Sunday May 2 – The Final Day – Van The Man & The Nevilles


The weather looked threatening but held off for most of the afternoon. Last minute preparations to leave tomorrow included another shop at the Louisiana Music Factory, picking up laundry and a final breakfast at the Croissant D’Or on Ursulines.

Graham, Linda, Gail and I set up our chairs at the side of the main stage with a good view and good sound. Irma Thomas put in her usual assured set. I dashed over to see Warren Storm, Willie T and Cypress on the Fais Do Do. Sarah and the Australians got a few mentions. Then I settled in for Van.

Despite the drizzle that appeared during his set nothing could stop Morrison putting in one of the best shows I have seen him do. Not quite up there with last year’s Astral Weeks concert in Hollywood or the Austin City Limits gig but pretty damned good. With an abbreviated band he performed some well-known songs, some more obscure ones, one for New Orleans (‘St James Infirmary’) and even told a joke. Someone reported that he smiled. His version of ‘When The Healing Has Begun’ was brilliant.

The Neville Brothers closed out the festival and I tried to get a glimpse of BB King in the Blues Tent on the way out but it was way too crowded.

Dinner in the evening at Ralph & Kacoo’s officialy finished the tour for us and we all go our separate ways, some to New York, some of us to Austin, some here for another night then home.

It is hard to believe it is all over. I am off for four days of rest and gigs in Austin.

Lucky we weren’t starting the tour this week as Memphis and parts of Mississippi are flooded!

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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