Tuba Tuba Tuba!

Michael Giberson

It is the sort of thing that makes me wish I lived nearer New Orleans and simultaneously wonder whether I’d ever get any work done if I did. From the WWOZ website:

WWOZ broadcasts the second annual Tuba Tuba Tuba music festival featuring a 30-sousaphone second-line, live band performances, and street-corner ensembles. Performers include Kirk Joseph, Anders Osbourne, John “Papa” Gros, Big Sam, Philip Frazier, Big Al Carson, Matt Perrine, Craig Klein, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove, The Tin Men and many more. Tuba Tuba Tuba will also feature a musical tribute to Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen featuring 16 of New Orleans’ greatest tuba players. The festival will be held all throughout the French Market, starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Check back soon to find out the broadcast times and more details.

Five hours long! A 30-sousaphone second-line! Kirk Joseph! Matt Perrine!

The WWOZ notice is illustrated with a photo of Joseph and Perrine from the 2008 JazzFest “Tuba Woodshed” event (click for “tuba woodshed” tagged photos at Flickr) which was surely the most touching musical lovefest I’ve ever attended that featured sousaphones and was carried out in a large tent in the state of Louisiana.