1 May 2012 7:21 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

A few weeks ago my friend Sal lamented that he would miss his annual pilgrimage to JazzFest this year. (Thanks, economy.) I thought at the time, who cares, we've got plenty of culture right here in the Big Apple. Plus I'd spent a long JazzFest weekend in 2004 the year prior to Hurricane Katrina's devastation. But as I rewind through this past weekend in New Orleans as part of the collective that descends annually to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, I was struck by the undeniable and infectious vibe of the event.

Back in New York, we think we know and own all culture. In many ways we do, and it is often measured by the media by how loud we bray and beat our collective cultured chests. And it's certainly one of the main reasons I moved here in 1981. Then the East Village music and art scene was second to none. »

- Dusty Wright

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