Why Sober Spaces at Jazz Fest and Other Music Events Are So Important (Guest Column)
“It’s about giving people an opportunity to bring their whole selves to the festival, free of shame and fear,” says Bill Taylor.
During my first visit to New Orleans for Jazz Fest many years ago, I experienced a profound moment that changed everything for me. The best way to describe it would be the sensation of deja-vu; like I had been here before, or more specifically that I had returned “home.” That day, the city spoke to me, and thankfully I heeded the call.
Shortly after that auspicious Jazz Fest, New Orleans became my home, and I’ve worked in the music industry here since then. This city has provided me with a sense of purpose, a feeling of belonging, and a community of like-minded folks who share the same passion for music. It’s also given me the foundation for a meaningful life.
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