Little Big Town, Fleetwood Mac at Jazz Fest
Karen Fairchild, right, and Kimberly Schlapman, members of the band Little Big Town, perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Little Big Town says that some networking they did is paying off with a chance to cross a couple of items off their "bucket list."
After playing Bayou Country SuperFest in Baton Rouge last year, group member Karen Fairchild said they talked to festival producer Quint Davis about other things they hoped to accomplish. They mentioned that they'd one day like to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Davis was in a position to help since he also produces Jazz Fest.
Known for its trademark four-part harmonies, Little Big Town performed in New Orleans on Saturday.
"Can you believe we're opening for Fleetwood Mac?" said Kimberly Schlapman, another group member. "We've been wanting to play Jazz Fest forever and now we're opening for Fleetwood Mac and can mark off two big things from our list."
Stevie Nicks, left, Mick Fleetwood, center, and Lindsay Buckingham, are seen on stage as Fleetwood performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Schlapman said early in their career they had the chance to meet Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, which she described as an "amazing harmony band."
"Being able to share a stage with them is one of our greatest wishes," she said.
Fairchild said they've watched Jazz Fest from afar for years. "The who's who of music shows up year after year at the festival. Who wouldn't want to play there?"
Flags flying amid a cool breeze, music fans packed the festival grounds by the stage where Little Big Town and Fleetwood Mac performed. Some put down tarps over the muddy infield. Others sat in chairs, wore rubber boots or stood barefoot to hear the bands.
"Once you're in it, it kind of feels good," said Mary Kathryn Gatlin, of Greenville, S.C., who danced shoeless in the mud, the muck covering her feet past the ankles. Gatlin was taking in her first Jazz Fest with her sister, Frances Gatlin.