"There's oirl, in, the wa-tah."
I was savoring a softshell crab po-boy between stages and hoping I'd be eating more, oil permitting. Artists across the fairgrounds used their stage time to spare a thought or two on the disaster down south. The more than 30-year-old brass funk ensemble the Dirty Dozen Brass Band chanted the above little ditty on their exploding brass take on "Fire on the Bayou" on the Acura stage this afternoon.
Later that afternoon, also on the Acura stage, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, a half-bottle-of-wine into the band's set, took a moment to "toast" BP. The big wigs at the oil giant must have nice homes and must take nice vacations with their nice, well-to-do children, he said, and surely, they must be looking for summer plans.
"Send your sons and daughters, BP," Vedder said, "to clean up this fking mess."
(Vedder took another moment during one of Mike McCready's scorching solos, this particular one on "Even Flow", trading a swig from his bottle for a lighter for his cigarette, thanks to a lucky fan in the front.) A biplane later flew overhead advertising a number to text to aid in the BP relief efforts.