Mia Borders: The Road to Jazz Fest

Originally posted on WGNO:

It’s Wednesday afternoon at Blue Nile on Frenchmen St. and Mia Borders and her band are rocking and rolling in an empty upstairs room. The floors are vibrating, the sun is shining in through the windows and between songs, very few words are exchanged between band mates. The energy is positive and everyone seems to be on the same page. After going through the set list, I sit down for a one on one interview with Mia.

“Tell me about the road to Jazz Fest,” I begin.

“A lot of once a month gig-ing for a couple hundred bucks split four ways, playing for tips, struggling to write songs I thought were good enough,” replies Borders.

“Jazz Fest is a pretty remarkable experience, just to go, so to be a performer it’s a remarkable experience.”

This is Mia’s fourth year playing at Jazz Fest and her first time on the…

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