Well, the dizzying annual affair that is New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is underway, thunderously charging toward its official close on Sunday. The days until the end of the weekend are packed with dozens of daytime performances at the Jazz Fest Fairgrounds and the venues across the city will continue to be stuffed ’til early in the morning with an insane amount of late-night performances by the hundreds of world-class musicians who have taken up residence in the city over the last week or so.
On Thursday, the official Jazz Fest performances launched the second weekend of the massive event with a bang, seeing performances by Widespread Panic, George Porter Jr., and more officially welcome in the start of round two. Yesterday, on Cinco De Mayo, the crowd was similarly buzzing for Jazz Fest, and Friday’s festivities were kicked off by stunning daytime performances by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds–a joint performance that also saw the band welcome the legendary Jimmy Buffet to the stage, and later, trumpet player Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band–and The Revivalists. You can check out photos of these performances below, courtesy of Dave Vann.
As to be expected, the party did not stop there. To hold down some of the many Jazz Fest late night’s on Friday evening, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, White Denim, and Worship My Organ (featuring John Medeski, Robert Walter, and Marco Benevento), all threw down across New Orleans in addition to the massive 15th annual Bayou Rendezvous, a huge event with nine performances across the Howlin’ Wolf’s two stages, including multiple giant all-star collaborations.
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