LIVE coverage of the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend, was quite the experience. The weekend featured amazing performances from Hall & Oates, John Mayer, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, The Black Keys, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Phoenix, Cowboy Mouth, Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty and many more – not to mention exclusive interviews with many listed above, as well as with the legendary Jimmy Buffett – AXS TV was the place to be for your front row ticket and backstage pass to Jazz Fest.
Just having recently celebrated his 80th birthday, Willie Nelson was a crowd favorite on Friday, performing the longest of any of the artists who hit the stage on Friday. On Saturday, the sun came out, and Little Big Town kicked things off performing much of their own material, as well as quite a few covers. If you’ve seen Little Big Town perform in the last year, you probably weren’t surprised by their rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” — but what really got the crowd moving was when they performed their version of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie.”
French group Phoenix got a bunch of the under-30 crowd excited, especially when lead singer Thom Mars took the mic and went out in the crowd. Quite a surprise for both the audience and security! Savannah Jane Buffett got the inside scoop in French and in English – ooh la la – with the band before they hit the stage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkPbfJg2Y2E
Representing the local crowd, Cowboy Mouth had crazy energy, especially their lead singer Fred LeBlanc, a New Orleans native who got the huge crowd moving and grooving. The group has been playing Jazz Fest for nearly two decades. Internationally known artists were out in full force too: Dave Matthews Band and Billy Joel also braved the cold and rain last weekend to give epic performances.
Sunday, many people came excited to hear Hall & Oates. They had a long set – over an hour – and performed favorites like “Rich Girl” and “You Make My Dreams Come True.”
Maroon 5 had the crowd rocking. Lead singer Adam Levine was dancing up a storm and kept thanking the audience for supporting live music and emphasizing its importance in our culture.
Even with so many other performances throughout the weekend, the guy who really stole the show was none other than New Orleans Wunderkind, Trombone Shorty. Playing on the biggest Acura stage, he gave an unbelievable performance that had everyone grooving, with their hands in the air and their jaws dropping at his sheer talent and showmanship. Our own Allison Hagendorf had the opportunity to interview him about his impact on the city of New Orleans, and he is truly the definition of a class act: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8JcoLk83-c
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