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The first weekend of JazzFest didn’t disappoint this year. Amanda and I had a blast hanging out with our friends in the Quarter and out at the Fairgrounds. Got to see Amanda Shaw, Shamarr Allen, Cee-Lo, Tom Petty, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, and the Boss – a nice mix of local talent and big name headliners.

Petty put on my favorite show with a mix of hits and tracks from his Mojo album, plus acoustic versions of “It’s Time to Move On” and “Learning to Fly” and a sweet cover of “Travelling Light” by JJ Cale. Unfortunately we had to leave Cee-Lo early before the Goodie Mob made an appearance in order to get a decent spot for Petty. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue were pretty awesome as well, they ended their set by having all their band members switch instruments, without missing a beat, pretty badass. Springsteen also put on a great show despite a few hiccups. He probably had the biggest crowd we saw all weekend. We had a great spot though since we set up shop the entire day at the main stage. I haven’t been to JazzFest since college and I’m not sure why, looking forward to next year.

Here are the pics:

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Basically no bodily fluids in a New Orleans cab

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Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs

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Cee-Lo

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Tom Petty

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The Boss (a little closer than Petty which was the day before)

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Crowd shot

This video was a lot more entertaining in person