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Published: 2012/05/01
by Grace Beehler

John Stamos Joins The Beach Boys, Bill Kreutzmann and Members of Little Feat Collaborate at JazzFest

The first half of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival took place over the weekend with performances by Bruce Springsteen, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, GIVERS, Chuck Leavall, The Beach Boys, and many more local and national acts. In addition to official JazzFest performances, New Orleans was packed with late-night shows at local venues.

Marco Benevento kicked off the weekend early, performing a late-night set at DBA on Thursday that ran until 4 a.m. Highlights include the Led Zeppelin tune “Friends” and “Golden,” a My Morning Jacket cover, for the encore.

On Friday, Lafayette, LA-based GIVERS covered Talking Heads and performed some high energy tracks from their album, like “Up Up Up.” Bon Iver performed with an extended brass section, featuring six instruments for four players, but also performed some more stripped down versions of songs, including ones from For Emma, Forever Ago.

John Stamos, actor and president of The Beach Boys’ fan club, joined The Beach Boys for “Be True to Your School,” “Kokomo” and “Fun, Fun, Fun” during the headliner’s sunset performance. Late night sets included STS9 at Mardi Gras World. The band performed a ‘Sector 9’ show, meaning that the band did not use any laptops during the set. The set included songs like “EB,” “T.W.E.L.V.E.” and “Kaya.”

Grateful Feat, which featured Billy Kreutzmann, members of Little Feat, and Anders Osborne, among others, performed at Republic New Orleans on Friday night. Mickey Hart Band played Grateful Dead favorites, like “Fire on the Mountain” and “Bertha” as well as tracks from the band’s new album Mysterium Tremendum.

On Saturday, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cee Lo Green, Soul Rebels, Feist and more performed. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the evening and played covers like J.J. Cale’s “Travelin Light” and the Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle With Care.” Outside of the festival grounds, Greyboy Allstars performed Michael Jackson tunes all night at Tipitina’s.

Bruce Springsteen closed out the weekend with a two-and-a-half hour show that featured favorites like “Born to Run” as well as new tracks from Wrecking Ball. Dr. John also joined in for a few songs.

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