Trombone Shorty, Arcade Fire, John Fogerty, the Radiators, Nevilles & More Close Out Jazz Fest
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue closed out the Acura Stage on the final day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the second time yesterday. The funk-rockers paid tribute to their hometown with an exciting set that saw frontman Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews’ put his crowd-working abilities on full display.
At the same time, the men who had held down the main stage-closing set for many years—the Neville Brothers—had something of a mini-reunion during Aaron Neville’s set at the Blues Tent, as the famed singer was joined on stage by his brothers Charles and Cyril. Meanwhile, John Fogerty closed out the Samsung Galaxy Stage with a rocking performance that featured hits like “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?,” “New Orleans” and a notable rendition of “Proud Mary” with special guests Allen Toussaint, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jo-el Savoy, the TBC Brass Band and Anthony Dopsie.
Earlier in the day, the Arcade Fire played before a younger-than-usual crowd on the Acura Stage. The indie-rock superstars worked their way through a set that spanned their entire catalog, with multiple songs from all four of their albums appearing during the show. Frontman Win Butler was generous with his compliments for the city of New Orleans, which he called “one of the only places in the this country that’s still it’s own place.” After wrapping up their 90-minute show with the bombastic hit “Wake Up,” the band teamed up with the Pinettes Brass Band for a New Orleans-style parade through the crowd.
Additionally, the legendary Art Neville joined his son nephew Ivan during a special Dumpstaphunk set on the Acura Stage early in the afternoon. The Meters keyboardist made his appearance about 30 minutes into the show, which also featured a guest appearance by his younger brother Cyril on tambourine and vocals. The band would also close out Tipitina’s Jazz Fest series later in the night with a guest appearance from 11-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederaurer.
Over at the Samsung Galaxy Stage, The Radiators reunited for a special show prior to Fogerty’s closing set, their first at the fest since officially disbanding in 2011. The local legends—Dave Malone, Reggie Scanlan, Frank Bua Jr., Ed Volker and Camile Baudoin—tore through songs like “Last Getaway,” “Smoking Hole” and “Like Dreamers Do” before ending their set with 10 minutes remaining on their slot. Meanwhile, Bobby Womack held things down in Congo Square, while Chick Corea & the Vigil impressed in the Jazz Tent.
The final day of Jazz Fest 2014 also featured performances by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Terence Blanchard Group, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias, the Stooges Brass Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Deacon John and many more.