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Jazz Fest keeps the music playing all night long

Dr. John with Lloyd Price and Irma Thomas
Dr. John with Lloyd Price and Irma Thomas
John Patrick Gatta

The fun doesn’t end on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend. Special events including late night shows keep the music playing all night long.

New Orleans legend Dr. John will be honored with an all-star tribute concert.

"The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music" takes place May 3 at the Saenger Theatre.

The lineup features Gregg Allman, Lucinda Williams, Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, Mavis Staples, Ryan Bingham and Jimmie Vaughan.

The show's musical director will be producer Don Was who commented on the honored guest. "Dr. John transcends genres with a truly distinctive sound that embodies the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and has tremendously influenced the course of music history.”

The man born Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. will take the stage with several of the special guests throughout the event, which is being filmed and recorded for future release.

The iconic local venue Tipitina’s hosts after shows by Funky Meters, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, California Honeydrops, Galactic, Trampled By Turtles, Spirit Family Reunion, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe & Friends, Dumpstaphunk, Royal Southern Brotherhood and DJ Soul Sister.

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The Republic host show by Cowboy Mouth, Tab Benoit’s Swampland Jam, Marc Broussard and two sold out nights with Dead Feat featuring Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat performing the music of the Grateful Dead, Little Feat, Osborne and more.

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This year’s JazzFest runs through May 4 with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Phish, Arcade Fire, John Fogerty, Foster the People, Bobby Womack, Alabama Shakes, Chaka Kahn among the artists scheduled.

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