The New Orleans Jazz Fest kicked off this past weekend with unforgettable performances. Unlike festivities such as Coachella, Jazz Fest brings its own star-studded power that keeps the event standing its ground. Eric Clapton, Charlie Wilson, Vampire Weekend to name a few, all gave off a terrific show and of course Robin Thicke's much talked about “Blurred Lines,” also gave off a thunderous and yet a short closing performance.
Nola reports today that Thicke’s Saturday performance was a quick forty minute set. It was reported that the star ended his set half an hour early before the scheduled 7pm. Despite the short set, the star made sure the crowd would not be disappointed with his smooth, energetic performance. He performed not only his last summer hit “Blurred Lines,” he also performed a couple of cover songs like Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You” and Al Green’s “Lets stay Together,” that kept the crowd jamming. Thicke wrapped up his set with his hit song by interacting with the crowd so fans could take a very up-close photo with the singer. Afterwards, The DJ played Kanye West's "Clique," as Mr. Thicke left the stage after spitting a couple of rap verses of the song. The crowd was not disappointed.
One of the most memorable performances was from the legendary guitarist, Eric Clapton. USA Today reports that it took nearly 45 years to get Mr. Clapton to attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but the wait was worth it. Clapton opened the set with the song “Somebody's Knocking” which reportedly set the tone for the rest of the show. After he played a few songs to let the band settle in, he let it be known that his guitar would be doing the talking for the rest of the set.
Public Enemy also gave a performance, which was somewhat odd to have a hip-hop group attend Jazz Fest. But hey, they were inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of fame” last year so of course they have every right to perform. The group reportedly gave an electrifying performance to set the weekend off. By performing nothing but their hits, Public Enemy had also worked in a few songs that came from the previous decade. A remake of the song “Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos” had a bit more of a graceful sound and less of a rough groove. Fans looking for the group to "Bring the Noise" got everything they could have hoped for.
Jazz Fest may be more of a low-key event, but it’s still a memorable and a worthy music fest. New Orleans Jazz Fest continues this weekend May 1st through May 4th.