Fans of live music, good food and life in general made the yearly pilgrimage to New Orleans the past two weekends for the annual New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival. The event represented the 45th gathering and featured headline artists that included Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Santana, Phish, Arcade Fire and Christina Aguilera, though the majority of music involved local musicians that continue the tradition of NOLA's rich musical heritage.
Jazz Fest has already set dates for 2015, and will take place between April 24 and May 3. Shell announced that they will continue to support the festival, pledging their sponsorship for the next five years and guaranteeing Jazz Fest reaches its 50th year.
Click through for a list of favorite performances during the second weekend of Jazz Fest.
John Fogerty was a fitting choice to close out 2014 Jazz Fest, headlining the Samsung stage. The 1960s rock icon, best known for his work in Creedence Clearwater Revival delivered an onslaught of hits as the sun began to set.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Would Jazz Fest exist without Trombone Shorty? Of course, but the New Orleans native has become an institution at the festival. He was given the grand honor of closing out 2014 Jazz Fest main stage and he did not disappoint, despite having to follow an epic performance by Arcade Fire.
New Orleans' rockers Cowboy Mouth preached their gospel in the form of hard driving rhythms. Vocalist and drummer Fred LeBlanc was perched front and center, leading his band through an energetic, hour-long set.
Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw owns the stage. Complex play and soulful vocals dominate her performance--bridging country, bluegrass and rock into a free-for-all jam session.
Arcade Fire wrapped up the first U.S. leg of their Reflektor Tour at Jazz Fest, they'll return in August after hitting Europe this summer. They marched out with symbolic bobbleheads and erupted into a unique fusion of musical styles that have catapulted them into rock god territory.
The Revivalists rocked the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Vocalist David Shaw seemed to spend as much time roaming through the crowd as he did on stage. Their energy kept fans entertained as the growing crowd thickened in anticipation Springsteen's late afternoon set.
The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart performed on Saturday, drawing a large crowd for their folk-influenced rock. Their set oscillated between energetic jigs and sleepy acoustic ballads. Alternating lead vocals and tempos ensured a steady mix of music. Check out their latest album, “Let’s Be Still.”
Blues guitar legend Johnny Winter still rocks a fretboard. Though confined to a chair in the humid blues tent, the virtuoso slide guitarist demonstrated his age-defying abilities with fervor.