After a wet start on Friday, the sun came out and beautiful weather prevailed at the Fair Grounds Saturday. The infield in front of the Acura Stage was packed for the much anticipated Simon & Garfunkel set. For once, the pair seemed to share more personal than musical harmony. Art hit troubled water on "Scarborough Fair," but the set list was all hits, even Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," and the crowd had no problem singing along. The most amazing harmony at the fest was struck between My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which have been performing together recently. The Pres Hall band joined Jim James et al for a funk romp through "Highly Suspicious." Then they tackled "Mother-In_Law." Then Bonerama's Craig Klein and Mark Mullins came on stage with Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and they all did "Carnival Time." To close the set, Clint Maedgen arrived and the ensemble covered Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up." It was an odd progression but an absolutely inspired set.
There was a second-line parade in memory of Marva Wright, and she has been added to the Fest ancestor memorials.
More photos after the jump.
Quantity seemed to highly correlate with quality on many stages. Kirk Joesph's Tuba Tuba collected eight tubas and sousaphones. But the biggest instrument round up was on the Fais Do-Do Stage during the Savoy Center Cajun Jam. Ann Savoy first told the crowd that experience is not necessary to join the weekly jam in Eunice, but then quickly corrected herself and said she was surrounded on stage by geniuses. Filling the Cajun orchestra were at least seven violins, four accordions, five guitars, one lap-steel guitar and one triangle.
Joe Jazz Fest swings the Fess Head during the Midnight Disturbers set at the Jazz & Heritage Stage.