Jazz Fest - Thursday


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This Mardi Gras-ish marvel is not the chair soul singer Solomon Burke sang from. It's the back up.

Jazz Fest organizers presented audiences with another tough to choose final lineup on Thursday. Closing sets included Ben Harper, Solomon Burke, Emmylou Harris and Nicholas Payton.

- Burke looked regal in a glittery purple suit and ensconced in a fur-rimmed red cape. He's got a powerful voice, even singing sitting down. He was joined by two of his grandchildren on stage. And if anyone's keeping count, he mentioned that he has 21 kids, 90 grandkids and 20 great-grandkids. Solomon sang happy birthday to granddaughter Candy, and she sang "I Will Survive" for the crowd.

- One of the highlights of the day was the 3/4 Meter reunion. Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr. and Leo Nocentelli played extended versions of the Meter hits "People Say," "Africa" and "Cissy Strut" as well as some less familiar work that's been heavily sample by rap artists.

- Theresa Anderson is on a tear. She was a one-woman band thru her set used the same technology she used on Hummingbird, Go! to loop her own live samples while singing.

- Kirk Joseph's Backyard Goove may have annoyed the neighbors. Instead of the guitar-heavy funk jam some are accustomed to from the band, the set sounded more like Kirk Joseph's Soul Lounge, with a large horn section and mellow soul and R&B grooves.

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