Donald Harrison Jr., feathered but with no headgear.
On the Jazz & Heritage stage, up and coming outfits like the High Steppers, Pinstripe, and Forgotten Souls Brass Bands, held forth. On the bigger Congo Square stage, I was pulled in by the Soul Rebels version of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail," a not uncommon hip hop cover coming from younger generation of brass players. I then stuck around as the band, who are playing World Cafe Live on June 5, brought out Big Freedia, the reality TV star and Queen Diva of New Orleans hip-hop bounce music.
Spencer Taylor & the Highway QCs.
Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers.
Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys.
New Orleans Nightcrawlers.
James Andrews & the New Orleans All-Stars.
Blodie's Jazz Jam.
Elizabeth's, in the Bywater.
(The paper, which did a rock solid job of covering Jazz Fest, currently publishes as a broadsheet three days a week, and as a tabloid called TP Street three days a week. On Saturdays, you have no choice but to go digital. Local wags refer to it as the Sometimes Picayune.)
On Sunday, Trombone Shorty & his band Orleans Avenue closed out the Fest on the Fair Grounds biggest stage, taking over the duties formely handled by the Neville Brothers for the second year in a row.