Arcade Fire headlined the final night of New Orleans Jazz Fest, with good news announced by sponsors, Shell.
The New Orleans Jazz Fest finished on a high note on Sunday May 5. Montreal-based band Arcade Fire had local musicians Pinettes Brass Band onstage with them, providing accompaniment and, at one point, a wordless rendition of Wake Up.
Springsteen drew huge crowds on Saturday night at the New Orleans Jaxx Fest
The night before had belonged to The Boss. Saturday night saw Springsteen take to the stage, opening with High Hopes, the eponymous track from his latest album. Unsurprisingly, he drew a huge audience who were blown away by his set, which featured performances of the usual tracks from his most recent tours.
Christina Aguilera took to the stage at Fair Grounds, growing baby bump and all. The Voice coach was fifteen minutes late to start her set, but once on stage exclaimed to the audience, “My senses are heightened, you smell wonderful.” Performing Nina Simone’s Sugar In My Bowl and B.B. King’s The Thrill Is Gone, she aptly gauged the tone of the festival. However, her closing tracks, Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, her collaboration with rapper Pitbull, Feel This Moment, and Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger (perhaps a nod to fellow The Voice coach and past New Orleans Jazz Fest headliner, Adam Levine) weren’t quite in tune with the theme of the festival.
Christina Aguilera's performance was a bit of a mixed bag
Good news came from festival sponsor Shell, who announced on the Friday night that they will be extending their arrangement with the festival for five more years.