Jazz Fest 4.25 Day 3 | Photos & Best Of

Words by: Kayceman | Images by: Dino Perrucci

Jazz Fest Day 3 :: 04.25.10 :: Sunday :: New Orleans, LA

Crystal clear blue skies and a steady breeze set the stage for an idyllic Sunday experience at Jazz Fest. Patrons were decked out in fancy hats and kids danced along with second line parades and Mardi Gras Indians. During one set at the main stage, a woman shared her tray of chocolate covered frozen strawberries with strangers while a young gentleman got out of his chair and insisted that the older lady standing near him have a seat. The communal spirit was in full bloom on Sunday, and it seemed as if everyone from the artists to the vendors to the crowd could feel it.

Kayceman's Top 3

#1 Levon Helm Band

Legendary drummer Levon Helm and his outstanding band, featuring guitarist Larry Campbell, played a wonderful set that included Band classics like "Chest Fever" and "The Weight" as well The Grateful Dead's "Tennessee Jed." A healthy dose of special guests, including Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Ivan Neville and Stanton Moore, all graced the stage during this quintessential Jazz Fest show.

#2 Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama in the Gospel Tent on Sunday is a special experience. Soul- stirring harmonies filled the open air tent as people were visibly moved, raising hands high towards the sky. Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" was coupled with "Spirit In The Sky," The Wire theme song "Way Down in the Hole" (originally written by Tom Waits), and a beautiful rendition of "Amazing Grace" that reminded us all why they call this God's music.

#3 The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band is playing some of its best rock & roll since Duane died, and their First Weekend Festival concluding set was yet another reminder of their enduring power. Guitarist Derek Trucks used crutches to get on and off stage and sat for the entire show, but the injury didn't affect his incredible slide work in any way. Long jams with spiraling guitars and burning leads from guitarist Warren Haynes were punctuated with classic Gregg Allman vocals and the never-ending propulsion of the three- piece percussive unit. The entire set was full of hits and every song was someone's favorite, but the crowd responded most enthusiastically to "Whipping Post," "Soulshine" featuring saxophonist Jay Collins, and "One Way Out." But nothing seemed to define the weekend better than the beautiful rendition of Van Morrison's "And It Stoned Me" sung by Haynes.

Check our Jazz Fest Survival Guide for Must See Bands, food suggestions and more...

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