Photos: 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Day 1

Images by: Susan Weiand

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Day 1 :: 4.22.16 :: New Orleans, LA

A wet first day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival took place Friday and saw Gov’t Mule welcome Grace Potter for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman.” Warren Haynes and the band later broke out their cover of “When Doves Cry” in honor of Prince. Potter herself delivered a take on “When Doves Cry” during her set with her band earlier in the day. Prince was also on the mind of Sharon Jones who along with The Dap-Kings dedicated their performance of their song “When I Come Home” to The Purple One, which Jones told the audience Prince had said was the “funkiest” [watch video of the performance below]. R&B vocalist Janelle Monáe dedicated her entire set to Prince and performed “Givin’ Em What They Love” which the pair wrote and recorded together for her last album.

Steely Dan’s hits-filled set included takes on “Aja,” “Hey 19,” “Peg,” “Reelin’ In The Years” and a closing performance of “Pretzel Logic” with old cohort Michael McDonald (who also performed a solo set) sitting-in. NOLA greats Buckwheat Zydeco, Camile Baudoin and Kermit Ruffins, as well as local group Cowboy Mouth were also among Friday’s performers. Photographer Susan Weiand was on hand to capture photos of JazzFest’s first day, view the gallery below:

[Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “When I Come Home” | Captured by Scott Allman]

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