Jazz Fest: Stevie Wonder, Wilco get political (via USA Today)

The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival concluded late Sunday afternoon with the past and future of New Orleans’ funk. The legendary Meters closed the festival on one stage with a set of the band’s favorites dating back 50 years, while Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue featured music from his week-old Parking Lot Symphony on another. They capped a weekend where much of the news was made by national artists, some of which made up for 2016 rain outs.

Saturday, Jazz Fest concluded with Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder playing to crowds that sprawled on to the dirt horse racing track at The Fair Grounds. Both lost their sets in 2016 when torrential rains forced the festival to close early that day. If anything, the year’s wait for their returns only built excitement for the sets, not that you could tell from Snoop’s performance. His trademark low-key delivery and easy presence said Saturday was just another day on the calendar, which is just what his audience wanted.

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