The Meters, Trombone Shorty close out the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest (via New Orleans Advocate)

The old and new schools of New Orleans music closed out the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at opposite ends of the Fair Grounds on Sunday evening.

The Gentilly Stage schedule concluded with the Meters, the bedrock New Orleans funk band that released its first single in 1968 and performed at the very first Jazz Fest, in 1970.

Simultaneously, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews — who was born 16 years after the Meters’ first Jazz Fest gig — shut down the Acura Stage for the fifth consecutive year.

At 31, Andrews is very much a musician of the moment. As his recent stint opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers indicated, he very much aspires to fill arenas. Sticking entirely to a New Orleans script isn’t likely to land him that role.

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