New Orleans Jazz Fest is easily one of the most important festivals in the world. Becoming an integral part of its hometown's rich cultural history, the festival is celebrating 50 years of music this year.
To mark the golden anniversary, Jazz Fest curated a dizzying lineup pulling from everything from modern pop and chart-topping acts to local legends and up-and-comers.
In true New Orleans fashion, the festivities got off to an inauspicious start on Thursday with some serious downpour, but in the afternoon the clouds broke and they didn't return for the whole weekend.
With weekend two still to come, here are highlights from a historic, music-filled weekend one at New Orleans Jazz Fest 50.
Katy Perry jazzifies her set and even takes on some classics
Sing-a-longs a plenty at Earth, Wind & Fire's Thursday night set
At 93, festival founder George Wein is interviewed in front of a packed house about the festival's big anniversary this year.
George Wein and Quint Davis share memories of the 50 years of the JazzFest pic.twitter.com/bBXSmZXmhO— Marion Greenup (@gumbo60) April 25, 2019
Santana teams up with Trombone Shorty for a classic
Ricky Dillard shows Kanye how it's done
The Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute brings that authentic NOLA feel
What would Jazz Fest be without local cuisine?
Celebrating 50 years of good music, food and culture at @jazzfest! 🎷#jazzfest50— Zatarain's (@Zatarains) April 26, 2019
What's your favorite fest food?
A. Crawfish Beignets
B. Cochon de Lait Po-Boy
C. Boudin Balls
D. Other - tell us! pic.twitter.com/8cfEkxPzv8
The world colorful doesn't really cut it
Al Green knows how to pull them in
Logic works the crowd into a frenzy