New Orleans Jazz Fest 50th Anniversary: Weekend One Highlights

New Orleans Jazz Fest 50th Anniversary: Weekend One Highlights

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2020

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2020

New Orleans, United States of America

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.


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? 


The world colorful doesn't really cut it  


Al Green knows how to pull them in 


Logic works the crowd into a frenzy




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