More Highlights from Jazz Fest Opening Day

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Published on: April 25th, 2009

Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., with Marc StoneWhile the Blues Tent has had plenty of easy-going shows, a double whammy from Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm kings and Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters (pictured at right with guitarist and 'OZ show host Marc Stone) proved it to be a genuine party spot today. Dopsie had the crowd spilling outside the tent before he even set foot on stage.

The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians (below) doled out a second helping of Mardi Gras on the Jazz and Heritage Stage for those that missed it at the beginning of the day. With some of the more creative, though certainly still traditional, costumes I've ever seen and the energy to match, they put on a truly great show.

Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indian

Over at the Gospel Tent, an impenetrable wall of listeners tried to squeeze in to catch our good friend Irma Thomas (pictured below) along with the legendary Mavis Staples and Pamela Landrum to pay tribute to gospel great Mahalia Jackson. Irma had to be brought hankies between songs, but her voice was as strong as ever, as was her wit.

Irma Thomas


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