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Day 8 Highlights at Jazz Fest 2024: Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, Erica Falls, and More

by Madonna

The final weekend of Jazz Fest 2024 kicked off with a day filled with both international sensations and local legends, celebrating the rich tapestry of music that New Orleans is renowned for.

While the Rolling Stones’ presence still lingered in the air, Dwayne Dopsie, accompanied by the Zydeco Hellraisers, kept the excitement alive by sharing anecdotes about his collaboration with the Stones. Amidst blistering solos and nods to classic rock, Dopsie hinted at future endeavors, including a potential recording venture in England, leaving fans eager for more.

Thursday saw Mick Jagger inviting Irma Thomas onto the Festival Stage for a memorable duet of “Time is On My Side.” The Soul Queen of New Orleans mesmerized the audience with her timeless classics, showcasing her unparalleled talent and undeniable ownership of the song. Thomas’s afternoon set on Sunday further solidified her status as a Jazz Fest tradition, treating fans to a soulful journey through her repertoire.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue took over the festival’s closing slot, continuing the tradition established by the Neville Brothers. Troy Andrews, alongside Cyril Neville, delivered a dynamic performance infused with familial camaraderie. Blending rock energy with New Orleans flair, the band treated fans to a captivating mix of originals and classic covers, culminating in an electrifying rendition of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Erica Falls, known for her soulful vocals and funk-infused sound, delighted audiences on the Congo Square Stage. With nods to retro soul and funk, Falls set the stage for Earth, Wind & Fire’s later performance, leaving fans grooving and craving more.

Making history on the Lagniappe Stage, the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars showcased their unique fusion of traditional Klezmer music with experimental funkmer, accompanied by interpretive dancers. Meanwhile, Dragon Smoke delivered a set filled with familiar tunes infused with reggae vibes, perfectly complementing the festive atmosphere.

In the Economy Hall tent, The Hot Plates made their Jazz Fest debut, transporting audiences back to the swingin’ era of jazz with their infectious tunes and vibrant performances. With each member shining in their own right, The Hot Plates offered a delightful taste of classic jazz for festival-goers to enjoy.

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