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20 Best Things We Saw at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014

Arcade Fire’s second-line, John Fogerty’s Bruce Springsteen cameo and other memorable moments from New Orleans

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People in New Orleans say hello and goodbye with "Happy Jazz Fest!," as if the two-weekend festival is a holiday on par with Christmas — or Fat Tuesday, which isn't too far off, as local musicians and bartenders estimate that the tourist crowds brought in by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are second only to those of Mardi Gras. This year there was a lot to wade through, but over two weeks Rolling Stone found 20 highlights from Louisiana’s most essential music festival. By Paul de Revere

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Best Local Prodigy: Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty has played the instrument of his name since he before he was the size of it. Beyond his hometown cred, intense talent and crossover potential Shorty is remarkable for his ability to circle breathe, a technique that allows the 28 year-old to hold a note for an eerily long time. Closing out Jazz Fest’s main stage on its final day, Trombone Shorty held a majestic one – at times quiet, at times blaring – for at least 60 seconds. Oh, and he can also play trombone and trumpet from two different corners of his mouth. You know, no big deal.

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Best Encapsulation of the Entire Festival: The Dr. John Tribute Show

In a rare absence, New Orleans R&B legend Dr. John didn’t play this year’s Jazz Fest this year, but the Doctor more than made up for it with the lineup he and Keith Wortman – who has orchestrated all-star tributes to the likes of Johnny Cash, Levon Helm and Gregg Allman – got together Saturday night at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre. There, a who's who of New Orleans and American roots music toasted the elder statesman with a few hours of classic covers and collaborations.

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