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Mumford and Sons, Band of Joy and More Rock the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Mumford and Sons perform at the New Orleans Jazz Fest

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The heart of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival may be the local talent, like piano player Jon Cleary, who on Friday brought out Mardi Gras Indians to help preview his upcoming tribute album to the great Allen Toussaint and jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison. But the big news on the fest’s kickoff day had to be simultaneous sets by Jeff Beck and Mumford and Sons. Beck played a highly technical, very electric set at one end of the Fair Grounds, while Mumford and Sons performed a spirited, exuberant set at the other. Beck looked every bit the rock star — of a mid-Eighties vintage — and reflected Jazz Fest’s affinity for the legends of rock, blues and soul.

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