There truly is nothing like Day One at Jazz Fest. Once one steps foot on the sacred Fairgrounds for the first time, all the forethought, plotting and planning that goes into crafting an idyllic and tailor-made Fest experience starts unfolding, evolving and happening. As is always the case, the magic starts almost instantly and this year’s first day was no different as Allen Toussaint joined Guitar Slim Jr. for the very first three songs to be played in the Blues Tent. Just the tip of the iceberg of what’s in store for fans at the Fairgrounds and around town over the next ten days.

jazzbeersWe’ll be hosting a good bit of coverage from our team at the Fairgrounds and around town alongside @LMBNOLA so stay tuned for photos, recaps and more from the Granddaddy of American music festivals. Continue below for a few highlights and fan tweets from Day One in the Crescent City at Jazz Fest 2013. Finally, if you can’t make it to NOLA you can still stream the WWOZ Tent action live at or watch some of the bigger acts on AXS TV.

soul rebsSoul Rebels Brass Band | Photo by Billy Morgan


– Luther Dickinson joined Anders Osborne for the majority of his set on the Gentilly Stage that included a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower.” (See’s review here)

“This New Orleans-based artist, who wields a slide guitar with the precision of a surgeon and the ardor of a lover gone over the precipice of commitment, played as solid an hour’s worth of material as any sane listener could desire.”

– Allen Toussaint sat in with Guitar Slim Jr. for the first three songs to be performed in the Blues Tent on opening day.

– Dr. John unveiled his new band including Trombonist Sarah Morrow to rave reviews.

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– Gary Clark Jr. “really doesn’t smile alot“…but he sure can play!

– Sonny Landreth’s set in the Blues Tent is an annual can’t miss and judging by the meandering sounds that were coming from the WWOZ stream, this year’s set was no different.

– Terrence Simien gave a “Boston Strong” shout out on the Fais Do Do Stage before going into “Zydeco Boogaloo > I Want You Back.”

– John Mayer covered Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home”.

– The popular Cochon de Lait reportedly sold out before the music ended. Hungry people up in arms.