At the same time country music was celebrated throughout the weekend in Indio, California, a star-studded party for jazz tunes was held in another state, New Orleans. Fresh off his live performance at Los Angeles' Memorial Sports Arena, Bruce Springsteen helped close the first weekend of the Jazz Festival with a two-and-a-half hour show.
Marking his return to the concert since his performance in 2006, the Boss catered the crowd with around 23 songs. He delivered songs like "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?", "Oh Mary Don't You Weep", "Pay Me My Money Down" and "When The Saints Go Marching In", that hadn't been played since Seeger Sessions Tour in 2006.
Backed up by The E Street Band, Springsteen also filled his set on the Acura stage with new songs from his latest No. 1 album "Wrecking Ball", like "We Take Care of Our Own" and "Death to My Hometown". At one point, he's joined by New Orleans blues legend Dr. John to deliver "Something You Got" and "Oh Mary Don't You Weep".
"Something You Got" was written by John and Chris Kenner. It was released as a single by Kenner in 1961, and was covered by Springsteen a few times between 1972 and 1974.
The 2012 New Orleans Jazz Festival started Friday, April 27 with a host of stars like The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Tom Petty, Gomez and Chuck Leavell. On the day Springsteen rocked the gig on the Acura stage at the Fair Grounds Race Course, Al Green took the Congo Square stage for live performances as well. Other performers included Cee-Lo Green, Ne-Yo and Jimmy Buffett.