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Steady rain greets Jazz Fest as 1st weekend closes

April 29, 2013 • Entertainment


Art Neville salutes the crowd as the Nevilles Brothers play at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on a rainy Sunday, April 28, 2013 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Kathleen Flynn)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A steady, sometimes heavy rain pelted fans Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but the music flowed on.

A soaked Dave Matthews and his band played through a strong downpour at the tail end of the closing weekend, much to the fans’ delight as they danced along with him and cheered him through the bad weather.

Matthews ended his performance just before a flash of lightning and strong thunder echoed his goodbyes to the crowd, which stretched to the back track and beyond despite the weather, as is usual for that stage.

Umbrellas, rain boots and plastic ponchos were out in abundance early as fans stood among the puddles and water-soaked grass, awaiting clearer skies. The rain had stopped for a time in the afternoon, but came back in time to drench the evening crowd.

Paul Rother, of Venice Beach, Calif., said he and his friend, Mark Sender, of Hollywood, drove 2,300 miles to attend this year’s festival, and a little rain wasn’t going to make Login to read more

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