Photos: Jazz Fest begins!

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Friday was the opening day of the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Dr. John performed at the Acura stage Friday, April 26, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Dr. John takes the Acura stage Friday on the opening day of the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He will play a rare solo show Thursday, Feb. 6, at the House of Blues. Dr. John is among several performers appearing at the benefit for House of Blues monitor engineer Gary Druilhet.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Melissa Braud and Robert Gale dance in front of the Fais Do Do stage Friday on the opening day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Gale, with his colorful hat, is a regular at the stage.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Friday was the opening day of the Jazz and Heritage Festival. The crowd swarmed the Acura Stage to hear Dr. John and John Mayer Friday, April 26, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Friday was the opening day of the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Guitarist Freddie Pate and Wayne Toups rock out the Acura Stage Friday, April 26, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Friday was the opening day of the Jazz and Heritage Festival. The crowd at the Jazz and Heritage Stage is reflected in the glasses of Young Pin Stripe Brass Band trombonist Terrence Green Friday, April 26, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Friday was the opening day of the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Herbert McCarver sings "I Ate Up the Apple Tree" with the Young Pin Stripe Brass Band at the Jazz and Heritage Stage Friday, April 26, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Chuck Blamphin has run the Fais Do Do stage at the Jazz and Heritage Festival for 40 years. He resets the stage in between acts Friday, the opening day.

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