NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sting is the opening day headliner for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
But by the time he takes the stage Friday evening, more than 60 acts will have performed at more than a dozen stages and tents throughout the infield of the Fair Grounds Race Course, home of the outdoor festival.
Tens of thousands are expected for a festival that caters to a wide variety of tastes in music, food and art.
Perfect weather was in the forecast — partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 70s.
But there was also sad news to temper the festival's joyous atmosphere: Thursday's death at age 79 of Charles Neville, the New Orleans-born saxophonist who gained fame with the Neville Brothers Band. The act closed out the festival for years.