Six years after his first appearance at JazzFest with The Seeger Sessions Band, Bruce Springsteen returned to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, though this time with The E Street Band. Same stage, different band, but similar feelings. Bruce brought back some of the songs he performed at his 2006 show, such as “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?”, “O Mary Don’t You Weep”, “Pay Me My Money Down” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In”. Due to the festival’s limitations, it was a shorter set, a bit over two and a half hours, and with an early start: at 4:38 Bruce was on stage already.
Midway thru the show, Bruce invited onstage the legendary singer and piano player Dr. John, who played and sang “Something You Got”, the Chris Kenner song Bruce used to play on his early tours, between 1972 and 1974. Some of the songs Bruce has been playing on the tour were left behind tonight, and the setlist was a bit different: “Land of Hope and Dreams” ended the main set, while “Pay Me My Money Down” opened the encores and the medley “Rocky Ground”/”When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” was done almost at the end of the show, right before Bruce and the band said goodbye with “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”.