New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off

Jean entertained the crowd with Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” his own take on Bob Dylan’s “Knocking’ on Heaven’s Door,” as well as a bit of freestyle. He also revved up the fans when he spontaneously jumped into the midst of them. As they bounced to his beats and screamed his name, he shook hands while cameras clicked and roars of approval hummed in the air.

“I’ve never seen him live before, but he’s so connected to his audience. He’s so full of positive energy,” said Kelly Ketner, who was at the festival with her boyfriend, Alex Perk, on a visit to New Orleans from Ottawa, Canada.

Perk said Jean “puts on a great show,” but his draw was Mumford and Sons. “It’s all about the music, the instrumental interludes for them. They were amazing.”

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