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The project also includes collaborations with B.B. King, Johnny Lang, Ann Peebles, Tracy Nelson and Charlie Musselwhite, who performed Thursday in the festival’s Blues Tent as well as with Lauper during her set.

When she confirmed her Jazz Fest appearance, Lauper immediately thought of bringing Toussaint in as a special guest too but “unfortunately he’s going to be playing on the other side of town at exactly the same time.”

“I had an extraordinary experience playing with those guys,” Lauper said. “I could actually feel like a dirt road under my feet when we did `Crossroads’ and that’s from where I sang, where I collaborated, on that level.”

Steve Klinzman and his wife Betty, of Overland Park, Kan., are fest veterans, having attended at least a dozen years. Klinzman said he loved her performance. “She was absolutely fantastic and I hadn’t realized she’d turned back to the blues,” he said. “I’m definitely going to get her new album.”