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Topic - Leona Gard
Music fans poured through the gates at Friday's start of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, staking out spots to catch performances by The Beach Boys, Steel Pulse and Irma Thomas, who is performing a tribute to gospel great Mahalia Jackson.
"They're a nice warm-up, before the faster music comes," said Gard, 65, as she danced a slow-zydeco step to Thibodeaux's engaging tunes.
"They set the pace for others like Geno Delafose," she said. "Come back and see the crowd when he plays. Everyone will be on their feet dancing."