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Apr 29, 2010 2:13 PM

Thursday at Jazz Fest: A day for the locals

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sunny skies and a brisk breeze welcomed the crowd at the Fair Grounds Race Course as the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival got underway.

Traditionally, Thursday is the day locals take a day off to enjoy the festival, which closes Sunday with performances by The Neville Brothers and B.B. King. There's generally more room to relax and less wait for food or bathrooms.

A lot of schools also choose this day to bring groups of children on field trips to the festival.

Performances scheduled Thursday include Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, Average White Band and a 100th birthday tribute to jazz legend Louis Prima featuring Bobby Lonero, Johnny Pennino and the New Orleans Express.

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