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Festival serves up a feast of music

NEW Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is seen as a fantastic excuse to party in the city that spawned jazz. And, when you see this year's line-up, including Eric Clapton, Santana, Chaka Khan, below, and Robert Plant, it's hard not to get carried away by the party vibe calling you all the way from Louisiana.

Jazz Fest began as a celebration of the city's 250th birthday in 1968, and back then it attracted musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck.

This year the music festival is running over this weekend and next and, along with musical acts, which will include Lyle Lovett, Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen, there's a cultural section to the festival. This includes a Native American Village, as well as a Louisiana Marketplace and a Congo Square African Marketplace.

The Jazz Fest food list includes sausage and jalapeno bread, Cajun jambalaya, alligator pie and fried green tomatoes.

www. nojazzfest. com

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