The fifth day of Jazz Fest got off to a great start with the Paulin Brothers Brass Band- a traditional New Orleans style brass band. Other local acts included the great Irma Thomas, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Boutté and The Revivalists. Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket and Ms. Lauryn Hill closed the day as the headliners.
Paul Simon and his seven-piece band played a mixed set of old favorites including “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “The Boy in the Bubble,” as well as a couple of new songs on his new album “Stranger to Stranger” including “The Werewolf” and “Wristband” – a quirky story about a singer who gets locked out of the venue because he doesn’t have a wristband. While the audience had mixed reactions to his new songs, his old classics excited and mesmerized the crowd. After an encore performance, he closed the show with a brilliant performance of “The Sound of Silence.” One festival-goer from San Francisco named this as her favorite festival moment and described the magical quality that was created by the crowd softly singing along with the great Paul Simon.