As Jazz Fest comes to a close, fans heap praise on this year's event


Posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.

Sunday, the same held true for Jazz Fest 2012 and, as expected, large crowds wrapped up the event in celebratory fashion.

"I think it's been bigger and better than ever," said one local festival goer.

The final day delivered plenty of standout performances, including sets from local favorite, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which continued its 50th Anniversary celebration at the Gentilly Stage, while another group of New Orleans heroes - the Neville Brothers - closed things out on the main stage.

Across the event's seven days, Jazz Fest delivered plenty of star power, from classic artists like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen to several modern acts, including Foo Fighters, Bon Iver and Cee Lo Green.

"It's been great. Yesterday, we saw the Eagles, saw Bruce Springsteen last weekend. It was fantastic," said Scarth Clark, a local attendee.

Another festival goer, Patrick Andras, said this was the best Jazz Fest yet.

"You know, this year, came out and saw Tom Petty, did a great job. Yesterday, went ahead and saw the Eagles, who were amazing. The voices were good,” Andras said.

Others we talked with agreed.

The only complaints we heard were focused on what some described as excessive crowds at times, as well as the cost of the attending.

"You get a lot of value for the money, but it's still pricing out a lot of the locals,” said Dexter Joseph from New Orleans.

Still, tens of thousands of people flocked to the Fairgrounds each day, adding up to what some believe may have been the biggest Jazz Fest ever.

"Every year, to see it grow, is amazing," said local attendee Ginger Ellis. "It just, you know, warms my heart to know that all these people love this city and appreciate the music and the talent here and the art and everything here, so. I'm getting a little teary,” she said.