Chevel Johnson / The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS -- Music fans poured through the gates as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicked off Friday under powder-blue skies.
The festival grounds at the Fair Grounds racetrack quickly filled as fans staked out spots where they could catch performances by The Beach Boys, Steel Pulse and BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet.
At the Fais-Do-Do stage, the air filled with sounds of Cajun fiddles and spoons scraping across washboards as Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys entertained the early-birds. His traditional Creole songs, some performed in French, kept Leona Gard of Metairie, La., dancing with a wide smile.
Gard says the Playboys are one of the few groups that still offer an old-school sound not often heard.
The festival runs over the next two weekends.