NEW ORLEANS -- $300,000,000 -- that's the usual economic impact of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
But this year was the perfect storm, without a storm -- big musical talent with flawless weather.
The top guy gave us exclusive 'day-after' impressions.
Trucks and machines were buzzing. It will take two to three weeks, but those striking the set at the Fair Grounds are whistling while they work.
One wooden flute maker from Brazil played his instrument as he packed.
"For this festival to reach its full potential, you want this. You want this," said Quint Davis, Jazz Fest producer and director, pointing to the clear sky. "And yes, this will be one of the biggest and one of the best."
Davis remembers last year as the worst weather, but for the 45th anniversary, this was the best weather ever. Not a drop of rain and low humidity, rare for New Orleans this time of year.
"On the second Saturday, when Bruce (Springsteen) was here, I think that we were the fourth largest city in Louisiana: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Jazz Fest. You know there are not that many cities that are 100,000 or more," Davis said.
Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, said hotels were 100 percent booked for last weekend's trifecta of music, golf and a doctor's convention.
This past weekend, they were 90 percent booked and in the 80 percent range for Sunday night.
And Davis and Romig both said the best thing about the Jazz Fest being at the fairgrounds is you get to be in New Orleans when you walk out, with even more great music stages and food.
"I saw visitors all over the city. They were up on Magazine Street. They were in the Bywater. They were in Mid-City, of course around City Park and the Fairgrounds. And the city just had a great vibe about it this weekend," Romig said.
And we found some tourists in the French Quarter still here enjoying the city. One was a groom-to-be.
"I knew I was getting married in June and you know, you have a bachelor's party a couple of month's prior. Why not go to Jazz Fest? It was awesome. It was great," said Stan Zielinski from Ocean City, Maryland, who was out with two of his friends from Washington, D.C.
"Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, what they said to us was, 'This was our easiest show.' They said, 'This was the, this was the best we've been treated. This was the best organized of any festival we've been to,'" Davis said.
Romig said the direct economic impact will be tallied in the months to come, and with success in the tourism industry, airlines are slowly increasing flights in to Armstrong International.