Somewhat ironically, one of the most popular Americana bands today is the English folk band, Mumford & Sons. Arriving in New Orleans a few days early for the final performance of the instantly iconic Railroad Revival Tour, Mumford & Sons performed on the first day of Jazz Fest.
In the half hour leading up to the show, one could watch the return of the British Invasion split the fairgrounds along chronological lines — older festivalgoers headed to see guitar god Jeff Beck, while the younger audience migrated towards Mumford & Sons. Mumford & Sons’ Jazz Fest set essentially mirrored their Railroad Revival show, drew from the monster record, Sigh No More and included the hits “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man.”
Photos by Steve Hopson