Headlining the first day of Jazz Fest, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy delivered a hard rocking set heavily laden with Led Zeppelin songs.
While the name of Plant’s Band of Joy harkens back to a 1960s band that predated Led Zeppelin, the current incarnation includes Americana musicians Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin and Darrell Scott, as well as Marco Giovino on percussion and Byron House on bass.
Though the line-up would suggest that the band plays with a more Americana sound, the band’s Jazz Fest set was more similar to one that Plant’s most famous band would have played. The hour and a half long set began with Zepplin’s “Black Dog,” albeit at a slower pace than the original, and included staples, “Misty Mountain Hop,” “Houses of the Holy,” “That’s the Way,” and “Ramble On.”
The set’s strongest Americana moments came with the songs selected by the band’s other members. In particular, the Darrell Scott rendition of “A Satisfied Mind” was especially moving. The band also referenced Plant’s previous collaboration with Allison Krauss, which performed at Jazz Fest three years ago, in its rendition of “Please Read the Letter.”
Photos by Steve Hopson