The Strokes x Jazz Fest

The New York Garage Rockers Lead A Stellar Lineup in New Orleans

Jazz Fest's legendary confluence of New Orleans' culture and bacchanalia lured indie royalty The Strokes to headline this year's ten-day celebration. Frontman Julian Casablancas braved the humidity in his native downtown gear and was captured on stage by photographer Martien Mulder, who shot guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. in his hotel room earlier that day. The meeting proved to be a rare, jam-free moment: “I was overwhelmed by the amount of music everywhere,” says New York-based Mulder, who names local oufit Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, pictured, as one of her standout acts. “There isn’t a silent moment on any street. Brass bands would play on their porches knowing crowds would pass by.” The sun-soaked festival, which has been held in the city's Fair Grounds Race Course since 1970, hosted performances by Arcade Fire, Willie Nelson and Wilco, plus local legends Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, and regional outfits representing the south's Cajun and swamp pop traditions.

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