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NYT: Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Goal: Keep History and Make It

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Bonnaroo Festival in June 2013.
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Alan Light – New York Times

(July 5, 2013) –  At the recent Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ran a musical marathon. When the Saturday headliners, Mumford & Sons, canceled after a band member’s medical emergency, the group was drafted to play a set of its own in one of the tents. As soon as that performance ended, five of the band members got into a van and sped to the main stage, where they joined the substitute headliner, Jack Johnson, for the final song of his encore (hastily rehearsed that afternoon in a motel lobby), in front of a stadium-size audience.

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