Dead and Company were scheduled to play The Smoothie King Center last December, but the band postponed the show because guitarist John Mayer--the Jerry Garcia sub in this configuration--had to have an emergency appendectomy. Saturday night, they made up the show and revisited The Grateful Dead catalogue for hours, but there was no mention of Mayer's illness.
Yesterday, we talked at length about the first Friday of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival including Dr. John's set at (and based on the conversation on the My Spilt Milk Facebook page, it sounds like many of you saw the same show I did). Photographer David Fary was at the Fair Grounds for My Spilt Milk, and his Dr. John shot now tops the wrap-up story. Here are some of his highlights from Friday.