[image-1]The guitar virtuoso held the crowd spellbound with a closing jam that featured a succession of red hot solos.
[image-2]The Soul Rebels' NOLA fusion of brass band jazz, funk and hip-hop kept the partying going strong long past midnight. Photo by Bob Pomeroy.
[image-3]The brass band enjoyed the most enthusiastic response of the night on the Louisiana Stage thanks to their celebratory music and the Mardi Gras beads they tossed didn't hurt either. Photo by Bob Pomeroy.
[image-4]There's me introducing the Soul Rebels before their 1:15 a.m. encore. Photo by Bob Pomeroy.
[image-5]The Zydepunks kicked things off on the Louisiana Stage.
[image-6]And inspired some crazy dance moves.
[image-7]Rick del Castillo rocking out flamenco style at the Cuban Club Bandshell.
[image-8]Mighty Lester leading his band through a jump blues workout at the Cuban Club Bandshell.
[image-9]A bird's eye view of the Cuban Club Bandshelll, during Lester's set, which started at 6:50 p.m. Saturday.
[image-10]Tropical Heatwave started at 5:30 p.m. and didn't wrap until about 1:30 a.m., when the Soul Rebels exited the Louisiana Stage for the last time. It appeared as if the crowd would have gladly watched the superior party band perform until sunrise. Photo by Bob Pomeroy.
All photos by Wade Tatangelo except where otherwise noted.