The NBA All Star half time was a razzle-dazzling performance accented with authentic New Orleans tributes.
Trombone Shorty started the show with low, sultry vocals, but he really wooed the crowd when he led Orleans Avenue in a jazzy brass march, as only a NOLA-raised boy could.
For all the band’s stellar performing, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue couldn’t do much to avoid getting upstaged by the purple-coat-and-hat clad Dr. John, who performed Iko, Iko, the Mardi Gras Indian war song and a definite anthem of the Crescent City.
Half time continued with Gary Clark Jr.’s “Bright Lights.” Again, a strong vocal performance that was unable to match the vibrancy of his game-opening “Star Spangled Banner” guitar solo — an instrumental rendition punctuated with slides and blues vibrations that quivered in Clark Jr’s fingertips.
Janelle Monae got her funky groove on, complete with a moonwalk that had the crowd roaring. She mixed it up just right for Earth Wind and Fire who brought the house in New Orleans down.