Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up with an enormous pool of high-profile artists from New Orleans and beyond on Saturday for a superjam at the annual Greenwich Town Party in Greenwich, CT.

Following a day full of performances by The RevivalistsMavis StaplesDirty Dozen Brass BandPete Francis, and more, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the long-running New Orleans institution, took the reins for the collaborative headlining set. Curated by Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe and decorated guitarist/producer Eric Krasno, the 2.5-hour performance showcased not just the music of New Orleans—and its beloved creators themselves—but the ways in which NOLA music culture has rippled out into the world at large.

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After Preservation Hall Jazz Band spent the first portion of the performance setting the mood for the Crescent City-style throwdown in Connecticut, Krasno, Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), Raymond Weber, Erica Falls, and more joined as a sort of secondary “house band” unit to guide the proceedings from jazz into funk with a string of New Orleans favorites.

The stream of special guests continued to intensify as Celisse joined in on guitar for a pair of tunes including a sneering, Tony Hall-led rendition of Led Zeppelin‘s “Ramble On”. After Cyril and Ivan took turns leading the Preservation Hall Jazz Band contingent through gospel-soul classics, Wyclef Jean and Tarriona “Tank” Ball (Tank and the Bangas) appeared onstage with the Krasno-led funk squad for a pair of hits from the Fugees catalog, “Ready or Not” and “Killing Me Softly”, with Ball putting her uniquely animated spin on the parts originated by Lauryn Hill. After Ball took her leave, Wyclef grabbed a guitar and stuck around to lead the band through “I Shot The Sheriff”.

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and his krewe of Mardi Gras Indians had been roaming the event’s grounds spreading Big Easy cheer throughout the day, so it was only a matter of time before they joined the party onstage. In full regalia, Boudreaux and company marched up to add some flavor to a rousing performance of Mardi Gras anthem “Iko Iko” featuring special guests George Porter Jr. (The Meters) and Harry Connick Jr., while Wyclef hung around to connect the dots between New Orleans’ French Quarter and his native Haiti’s French roots with a bilingual freestyle rap verse.

With the decorated Connick still manning the piano and The Meters’ Porter holding down the low end, Trombone Shorty joined in to help lead a thundering take on Meters/Neville Brothers staple “Fire on the Bayou”. The highlights continued as Erica Falls, Celisse, Tank, and Jolynda Kiki Chapman stepped into the spotlight in feather boas for a performance of the NOLA-referencing Labelle classic “Lady Marmalade”.

As time began to wind down, the evening’s final guest, beloved “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas, took the stage to lead the band through “Time Is On My Side”, which she recorded in 1964, and signature Tina Turner song “The Best”, which she covered on her Grammy-nominated 1991 album, Live! Simply the Best. With feelings of love and loss still reverberating following Turner’s passing last week, Irma Thomas was then joined in the spotlight by Celisse and Erica Falls for a stirring “Proud Mary”. The performance finally came to an appropriately festive conclusion with an all-hands rendition of “When The Saints Go Marching In”.

Below, check out a selection of videos from the all-star Preservation Hall Superjam at Saturday’s Greenwich Town Party. Scroll down to view the setlist from the performance.


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Preservation Hall Superjam ft. Celisse, Eric Krasno, Tony Hall, More – “Ramble On” (Led Zeppelin) – 5/27/23

Preservation Hall Superjam ft. Celisse, More – “Miss You” (The Rolling Stones) – 5/27/23

Preservation Hall Superjam ft. Cyril Neville, Erica Falls, More – “Southern Nights” (Allen Toussaint) – 5/27/23

Preservation Hall Superjam ft. Big Chief Mon Boudreaux, Harry Connick Jr., More – “Proud Mary” (John Fogerty via Tina Turner) – 5/27/23

Preservation Hall Superjam ft. Irma Thomas – “The Best” (Tina Turner) – 5/27/23

Preservation Hall Superjam ft. Irma Thomas, Erica Falls, Celisse, More – “Proud Mary” (John Fogerty via Tina Turner) – 5/27/23

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Setlist: Preservation Hall Superjam | Greenwich Town Party | Roger Sherman Baldwin Park | 5/27/23 

Set: Come With Me, Let The Good Times Roll, Tootie Ma, Keep Your Head Up, Yes We Can Can [1], Greatest Place on Earth [1], Right Place, Wrong Time [2], Southern Nights [3], Miss You [4], Ramble On [4], Precious Lord [1], I’ll Fly Away [5], Malanga, That’s It, Ready Or Not [6], Killing Me Softly [6], I Shot The Sheriff [7], Iko Iko [8], Big Chief [9], Fire On The Bayou [10], Here Come The Girls [11], Lady Marmalade [12], Time Is On My Side [12], The Best [12], Proud Mary [13], When The Saints Go Marching In [14]

[1] Featuring Ivan Neville (keys, vocals).
[2] Featuring Tony Hall (bass, vocals).
[3] Featuring Erica Falls (vocals), Cyril Neville (vocals).
[4] Featuring Celisse (guitar).
[5] Featuring Cyril Neville (vocals, percussion).
[6] Featuring Wyclef Jean (vocals), Tarriona “Tank” Ball (vocals).
[7] Featuring Wyclef Jean (guitar, vocals).
[8] Featuring Harry Connick Jr. (piano), Wyclef Jean (vocals, percussion), George Porter Jr. (bass, vocals), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (vocals, percussion).
[9] Featuring Harry Connick Jr. (piano), George Porter Jr. (bass, vocals), more.
[10] Featuring Harry Connick Jr. (piano), Trombone Shorty (trombone, vocals), George Porter Jr. (bass, vocals), more.
[11] Featuring Trombone Shorty (trombone, vocals), more.
[12] Featuring Tarriona “Tank” Ball (vocals), Celisse (vocals), Erica Falls (vocals), Jolynda Kiki Chapman (vocals).
[12] Featuring Irma Thomas (vocals)
[13] Featuring Irma Thomas (vocals), Celisse (vocals), Erica Falls (vocals); dedicated to Tina Turner
[14] Featuring (mostly) everyone.

Notes: In addition to Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the lineup rotated for each song to include a mix of core band members and featured guests including Eric Krasno, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, Cyril Neville, Raymond Weber, Erica Falls, Jolynda Kiki Chapman, George Porter Jr., Wyclef Jean, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Celisse, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Harry Connick Jr., Dirty Doze Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and his Mardi Gras Indians, and more. Setlist is close but unconfirmed.