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2nd weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off with 'locals day'

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A couple dances in shrimp boots as Yvette Landry performs at the Fais Do-Do stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press A couple dances in shrimp boots as Yvette Landry performs at the Fais Do-Do stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The second weekend of the seven-day New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is kicking off with performances by Widespread Panic, Darius Rucker and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Cajun and country performer Yvette Landry performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press Cajun and country performer Yvette Landry performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Thursday is often less crowded than the weekends and is a popular day for New Orleans-area residents to attend the festival.

Cajun and country performer Yvette Landry, right, performs with her band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press Cajun and country performer Yvette Landry, right, performs with her band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Widespread Panic, the jam band from Athens, Georgia, is closing out the main stage.

Children dance to the sounds of the Second Line Jammers Social Aid and Pleasure Club brass band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press Children dance to the sounds of the Second Line Jammers Social Aid and Pleasure Club brass band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Rucker, who gained fame with Hootie & the Blowfish before pursuing a solo career as a country music performer, will close out the festival's second-largest stage.

Festival goers needed galoshes after heavy rains soaked the area overnight.

But the weather is expected to be drier than last Sunday, when heavy storms soaked the area. And sunny skies are expected for the last three days of the festival.

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