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The Dave Matthews Band plays in rain at 1st weekend of Jazz Fest.

The Dave Matthews Band plays in rain at 1st weekend of Jazz Fest.

AP Photo/Kathleen Flynn

AP Photo/Kathleen Flynn

The Dave Matthews Band plays in rain at 1st weekend of Jazz Fest.

Chevel Johnson

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New Orleans (AP) – A steady, sometimes heavy rain, pelted fans at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but the music flowed on.

Umbrellas, rain boots, and plastic ponchos were out in abundance Sunday as fans stood among the puddles and water-soaked grass awaiting clearer skies.

As Khris Royal & Dark Matter played the Gentilly Stage, pockets of fest-faithfuls grooved and danced to his funky saxophone opening instrumental. Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band enticed fans to the front of the nearby Fais Do-Do stage, where a few couples rocked a two-step to the band’s steady beat.

The Nevilles, without brother Aaron, performed later Sunday just before the Dave Matthews Band, which closed the fest’s first weekend and largest stage.

The crowd sings along as the Dave Matthews Band performs at Jazz Fest on Sunday, April 28. (AP Photo/Kathleen Flynn)

Storm clouds roll in over the festival grounds just before the start of the first act at Jazz Fest. (AP Photo/Elliot Kamenitz)

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