New Orleans Jazz Fest kicks off second week

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 29: Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Day 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 29, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band perform during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Day 3 on April 29, 2012, in New Orleans.

(CBS News) Last week, it was a 2.5-hour set by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and the harmonies of the reunited Beach Boys.

This week, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival  week two kicks off Thursday, featuring more than 200 acts, including Marcia Ball, Ne-Yo, Foo Fighters, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Buffett, Better Than Ezra, the Eagles, My Morning Jacket, Bonnie Raitt, Rebirth Brass Band and the Neville Brothers.

Festival co-founder Quint Davis says this year more than 500 acts will rotate across 12 stages over the course of two weekends.

Davis co-founded the music festival in 1970 with Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein.

"Initially, it was like the world's largest indigenous back-yard barbecue," Davis told Reuters. "Over time, the festival has become an authentic home to some very rare and deep traditions that only exist in south Louisiana. It's now like Mardi Gras - it's part of the cultural fabric of New Orleans."

Even after the festival gates close each night, the music continues along Bourbon Street, inside New Orleans' bars.

About 400,000 people are expected to attend this year's Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds horse-racing track. The event winds down on Sunday.

See the full line-up here.