April 30: Bruce Springsteen – New Orleans 2006

bruce springsteen new orleans 2006
David Grunfeld, Times-Picayune archive

In 2006, during the first Jazz Fest after Hurricane Katrina, Springsteen delivered what was arguably one of the most powerful and emotional performances in the festival’s four-decade history.
~Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Bruce and the band open the tour with a well received, emotional show at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The city was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and Bruce’s comments about the government handling of the crisis were appreciated by the audience. “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live” is dedicated to President ‘Bystander’.

Start of the “Seeger Sessions” tour

Great versions of “Poor Man” (Great intro as well) & “My City In Ruins”.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans Fair ground
New Orleans,LA
April 30, 2006

  • Bruce Springsteen (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica)
  • Marc Anthony Thompson (acoustic guitar, backing vocals)
  • Patti Scialfa (backing vocals, acoustic guitar)
  • Frank Bruno (acoustic guitar, backing vocals, washboard)
  • Soozie Tyrell (violin, backing vocals)
  • Sam Bardfeld (violin)
  • Greg Liszt (banjo)
  • Marty Rifkin (pedal steel guitar)
  • Charles Giordano (piano, organ, accordion)
  • Jeremy Chatzky (upright bass, electric bass)
  • Larry Eagle (drums)
  • Lisa Lowell (backing vocals)
  • Curtis King Jr. (backing vocals)
  • Cindy Mizelle (backing vocals)
  • Art Baron (tuba, trombone)
  • Eddie Manion (saxophones)
  • Mark Pender (trumpet) (some shows)
  • Curt Ramm (trumpet) (some shows)
  • Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg (trombone) (some shows)
  • Clark Gayton (trombone) (some shows)



  1. O Mary Don’t you weep
  2. John Henry
  3. Johnny 99
  4. Old Dan Tucker
  5. Eyes on the prize
  6. Jesse James
  7. My Oklahoma home
  8. Mrs. McGrath
  9. How can a poor man stand such times and live?
  10. Jacob’s ladder
  11. We shall overcome
  12. Open all night
  13. Pay me my money down
  14. My city of ruins
  15. Buffalo gals
  16. You can look (but you better not touch)
  17. When the saints go marching in

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