Date: May 10,2006

It was a study in contrasts for two of the biggest music festivals in America. While Coachella, held near Palm Springs, Calif., was as robust as ever, gaining its most commercial exposure to date thanks to the last minute addition of mainstream superstar Madonna to the bill, the organizers of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival were simply hoping that they'd be able to get their event out of the blocks this year.

But both soared to new heights, with C...

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