Gray skies threaten start of 2016 Jazz Fest in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Friday’s start of the 47th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival might be wet.

Meteorologists say scattered showers likely will fall, but then, they’re predicting sunshine through the rest of the weekend.

Festival producer Quint Davis says he’s been keeping his fingers crossed in the days leading up to the festival, watching the clouds and monitoring weather forecasts, while hoping for the best.

Friday’s headliners include singer Janelle Monae, 70s rock band Steely Dan, with a lead-in set by former Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers frontman Michael McDonald, Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers.