Also Saturday, CMT is hosting a ‘‘Crossroads’’ concert with headliners Journey and Rascal Flatts.
Though many of the star-studded concerts will have limited access or are by invitation only, dozens of local artists will be performing throughout the weekend on stages set up along the Mississippi River and in the NFL Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Many downtown streets are being closed to traffic to allow more pedestrian access in the main entertainment areas — the French Quarter, riverfront and near the Superdome.
‘‘It’s great that it’s back here. There’s a rich tradition here in New Orleans of just having a great time,’’ CeeLo said. ‘‘The atmosphere in New Orleans is always upbeat.’’
AP Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. contributed to this report from Atlanta.