Baton Rouge Blues Foundation

THE BATON ROUGE BLUES FOUNDATION: PRESERVING THE HERITAGE

Founded in 2002, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to promote, preserve and celebrate the Baton Rouge blues culture and bring the best of Louisiana swamp blues music to the world. Today the Foundation sponsors a Blues Education program, a Blues Music History Project, an annual Blue Carpet Blues Gala, and the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Our Blues Education program promotes the history of Louisiana swamp blues and teaches local youth how swamp blues is shaped by and contributes to Louisiana culture. The Blues Music History Project documents local performances, interviews with local blues musicians and narratives about the roots of swamp blues and its impact on other musical forms. Each year, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation hosts a star-studded gala evening, celebrating the blues and honoring local blues artists. The Blue Carpet Blues Gala is the Foundation's major fundraising event featuring a silent auction of blues memorabilia, live blues performances and great dining and dancing. Funds raised allow the Foundation to continue in its mission to promote, preserve and celebrate Baton Rouge's blues heritage. 

 

2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Clarke Gernon, Jr., president
Bill Bryan, past president
Eric Dexter, vice president
Greg Rockenbaugh, treasurer
David Couvillon, secretary
Harry Anderson
Brent Boutwell
Brian Breen
Chris Brooks
Courtney Debetaz
John Gray
Brandi Simmons
Leah Roberts Smith
Cody Stevens
Maxine Crump, emeritus board member