Events


Apr
9
Apr 10

2016 Baton Rouge Blues Festival

The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation proudly brings the 22nd annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival to downtown Baton Rouge Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday April, 10, 2016, from 11:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., located in and around Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza.

The free to the public, family-friendly festival will feature internationally-recognized performers and local blues legends alike, including:

Buddy Guy・Latimore・Curtis Harding・Kenny Neal & the Neal Family performing a tribute to Raful Neal・Walter 'Wolfman' Washington & the Roadmasters・The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band・Kent Burnside・Henry Gray・James 'Chicken Scratch' Johnson・Gregg Wright・Adia Victoria・Leo 'Bud' Welch・Quinn Sullivan・Smokehouse Porter, Miss Mamie & the Gutbucket Blues Band・Delta Saints・Luke Winslow King・Henry Turner and Flavor・Sundanze Howie・Vince Hutchinson & the Heavy Storm Band・The Banditos・Loudness War・The Rakers・Tank & the Bangas・Michael Juan Nunez・Café Au Lait・Honeyvibe・OMT・Mighty Fine・The Bedlamville Triflers・Southern Wonders・Cliff & Company・Lighthouse Singers・Baton Rouge Music Studios・Danny Kane

Apr
9
9:00 am09:00

The Color Run 5k

The Color Run is bringing an island-style vacation straight to Baton Rouge on April 9th! The all-new 2016 Tropicolor World Tour has more fun, more sun, and even more color for you and your friends to experience together. This year, the experience Color Runners already love is enhanced with an all-new Tropicolor Zone  on course, a Rainbow Beach at the Finish Festival, and a limited edition participant kit. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first experience with The Color Run or you’ve been joining in for years, the Tropicolor World Tour will be the most memorable 5k of your life! Book your tickets today! 

Use code: BLUES to save $5 when your register!

Apr
7
8:00 pm20:00

Rent Party

  • Prince Hall Masonic Temple

Keeping in line with blues tradition, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will host a Rent Party at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple on April 7, 2016. This pre-festival party will feature a set by Brooklyn-based Mighty Fine. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Complimentary beverages will be provided. Get tickets.

Blues Fest Lagniappe
Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

Blues Fest Lagniappe

  • Roux House

For the fourth year in a row, on April 6, 2016, Forum 35, Dialogue on Race Louisiana, and the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation are bringing together a panel of local blues artists and experts, to speak prior to the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Festival.  

The goal of the Baton Rouge Blues Fest Lagniappe is to connect Baton Rouge’s blues past with the present. This will give us a closer look at the impact these artists had on Louisiana’s culture through their original music that came to be known as “blues.” 

This year, Baton Rouge Blues Fest Lagniappe will begin with a thirty minute performance from blues piano player and singer, Henry Gray. Following Mr. Gray’s performance, there will be a screening of the short documentary, Take Me to the River. This documentary celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. 

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be doing something this special. This is where it came from. This is where the seed was planted.” –Snoop Dogg

Following the documentary, you will have the opportunity to hear these artists reflect on the film and discuss the importance of our blues history. The event will conclude with a Q&A session between the audience and artists. You will also have the opportunity to listen to panelist Dave Hinson’s blues youth club. 

Our featured guests include Henry Gray, Jeremi Crump, Jonathan Boogie Long, James Johnson, Oscar Harpo Davis and Dave Hinson’s group. 

Refreshments will be provided.

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Mar
31
5:30 pm17:30

Listening Party

  • The Radio Bar

Join us at The Radio Bar for the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival Listening Party. Take advantage of drink specials while listening to a selection of Swamp Blues classics and music from the 2016 lineup of performers. Learn about the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and have the chance to bid on this year's original artwork for the 2016 commemorative poster.

Mar
10
6:00 pm18:00

Museum After Dark: Rum Tasting with the Kohlmeyer Krewe

The LSU Museum of Art with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation is hosting a rum tasting in conjunction with the museum's Haitian art exhibition! Learn about the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Festival lineup and purchase discounted All-Weekend Experience Passes.

If you join as a LSU Museum of Art member that night, receive a complimentary exhibition poster!

Thank you to Old New Orleans Rum distillery for its in-kind support of this event!

Tickets are $5 for museum members and members of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and $15 for non-members.

Apr
11
11:00 am11:00

2015 Baton Rouge Blues Festival

The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation proudly brings the 21st annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival to downtown Baton Rouge Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. located in and around Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza.

Apr
10
Apr 11

Blues Fest Rent Party

  • Prince Hall Masonic Temple

Keeping in line with blues tradition, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will host a Rent Party featuring a set of country and western favorites by Excello recording artist and swamp blues legend Lazy Lester. 

Apr
6
6:30 pm18:30

Blues Fest Lagniappe

  • Hartley/Vey Theatres at Manship Theatre

For the third year in a row, Forum 35, Dialogue on Race Louisiana, and the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will bring together a panel of local blues artists and industry experts to give you "a little somethin' extra" prior to the 2015 Baton Rouge Blues Festival. 

Mar
27
7:30 pm19:30

Listening Party

  • Lagniappe Records

Get the blues with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and Lagniappe Records for the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival Listening Party. Hear music from the 2015 festival performers, as well as Baton Rouge Swamp Blues legends.