We've been hard at work to make the 24th annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival, presented by Smokefree East Baton Rouge, bigger and better than ever, starting with an incredible schedule of performers. And now we're ready to share it with you! Make sure you're there at Driftwood Cask & Barrel on February 6—you won't want to miss it!
In addition to getting the first look at the 2018 lineup, you'll have the opportunity to enter to win a pair of VIP passes, sign up to volunteer and learn about how your company can help keep the festival going for years to come!
Specials during the event include:
Happy Hour All Night Long
$1 off pints
$2 off pitchers
$2 off cocktail menu
$5 Beyoncé cocktail
Doors open at 4 p.m. Must be 21+ to attend.
Join us after the festival for the official Blues fest after party at Driftwood Cask and Barrel with the Breathe Easy Band, Featuring Henry Turner, Jr. and Kenny Neal
Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest blues festivals in America, first held on the campus of Southern University. The festival honors the legend of home-grown blues artists like Slim Harpo, Rudy Richard, Silas Hogan, Whisperin' Smith, Guitar Kelly, Schoolboy Cleve, Chewin' Gum Johnson and Raful Neal. Expanding outside our backyard, the festival has brought in nationally and internationally recognized names like Bobby Blue Bland, Marcia Ball, Phil Guy, Larry Garner and Charlie Musselwhite—including recent Grammy-nominee Ruthie Foster, who won the hearts of festival goers in 2009. Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to further their Baton Rouge blues experience beyond the festival at hangouts like Phil Brady's (with the longest-running 21-year Thursday night blues jam around) and the inimitable Teddy's Juke Joint in Zachary, Louisiana.
The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will host the annual Rent Party on the Commerce Building rooftop on April 7, 2016. This pre-festival party will feature a set by Jimmy Duck Holmes. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Complimentary beverages will be provided. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and includes membership to the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation for a year.
Chris Leblanc's Big Band
Genre: Rock and Blues
Chris Leblanc Big Band with Special Guests Kenny Neal and Luther Kent
Wowing audiences from town to town throughout America, Chris Leblanc is living his dream by going out and touching people with his vibrant "Big Man" persona and larger-than-life kind spirit!
Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognizant of the region's venerable blues tradition and imaginative enough to steer it in fresh directions.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Song swap between Joe Ely, Grammy winner and found of Texas group The Flatlanders, Ruthie Foster, Grammy nominated for her last two CDs, and Paul Thorn, Mississippi born story teller.