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.