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Join us for the 2016 Backstage at the Blues Fest interview series

Rob Payer interviewing Little Freddie King during the 2014 Backstage at the Blues Fest. Photo by Brian Baiamonte.

Rob Payer interviewing Little Freddie King during the 2014 Backstage at the Blues Fest.
Photo by Brian Baiamonte.

With the Baton Rouge Blues Festival's expansion to two days, Backstage at the Blues Fest will also increase the number of interviews during the festival. Fifteen performers were chosen for this annual event to present the many different experiences and influences of the blues, from swamp blues to zydeco to gospel and beyond.

Our interviewers come from varied backgrounds of radio, television and writing. Each is connected to music in different ways, but all have a wealth of knowledge. Each interviewer has been paired with an interviewee based on their interest or specific abilities and knowledge. The format is a traditional, yet informal Q&A session with audience questions taken during the final 10 minutes of the interview.

In partnership with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and NOVAC, Backstage at the Blues Fest will take place in the Old State Capitol Senate Chambers throughout the day. In addition to the interview series, films will be screened from 12 to 5 p.m. in the House Chambers, and busking performances from Ryan Harris, Ben Bell, Dr. Morpheus Blues Band, Odd Men Out, Ross Hoppe, Denton Hatcher and Andrew Duhon, Ben Moore of Humble Kind, Joshua Tyrone, Brian Breen Jazz Quartet, Two Bear Moon and Daniel Beaudoin will take place in the first floor rotunda throughout the weekend.

Interviews and times:

Saturday April 9, 2016

Steve Myers of Mighty Fine
Interviewed by musician and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation's Brian Breen
11:00-11:30 AM

Curtis Harding
Interviewed by WRKF's Karen Henderson
11:45-12:15 PM

Luke Winslow King
Interviewed by WWOZ's George Ingmire
12:30-1:00 PM

James 'Chicken Scratch' Johnson
Interviewed by American Routes' Nick Spitzer
1:15-1:45 PM

Walter Wolfman Washington
Interviewed by WWOZ's George Ingmire
2:00-2:30 PM

Latimore
Interviewed by Dialogue on Race Louisiana's Maxine Crump
2:45-3:15 PM

Reverend Peyton
Interviewed by LSU musicologist Brett Boutwell
3:30-4:00 PM

Quinn Sullivan
Interviewed by musician and LSU Press author Alex Cook
4:15-4:45 PM

Sunday, April 10

Adia Victoria
Interviewed by WRKF's Karen Henderson
11:45-12:15 PM

Leo 'Bud' Welch
Interviewed by American Routes' Nick Spitzer
12:30-1:00 PM

Gregg Wright
Interviewed by musician and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation's Brian Breen
1:15-1:45 PM

Elvin Killerbee
Interviewed by WHYR's Clay Achee
2:00-2:30 PM

Luther Kent
Interviewed by LSU musicologist Brett Boutwell
3:00-3:30 PM

The Neal Family
Interviewed by WBRH's Rob Payer
4:00-4:30 PM

Banditos
Interviewed by musician and psychologist Dr. Owen Scott
4:45-5:15 PM

Bios for all fifteen performers are available at batonrougebluesfestival.org/lineup.

About Backstage at the Blues Fest
Backstage at the Blues Fest was born in 2012 to highlight the culture and heritage of Baton Rouge blues music and its musicians in conjunction with the Baton Rouge Blues Festival. This interview series brings in a select number of performers to talk about their history, education, experiences and music in an informal environment. Backstage at the Blues Fest has grown since its inception, adding additional interview slots each year. Partnering with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, NOVAC will record the interviews with the intention of documenting our rich blues heritage for generations to come. You can view previous interviews from past festival performers on our YouTube channel. Without the generous support of the following partners, Backstage at the Blues Fest would not be possible: NOVAC, Louisiana's Old State Capitol, Denicola's, and Red Stick Guitar and Amp.