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Blues Fest Lagniappe

  • Hartley/Vey Theatres at Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St. Baton Rouge, LA, 70801 United States (map)

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. The goal of the BR Blues Fest Lagniappe is to give you an intimate look into the impact these artists had on Louisiana's culture through their music that came to be called "blues."

2015 Blues Fest Lagniappe is pleased to announce that this year we will be screening a Smithsonian Documentary, Legend of Lead Belly. Lead Belly was a Louisiana native and the documentary features Baton Rouge’s own Blues icon Chris Thomas King.

The film is filled with famous musicians and great music all celebrating the origins of America’s popular music called blues as we follow the life of a blues original who left us this giant legacy.

“Huddie Leadbetter was born into poverty, battled racism and did time; but in spite of his early hardships he became America’s greatest musician of the 20th Century.”

Following the film, you will have the opportunity to hear artists reflect and public officials reflect on the film and talk about the value of the Baton Rouge Blues Heritage. The event will close with a Q&A session between you and the artists, and we may even get them to do an impromptu jam session!

Our featured guests are: Mayor Kip Holden, President of Blues Foundation Bill Bryan, Chris Thomas King, and Jazz artist and music educator John Gray.

Refreshments will be provided, along with a cash bar!

**Be sure to enter the Hartley/Vey Theatre through the new North Boulevard entrance across from the town square.**

RSVP via Forum 35 here.