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Blues Fest Listening Party

  • 1670 Lobdell Avenue, Suite 100 Baton Rouge LA 70806 (map)

The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will partner with Ann Connelly Fine Artfor its annual Listening Party in conjunction with a reception for the gallery exhibit showcasing John K. Lawson’s series, "I'm A Free Hearted Man." In the exhibit is a portrait of blues legend Henry Gray, which will serve as the commemorative poster for the 2018 Baton Rouge Blues Festival. This free event will include a special performance from Gray. 

“I’m a Free Hearted Man,” the title inspired by a Silas Hogan song, is a series of 10 portraits, including Lazy Lester, Tabby Thomas, Silas Hogan, Lightnin' Slim and Arthur Guitar Kelly. The exhibit will be on display at Ann Connelly Fine Art from April 1–18, 2018.

Learn more about this year's poster, Henry Gray's career and John Lawson's relationship to the blues at

Earlier Event: February 6
Lineup Release Party
Later Event: April 12
Blues Lagniappe panel discussion