2017 Backstage at the Blues Fest interview schedule

BATON ROUGE (March 30, 2017)—The 2017 installment of Backstage at the Blues Fest will include 12 interviews with blues performers and experts during the festival, presenting the many different experiences and influences of the blues, from swamp blues to zydeco to gospel and beyond.

Each of our interviewers are connected to music in different ways, but all have a wealth of knowledge. Interviewers are 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. The weekend schedule of interviews are listed below.

In partnership with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and NOVAC, Backstage at the Blues Fest will take place in the Old State Capitol House Chambers throughout the day.

In addition to the interview series, busking performances from Burris, Billy Callaway, Margaret Fowler, JM Fritz, Dorothy LeBlanc, Odd Men Out, Dr. Morpheus Blues Band, and Matthew Schwartz will take place in the first floor rotunda throughout the weekend. The full busking schedule can be found at batonrougebluesfestival.org/lineup.

Saturday April 8, 2017

Ms. Silky Sol interviewed by musician Louis Lipinski (1:15–1:45 p.m.) 

Lil Jimmy Reed Interviewed by Baton Rouge Blues Foundation board member Brian Breen (2:00–2:30 p.m.)

Alvin Youngblood Hart interviewed by musician and LSU Press author Alex V. Cook (2:45–3:15 p.m.)

Smokehouse Porter and Miss Mamie interviewed by Baton Rouge Blues Foundation president Clarke Gernon (3:30–4:00 p.m.)

Floyd Patterson of OMT interviewed by musician and psychologist Dr. Owen Scott (4:15–4:45 p.m.)

Ana Popovic interviewed by arts journalist and critic John Wirt (5:00–5:30 p.m.)

Sunday, April 9

Josh Garrett interviewed by musician and psychologist Dr. Owen Scott (1:15–1:45)

Blues photographer Dick Waterman on the late legendary BR/Zachary bluesman Robert Pete Williams, interviewed by LSU musicologist Brett Boutwell (2:30–3:00 p.m.)

Jimmy Duck Holmes interviewed by New Orleans Voices' George Ingmire (2:45–3:15 p.m.)

John Lisi interviewed by musician and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation's Brian Breen (3:30–4:00 p.m.)

Mr. Sipp interviewed by WHYR's Clay Achee (4:15–4:45 p.m.)

Marc Broussard interviewed by WBRH/KBRH's Malcolm Robinson (5:00–5:30 p.m.)

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.