The 2017 Baton Rouge Blues Festival is almost here!

The 2017 Baton Rouge Blues Festival is almost here. Wondering what to expect this weekend?


Start your weekend at the Downtown Business Association's Live After Five with Chris LeBlanc and special guests Kenny Neal and Luther Kent from 5–8 p.m. in Repentance Park. Attendance is free. Details:

Keep the night going with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation's Rent Party with Jimmy Duck Holmes at The Commerce Building from 8–10 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and include complimentary beverages and a Baton Rouge Blues Foundation membership for a year. Proceeds go to supporting the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation's mission to promote, preserve, and advance Baton Rouge Blues culture. Learn more here:



The first day of Blues Fest kicks off at 1 p.m. in the Old State Capitol Rotunda with a busking performance by Dorothy LeBlanc, and our first Backstage at the Blues Fest interview with Red Afro Queen Ms. Silky Sol at 1:15 in the Old State Capitol House Chambers. Performances begin at 1:30 p.m. at opposite ends of the site with Alabaster Stag on the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Stage and The Rakers on the Front Porch Stage. As you travel from stage to stage, treat yourself to something along the way from one of our arts and general vendors, and stop at the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation tent to fill out a survey and enter to win some great prizes. Check out the full lineup for all four stages, Backstage at the Blues Fest interviews and busking performances at

After The Fabulous Thunderbirds leave the stage, head over to the official Blues Fest After Party hosted by Smoke Free EBR. The Breathe Easy Band, featuring Henry Turner, Jr. and Kenny Neal will be performing from 10:30 p.m. to midnight at Driftwood Cask & Barrel. Learn more here:



Start your Sunday at 1 p.m. sharp with Toast at on the Smoke Free EBR Swamp Blues Stage, busking from J.M. Fritz in the Old State Capitol Rotunda, or bring the kiddos to our Easter Egg Hunt at the Raising Cane's Kids Zone to find a few of the 3,000 eggs hidden on the lawn of the Old State Capitol. Grab a snack or two from the Richard's Blues Fest Food Market, and pick up some souvenirs in our merchandise tent. Close out the festival with Kenny Neal and the Neal Family on the Smoke Free EBR Swamp Blues Stage and Marc Broussard on the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Stage. Get the full day's lineup at

VIP tickets are still available, providing ticket holders with food from City Pork and Richard's Cajun Sausage, unlimited beverages, private bathrooms and stage-side access at the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and Smoke Free EBR Swamp Blues Stages. Visit to purchase.



Free and open to the public, the 2017 Baton Rouge Blues Festival will be held on April 8–9 in downtown Baton Rouge. Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest free blues festivals in America. Produced by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, the festival is made possible in part by the Foundation's board of directors, a volunteer Blues Festival committee, local support and generous partners including 225 magazine, Absolut Vodka, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, AZZ, Baton Rouge Airport, Bike Baton Rouge, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Capital City Grill, Catalyst Event Solutions, City of Baton Rouge, City Pork, Clary Suba & Associates, Coca-Cola, The Commerce Building, Coors Light, Crescent Crown, Crowne Plaza, Denicola's, Dos Equis, DOW Chemical, Downtown Business Association, Driftwood Cask and Barrel, Eagle 98.1, Entergy, Gaudet Bros., Geaux Downtown BR, Guaranty Media, Heineken, Herc Rental, Hollywood Casino, Hotel Indigo, Hunter Guidry Photography, Jazz Foundation, Jolie Pearl, Junior League of Baton Rouge, Lamar Advertising, LatchOn, Launch Media, Louisiana Fire Extinguishers, Louisiana Lottery, Louisiana Old State Capitol, Louisiana Travel, Manship Theatre, Miller Lite, Mod Salon, NOVAC BR, Nugent Steel, Oxford American, PODS Louisiana, Portable Machine Works, Presonus, Radio Bar, Raising Cane's, Red Stick Guitar and Amp, Remson Haley Herpin Architects, Richard's Cajun Sausage, Service Radio Rentals, Sharevista Technology Services, Shaw Center for the Arts, Slash, Smoke Free EBR, Stay Gray Ponyboy, Visit Baton Rouge, WAFB and Wilkinson Construction. In order to keep the festival free, we appreciate your cooperation in supporting our vendors and not bringing any outside food or drink. All revenue generated from the festival goes toward the mission of the Blues Foundation to help continue its goal to promote, preserve and celebrate the Swamp Blues music native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Follow the festival on Twitter at @brbluesfest, on Facebook at or online at for the most up-to-date information.