Baton Rouge Blues Festival announces Lineup Release Party

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, January 30, 2018—The Baton Rouge Blues Festivalpresented by Smoke-free East Baton Rouge will release the 2018 lineup at a Lineup Release Party on February 6, 2018 from 6–8 p.m. at Driftwood Cask & Barrel. The 21+ event, co-hosted by title partner Smoke-free East Baton Rouge, will offer a first look at who will be performing on April 14–15 in downtown Baton Rouge while giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about corporate partnerships and volunteer opportunities. Representatives from the festival and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, the nonprofit organization that produces the festival, will be available for interviews; please contact Brandi Simmons at to coordinate these in advance.

VIP tickets are currently on sale at the discounted rate of $150 for the weekend. As soon as the lineup is released, tickets will go up to $200. Tickets are available for purchase at and will also be available for purchase during the Lineup Release Party. All proceeds go to the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and help to continue the event from year to year.


Free and open to the public, the 2018 Baton Rouge Blues Festival presented by Smoke-free East Baton Rouge will be held on April 14–15 in downtown Baton Rouge from 12 to 10 p.m. 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. 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.

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Founded in 2002, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to preserve, promote, and propel the swamp blues and Baton Rouge blues culture. Today the Foundation sponsors a variety of blues education programs, the Muddy River Revue concert series, the annual Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Gala, and the Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Our goals include the promotion of Louisiana swamp blues history while teaching everyone how swamp blues formally shaped and continues to contribute to Louisiana culture. The Muddy River Revue concert series gives current local bands the opportunity to pay tribute to the rich swamp blues traditions by covering classic songs for live audiences. Each year, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation hosts the star-studded Baton Rouge Foundation Blues Gala, celebrating the blues and honoring local blues artists. A walk down the blue carpet, blues awards, live blues performances, and great dining and dancing highlight the evening. Our largest annual event, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is a free weekend festival filled with local, state, and national blues musicians and artists celebrating their craft and sharing stories to over 40,000 fans and concert-goers from around the world.

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