Baton Rouge Blues Festival announces 2018 Lineup

The Baton Rouge Blues Foundationproudly brings the 24th annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival, presented by Smoke-free East Baton Rouge, to downtown Baton Rouge Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.and Sunday, April, 15, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., located in and around Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza.

The free-to-the-public, family-friendly festival will feature internationally-recognized performers and local blues legends alike, including:

Mavis Staples
Kenny Neal & the Neal Family Band
The James Hunter Six
Samantha Fish
Chris Thomas King
Lazy Lester’s Excello 45s featuring Sam Hogan, Bruce Lamb and Jo Monk
Marcia Ball
The Subdudes
Tyree Neal
Cowboy Stew Blues Revue featuring Lil Buck Sinegal, CC Adcock, Steve Riley, Curley Taylor & Lee Allen Zeno
Flat Duo Jets
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and the Dexateens
Erica Falls
Troy Turner
Quiana Lynell
Oscar “Harpo” Davis
Sundanze Howie
Darcy Malone and the Tangle
MJ & The Redeemers
Bobby Powell
Harvey Knox
Water Seed
Terry “Harmonica” Bean
The Original Harlem Slim - Tito Deler
Sweet Southern Heat
Hezekiah & The Houserockers
Alex Abel
Baton Rouge Music Studios
Uncle Chess and Groove

A Spotify playlist of the featured performers is available here.

19 of this year's performers have previously appeared at the festival, including Alex Abel, CC Adcock, Marcia Ball, Oscar “Harpo” Davis, Hezekiah Early, Erica Falls, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Sundanze Howie, David Jones (JST DAVID), Chris Thomas King, Harvey Knox, Lazy Lester, Quiana Lynell, Darcy Malone and the Tangle, Kenny Neal, Tyree Neal, OMT, Lil Buck Sinegal and Troy Turner.

High resolution photos of the performers can be downloaded here.

Applications for festival weekend media credentials are being accepted here. All requests are subject to approval by the Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

While the festival is still free to the general public, we offer an All-Weekend Experience Pass for those who want a little lagniappe. Passes are on sale now at

The All-Weekend Experience Pass is $200. Each pass includes complimentary food and beverages, private bars and bathrooms, exclusive areas to mingle, dance, or sit and watch the festivities at both the Swamp Blues Stage and LA 1 Stage, and much more.

Applications for foodart and general vendors are now being accepted. Volunteer sign-ups for both days are now open as well.

For more information, or to schedule interviews with festival organizers, please contact Brandi Simmons at