Announcing the 25th Anniversary Baton Rouge Blues Festival Weekend Schedule

Start planning your weekend! Check out 45 performances and 9 interviews taking place across five stages April 13–14, 2019. Learn more about the performers at



Crown Royal LA 1 Stage (located in Repentance Park)

Killer Whale (1:30–2:45 p.m.)

Levee Road Revue (3:00–4:30 p.m.)

Greyhounds (4:45–6:15 p.m.)

Chris Leblanc Band with a Tribute to Lazy Lester (6:30–8:00 p.m.)

William Bell (8:15–9:45 p.m.)

Aetna Swamp Blues Stage (located in Galvez Plaza)

Cedric Watson (1:00–2:15 p.m.)

Little Freddie King (2:30–3:30 p.m.)

Warren Storm & Willie Tee & The Band Cypress with Special Guests (4:00–5:15 p.m.)

Henry Gray with special guests Bob Corritore and others (5:45–7:00 p.m.)

Celebration of Lazy Lester (7:00 p.m.)

Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal & Tyree Neal (7:30–8:45 p.m.)

Smoke-free EBR Soul of BR Stage (located at North Blvd. and River Rd.)

OMT (1:30–2:30 p.m.)

April ‘Sexy Red’ Jackson (3:00-4:00 p.m.)

Harvey Knox & The Soul Spectrum Band (4:30–5:45 p.m.)

Henry Turner (6:15–7:30 p.m.)

Front Porch Stage (located at North Blvd. and N. 4th St.)

Darcy Malone & The Tangle (1:15–2:30 p.m.)

Chicago Al & The Backburners (3:00-4:15 p.m.)

Smokehouse Porter & Miss Mamie (4:45–6:00 p.m.)


Blues Backstory Stage (inside the Old State Capitol Senate Chambers)

Chicago Al (1:00–1:45 p.m.)

Warren Storm (2:00–2:45 p.m.)

Smokehouse Porter & Miss Mamie (3:00–3:45 p.m.)

Chris Leblanc (4:00–4:45 p.m.)

William Bell (5:00–5:45 p.m.)


Busking in the Old State Capitol Rotunda

Barry Hebert, Steve Judice & Keith Harelson (12:00–12:30 p.m.)

Conner Lacour & Melissa Wilson (1:00–1:30 p.m.)

Amelia Ryland, Ameal Cameron & Pam Grisham (2:00–2:30 p.m.)

Kelly Haskew & Sarah Burke (3:00–3:30 p.m.)

Donald Gelpi & Ben Blair (4:00–4:30 p.m.)

J.M. Fritz, Worth Powers & Friends (5:00–5:30 p.m.)

Cupcake Strippers (6:00–6:30 p.m.)



Crown Royal LA 1 Stage

Lane Mack (1:30–2:45 p.m.)

Quiana Lynell (3:00–4:30 p.m.)

John ‘Papa’ Gros (4:45–6:15 p.m.)

Mavis Staples (6:30–8:00 p.m.)


Aetna Swamp Blues Stage

Hogy & the Healers (1:00–2:15 p.m.)

Jonathon ’Boogie’ Long (2:30–3:45 p.m.)

Cedric Burnside (4:00–5:30 p.m.)

Deacon John Moore (5:45–7:15 p.m.)


Smoke-free EBR Soul of BR Stage

DeAndre Tate & Company (1:30–2:30 p.m.)

Arthur Gremillion & Friends Community Choir (3:00–4:00 p.m.)

Elder Timothy Britten & Shabach (4:30–5:45 p.m.)

Zion Harmonizers (6:15–7:30 p.m.)

Front Porch Stage

The Excelleauxs (3:00-4:15 p.m.)

Sam Hogan (4:45–6:00 p.m.)


Blues Backstory Stage

Cedric Burnside (2:00–2:45 p.m.)

Quiana Lynell (3:00–3:45 p.m.)

Sam Hogan (4:00–4:45 p.m.)

Deacon John Moore (5:00–5:45 p.m.)

Busking in the Old State Capitol Rotunda

Bill Romano & Chris Fry (12:00–12:30 p.m.)

Oso Blues & Molly and the Squires (1:00–1:30 p.m.)

Eric Schmitt, Ryan Harris & Ralph Goodson (2:00–2:30 p.m.)

Denton Hatcher & Molly Taylor (3:00–3:30 p.m.)

Ben Herrington, Peter Simon & Chris Hochkeppel (4:00–4:30 p.m.)

Dale Harris Family Band (5:00–5:30 p.m.)

Dalton Wayne & the Warmadillos (6:00–6:30 p.m.)

Please note: Stage performance dates and times are subject to change. Any changes will be announced via our website,, and social media channels linked below. 

About the Stages

Our largest stage, the Crown Royal LA 1 Stage, is located at the bottom of Repentance Park near River Road and features a variety of nationally and internationally acclaimed performers interpreting the blues in their own unique way. The stage’s namesake, LA Highway 1, connects all of Louisiana from Shreveport to Grand Isle, cutting through hometowns of Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, Buddy Guy and Lazy Lester.

The Aetna Swamp Blues Stage, located under the Crest in Galvez Plaza, showcases homegrown talent and recognizes Louisiana blues history. This year’s Swamp Blues performers include nods to Lazy Lester’s Excello Records hits as well as Baton Rouge legends Raful Neal and Tabby Thomas through the next generation of talent, Kenny Neal and the Neal Family and Chris Thomas King.

With lively gospel and soul performances throughout the weekend, the Smoke-free EBR Soul of BR Stage pays homage to the setting where most blues performers first fell in love with music: through the church.

Front porches across the south have long been the scene of blues traditions being handed down from one generation to the next. Our Front Porch Stage, located in the neutral ground at North Boulevard and North Fourth Street, pays tribute to that rich history, providing the opportunity to see living legends playing intimate sets and future legends continuing to hone their craft.

Offering a reprieve from the sun in the Old State Capitol Senate Chambers, the Blues Backstory Stage features informal interviews and impromptu performances from musicians on the lineup, sharing how the blues shaped their careers. Each interview will be recorded by NOVAC BR and released on the festival’s YouTube channel in late April.