Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
October 16-18, 2015
This year’s Blues and BBQ Festival will heat up the heart of New Orleans' Central Business District, as the weather starts to cool down in October with live music, exquisite barbecue delights and a fun time for all!
This deliciously entertaining event will take place at Lafayette Square, sandwiched in between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street, just one block from bustling Poydras Street and directly across the street from the Federal Court House. The festival is free and open to the public.
Music and More
Two stages will be set up in the square to host some of the most renowned blues artists in the nation. Taj Mahal, Barbara Lynn, Luther Kent, Don Vappie, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Anders Osborne and Stanton Moore are just a few of the musicians who have performed there in recent years.
This year taking the stage are blues legends like Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Jarekus Singleton, Denise LaSalle, Kenny Neal, Swamp Dogg, Lurrie Bell, Mason Ruffner, Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Son Little and a reunion of Excello Records artists with Lazy Lester, Carol Fran and Classie Ballou.
After each performance attendees can head to the Louisiana Music Factory tent to get an autograph. The NORD Theater at Gallier Hall, located across St. Charles Avenue from Laffayette Square, will host the Oral History Stage where performers will be interviewed about their lives and music. Interviews will be open to the public.
Food and Shopping
There will be booths offering various types of crafts at the large arts market all around the square, which features over 30 local and regional vendors. And of course, the festival will include some of the best barbecue in the South. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as desserts, will also be available.
This festival is one of several presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the same organization that produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival every year. No outside food, beverages or pets are allowed at the festival.
VIP Experience Passes
Available for $250, this exclusive pass gives festival-goers access to special seating and viewing areas at both stages, a complimentary bar and a suite with air conditioning and indoor bathrooms. Good for the entire weekend, there are only a limited number of passes, so be sure to get yours in advance.
All-day parking is available on Saturday and Sunday for $10 at The Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street). Bikers are encouraged to ride on down to the festival – Bike Easy is even offering free valet bike parking, a safe and easy way to secure your bicycle.
Hours of the festival are Friday, Oct. 16, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest.