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Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.Guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan, fast-rising star Samantha Fish, world-famous blues belter Shemekia Copeland, New Orleans’ beloved soul man Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Memphis R&B icon Don Bryant are just a few of the great artists who will perform at the 13th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Oct. 12-14 in Lafayette Square Park. Admission is free.

For more information visit: https://www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest/


5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.        Little Freddie King
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.        Samantha Fish

St. Charles Avenue Stage:
12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m.          Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.       John “Papa” Gros
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.       Shemekia Copeland
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.       Jimmie Vaughan

Camp Street Stage:
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    Ed Wills & Blues 4 Sale
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.       Mem Shannon & the Membership
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.       Rev. John Wilkins
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.       Walter “Wolfman” Washington

St. Charles Avenue Stage:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.     Uncle Nef
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.       Papa Mali
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.       Henry Gray with Terrance Simien & Li’l Buck Sinegal
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.       Don Bryant and Percy Wiggins with the Bo-Keys

Camp Street Stage:
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The Wanting
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.      Kenny Brown
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.      Keeshea Pratt Band
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.      Cookie McGee

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is an award-winning event, with two stages of music, a dozen of the best barbecue vendors in the region and a huge arts market. The 13th edition of this community celebration of Southern soul is bound to be one for the record books.

Admission is free! This is, after all, an event produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest and uses the proceeds from that world-famous festival for free, year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment.

Arts Market

As always, we will host a huge arts market, with 24 of our best local and regional makers of hand-crafted artworks and home furnishings. We have carefully curated our group of arts market vendors to showcase the finest quality. We’re taking applications for Arts Market vendors until June 1 – see here to apply.

Food Vendors

Once again, we’re going overboard with a huge spread of great barbecue, representing several regional styles – with a fresh emphasis on Louisiana, since New Orleans has seen a surge in barbecue restaurants (ahem) in the time since we started this festival! And yes, it’s a barbecue festival – but we will have some options for vegetarians, vegans and those who eat gluten-free. Vendors and menus will be announced soon.

VIP Experience Passes

To help recoup some of our costs, we put on sale a very limited number of special VIP Experience backstage passes. These provide access to special viewing and seating areas at both stages, two complimentary bars and a deluxe indoor hospitality suite with a balcony view of Lafayette Square, air conditioning, catering and real bathrooms. The VIP Experience passes cost $250 each (plus a service charge of $13.49), and are good for the entire weekend. We do not sell single-day passes. The passes are not transferrable (from one person to another) and all sales are final (no refunds). To order, click here.