2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ

Oct 17–19, 2014
Friday, Oct. 17: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19: 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Lafayette Square Park
540 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Admission: Free

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2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ

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Los Lobos, Bobby Rush, Ana Popovic, Denise LaSalle, Valerie June, Joe Louis Walker, Mel Waiters, Selwyn Birchwood, Papa Mali, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Little Freddie King, Vasti Jackson, Mia Borders, Luke Winslow King, Marc Stone, Brother Tyrone & the Mind Benders,  Leo “Bud” Welch and King James & the Special Men will be the performers at the ninth annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

This free event takes place Oct. 17-19, 2014, in New Orleans’ Lafayette Square Park. It’s produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

What they're saying about the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival:

"I've been to many blues festivals in the U.S. and Europe, and I can honestly say that the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a charming piece of musical heaven. If you are planning a trip to New Orleans and want to experience the city and its wonderful music without enormous crowds, put this October, free festival on your musical bucket list." - Art Tipaldi, Editor, Blues Revue Magazine

All the details are below. But if you want to keep up with all the latest news - like tons of videos, audio, photos and other tidbits of info to give you the inside scoop on the festival and all of our performers - tune in to our Facebook page here.

2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 17
5:30 pm to 6:45 pm           Little Freddie King
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm           Ana Popovic

Saturday, Oct. 18
St. Charles Ave Stage:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm         King James & the Special Men
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm           Papa Mali
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm           Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm           Los Lobos

Camp Street Stage:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm       Marc Stone
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm           Leo "Bud" Welch
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm          Selwyn Birchwood Band
5:45 pm to 7:00 pm          Joe Louis Walker

Sunday, Oct. 19
St. Charles Ave. Stage

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm        Brother Tyrone & Mind Benders
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm          Vasti Jackson
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm          Denise LaSalle
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm          Bobby Rush

Camp Street Stage:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm     Luke Winslow King
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm         Mia Borders
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm         Valerie June
5:45 pm to 7:00 pm         Mel Waiters



Arts Market
As always, we will host a huge arts market, with 35 of our best local and regional makers of hand-crafted artworks and home furnishings. For the complete list of vendors, see here. For an online slide show of works that will be on display (and on sale), see here.

Food Vendors
Once again, we've gove 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 still have some options for vegetarians, vegans and those who eat gluten-free. For the complete list of vendors and their menus, see here.

Keep The Festival Safe and Free: No Outside Food, Beverages or Pets
Like all of our events, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is completely free and open to the public - part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. PLEASE: Except for those with small children or dietary restrictions, please do not bring outside food or beverages to the event - no coolers are permitted.

We realize that Lafayette Square is usually open to pets. But for the safety and comfort of our large audience, we ask that you respect your neighbors and leave your companion animals at home. Thank you.

Please note that we will post donation boxes at all of the entrances to the park - your donations are most welcome and help us to offset our (very significant) costs in producing this event. If you would like to support the Foundation and help keep this event free, please make the tax-deductible contribution of your choice here.

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, a complimentary bar and a deluxe hospitality suite with air conditioning and indoor 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). For additional information and to order online, please see here.

Live Painting to Benefit our Heritage School of Music
John Bukaty, a New Orleans-based painter and performance artist who specializes in creating exciting canvases at live music events, will paint three of our artists live and in action. The canvases will be auctioned to benefit our free education program, the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music. We did this with John last year and it was a huge success - see all the details plus examples of what we did last year here.

Official Poster
Artist John Bukaty is painting our first ever official poster, which is going to be amazing! It features an iconic image of the beloved New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King. Even cooler, you can watch video of the image taking shape with this online feed of John creating the original poster artwork here.

Hotel Resources
If you'll be visiting New Orleans and are looking for hotel options, here are some resources. Try the online booking engines at;  NewOrleansOnline; LouisianaTravel; New Orleans Hotels; French Quarter; and the New Orleans Bed & Breakfast Association.

T-Shirt Design Contest
Once again, we held a contest to come up with a design for our official Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest t-shirt. The entries were so good that we couldn't pick just one. Read more about the contest, and the winning artists and see their designs here.

Public Transit
Lafayette Square is conveniently located along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and the Magazine Street bus route.

Easy parking is available at several surface and indoor parking lots within a few blocks of the festival. The Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street) will offer all-day parking on Saturday and Sunday for a flat fee of $10 per day -- enter the parking garage from Camp Street.

Free Bicycle Parking
In collaboration with our friends at Bike Easy, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting bicycle ridership, we’re offering free valet bicycle parking. Please ride your bike to the event, knowing that it’ll be safe and secure – and you won’t have to hassle with locking it to a telephone pole or worrying about somebody stealing your tires or seat.

On the Radio
Community radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM will broadcast most of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival live from Lafayette Square – over the air and in streaming audio at www.wwoz.org.

Oral History Stage
As in years past, we will host an Oral History Stage where many of our performers will be interviewed about their lives, influences and music. The interviews will be open to the public, and will take place in the NORD Theater in the ground floor of Gallier Hall – just across St. Charles Avenue from Lafayette Square. The schedule of interviews is:

Saturday, Oct. 18:
3 p.m.: Joe Louis Walker
4 p.m.: Leo "Bud" Welch
5 p.m.: Papa Mali

Sunday, Oct. 19:
12 p.m.:  Vasti Jackson
2 p.m.:  Valerie June
3 p.m.: Denise LaSalle
4 p.m.: Bobby Rush

CDs, T-Shirts and Autographs
As in the past, the Louisiana Music Factory will host our merchandise operation. Most of our performers will visit the tent to sign autographs immediately after their performances.

No-Chairs Perimeter
Due to the heavy use of camp chairs by many fans in close proximity to our stages, we are forced to institute a "no chairs" perimeter of 75 feet from both stages. We appreciate that many of you like to bring chairs to the festival and set up camp in front of the stages. But this prevents many of our other guests from having the opportunity to get a closer look at the onstage action. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

No Recording
Please, no audio or video recording of any performances at the festival.

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a presentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events. For more about the Foundation and what we do, visit us online at www.jazzandheritage.org.


Click the links below to download documents.

2014 Blues & BBQ Arts Market Vendors

2014 Blues & BBQ Food Vendors and Menus

2014 Oral History Stage Schedule

Blues & BBQ Festival Archive:

2013's Line-up and Festival Details
2012's Line-up and Festival Details
2011's Line-up and Festival Details
2010's Line-up and Festival Details
2009's Line-up and Festival Details
2008's Line-up and Festival Details
2007's Line-up and Festival Details

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2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.