Taj Mahal, Ruthie Foster, Corey Harris, Li'l Ed & the Blues Imperials, Henry Gray and Barbara Lynn will be among the featured attractions at the fifth annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.
This free festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, features two stages of music, a crafts fair and the best barbecue in the South.
2010 CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Honey Island Swamp Band
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Little Freddie King
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. The Stanton Moore Trio plus Anders Osborne
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Luther Kent & Trick Bag
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Taj Mahal
JUKE JOINT STAGE
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. New Orleans Blues Society Contest Winner: Li'l Red & Big Bad
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Carol Fran
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Otis Taylor with Don Vappie
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Corey Harris
6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Henry Gray
SUNDAY, OCT. 17
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mem Shannon
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russel Batiste
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Jon Cleary
5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ruthie Foster
JUKE JOINT STAGE
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. New Orleans Blues Society Contest Winner: Big Daddy O
12:30 pm. – 1:30 p.m. Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Li'l Ed & the Blues Imperials
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Barbara Lynn
We are pleased to announce that The Abita Brewing Co. is a major sponsor of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, and that Abita (in various flavors) will be the official beer of the event.
Abita Sports Bar:
Sports fans who want to keep tabs on all the weekend's sporting activities should enjoy our new Abita Sports Bar, a great place to enjoy a beverage and watch the games.
Lafayette Square is conveniently located along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.
Easy parking is available in the Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street) for a flat $10 fee per day. Enter the parking garage from Camp Street.
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:
This year, we’re adding 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 as follows:
Oral History Stage Interview Schedule
Saturday, October 16:
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Little Freddie King
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Stanton Moore and Anders Osborne
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Corey Harris
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Henry Gray
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Otis Taylor
Sunday, October 17:
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Shannon McNally
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Ruthie Foster (see here for her interview with OffBeat magazine)
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Li'l Ed
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Jon Cleary
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Barbara Lynn
** All oral history interviews are open to the public, and will take place in the NORD Theater, on the ground floor of Gallier Hall. Enter via the door on Lafayette Street.
No audio or video taping is permitted.
Food and Craft Vendors:
Here is the list of confirmed food vendors at the 2010 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. As in the past, we have assembled an interesting mix of traditional barbecue and nontraditional grilled items, along with a variety of interesting desert options.
Ba Mien Vietnamese Restaurant
Boswell’s Jamaican Grill
La Divina Gelateria
The Joint BBQ
Loretta’s Authentic Pralines
Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar
The Praline Connection
Vaucresson’s Sausage Company
A complete list of confirmed craft vendors is available in the "downloads" section below, as is the complete list of food vendors with menu items and prices.
Voodoo Blues Challenge:
Once again, we are delighted to be working with the New Orleans Blues Society, a/k/a the Voodoo Blues Krewe. The society sponsors an annual Blues Challenge to seek the top blues performers in the region. Winners in two categories – bands, and solo/duo performers – will perform at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, and will represent New Orleans at the World Blues Challenge in Memphis. Li'l Red & Big Bad are the winners in the band category, and will perform on Oct. 16. In the solo/duo category, the winner is Big Daddy O, who will perform on Oct. 17.
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.
T-Shirt Design Contest:
To come up with a fresh t-shirt design, we're "crowdsourcing." That is, we've created a contest for folks who would like to submit their ideas for a t-shirt image. See this link for info on the winners and winning designs. Many thanks to all who entered - and to Lila Fox and Susan Hardin, who came up with the winning designs. There were so many great entries that we couldn't pick just one.
Food, Drinks, Chairs, Pets, etc.:
The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a free event. Please help us to keep this and our other events free by patronizing our food and beverage vendors. Except for those with specific dietary restrictions or special needs, we ask that you not bring coolers or ice chests with outside food and beverages. Camp chairs or folding chairs are welcome. Please respect our other guests by not bringing pets to the festival. Thank you.
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.
The 2010 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
The 2010 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival also is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.
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