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Blues & BBQ Online Auction Supports Heritage School

Blues & BBQ Online Auction Supports Heritage School

Blues & BBQ Online Auction Supports Heritage School

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is holding an online auction of unique souvenirs from the 12th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, which wrapped up Sunday in Lafayette Square Park.

All proceeds from the auction benefit the Foundation’s education program, the Heritage School of Music, which currently reaches some 200 kids each week with free after-school and Saturday music classes.

Three of the auction items are paintings done by New Orleans artist John Bukaty live onstage during performances at the festival. Bukaty captured Grammy-winner Bobby Rush, the Como Mamas gospel singers and guitarist/bandleader Samantha Fish. All three paintings capture the intensity of spirit expressed by the musicians.

Also on auction is a handsome G&L Telecaster-style guitar, which was embossed with an image of Bobby Rush and donated by Painted Axe of Jacksonville, FL. The guitar was autographed by all of the performers at the 2017 Blues & BBQ Festival, including Robert Cray, Deacon John, Grady Champion and many others.

To access the auction, see www.BidPal.net/bluesfest.

The auction will be open until 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Bidders have up until then to try to claim a uniquely artistic keepsake of the Blues & BBQ Festival.

Official Festival Poster For Sale
The Foundation also is selling very limited quantities of the official poster of the Blues & BBQ Festival. The 2017 poster features an image of Bobby Rush, painted by John Bukaty. The poster is available in a version signed by Bobby Rush for $125 plus shipping, and in a version signed by John Bukaty for $50 plus shipping. There are still a few copies left of the 2016 poster (featuring Tab Benoit) and the 2015 poster (featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington), both painted by Bukaty.

For online poster sales, see www.jazzandheritage.org/blues/merch.

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shall, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest for free year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, or to support our efforts with a tax-deductible donation, please see www.jazzandheritage.org.

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