2020 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Oct 16–18, 2020
Virtual Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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We can't gather for a live festival this year, but we can still celebrate 15 years of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival- virtuallyThe New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is bringing you three days of incredible music, food and crafts just as we always have.  We’ll revisit some of the most popular performances from past Blues Fests and we’ll even see some new performances from Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Little Freddie King!   And we’re doing this while raising money for a very worthy cause: the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a fund that was created to support the Louisiana music community as we all do our part to bring live music events back!   There's two ways you can watch or listen October 16-18: Community radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM will broadcast Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival live from Lafayette Square – over the air and in streaming audio at www.wwoz.org.  You can watch the event via the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Facebook Page and Youtube channel.  You can also watch via WWOZ's Facebook Page.  



This year's lineup features some of the most iconic performances ever to hit our stage: The Funky Meters (Art Neville, George Porter, Brian Stoltz and Terrence Houston) plus special guests Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas, an Excello Reunion with Lazy Lester, Carol Fran, Classie Ballou and Li’l Buck, Little Freddie King, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Samantha Fish, Robert Finley, Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, Pat Benoit, Shemekia Copeland, John Mooney, Jonathon Boogie Long, Luther Kent, Mem Shannon, Mel Waiters, Lulu and the Broadsides, Erica Falls, Henry Gray with Terrance Simien and many many more!  Check back here for more details as they are available or stay up to date by subscribing to the Foundation mailing list.  For more information on the Festing In Place model, click here.




Click here to donate to the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund

In March 2020, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation established the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a statewide relief fund to support  Louisiana musicians who have lost income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Theunprecedented crisis has led to the indefinite cancellation of gigs, event postponements, and venue closures around the world. It has left many Louisiana musicians and others who work in the music industry facing a total or near-total loss of income for the foreseeable future.  The Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund was created by the Foundation to support Louisiana musicians whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.  All proceeds raised will go to this endeavor as we continue to help musicians in need.  


Here's a preview of this year's merchandise.  All proceeds will go towards the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund.  Check back soon for the chance to purchase.


Food vendors have also been greatly affected by the pandemic - with many unable to operate at full capacity.  We're showing off our fabulous food vendors who represent several regional styles of BBQ - with a fresh emphasis on Louisiana. Feed your soul and show your love for our local food vendors by supporting their businesses!  






Check back soon for a listing of our participating 2020 craft vendors!




Blues & BBQ Festival Archive:

2019's Line-up and Festival Details
2018's Line-up and Festival Details
2017's Line-up and Festival Details
2016's Line-up and Festival Details
2015's Line-up and Festival Details
2014's Line-up and Festival Details
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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2020 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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