2008 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Oct 18–19, 2008
Lafayette Square Park
580 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana

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The third annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a free celebration of Southern soul.

Produced since 2006 by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (the nonprofit organization that owns the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell), the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival brings to life New Orleans' historic role in making the blues one of the most influential sounds in the world.

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival presents many of the top performers from southern Louisiana and Mississippi, plus delicious food and unique visual art.

The 2008 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will once again boast a who's who of Louisiana blues artists, including such perennial favorites as Marva Wright, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Little Freddie King.

This year, the festival welcomes for the first time John Mooney, whose mix of electric slide guitar and the street parade rhythms of New Orleans has made him one of the top attractions on the modern blues circuit.

Also new to the festival is Baton Rouge guitar ace Kenny Neal. The son of legendary harmonica player Raful Neal, Kenny comes from a large family of equally soulful relations.

Cedric Burnside - grandson of the late blues great R.L. Burnside, and a member of the Burnside Experience - brings a modern take on traditional juke joint blues in his duo with guitarist Lightnin' Macolm.

Purists will be flocking to see legendary 93 year-old David "Honeyboy" Edwards, who was a friend of the blues originator Robert Johnson and was first recorded by the famous musicologist Alan Lomax.

Discounted parking for the event is available in the garage of The Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street; garage entrance is on Camp Street).

2008 Performance Schedule:

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Performers Dancehall Stage Juke Joint Stage
The Heritage School of Music Allstars 9:30am - 11am  
19th Street Red Blues Band   11:00am - 11:45am
J. Monque’D 11:45am - 12:45pm  
Smoky Greenwell   12:45pm - 1:30pm
The Marc Stone Band featuring Vasti Jackson 1:30pm - 2:30pm  
Big Daddy O   2:30pm - 3:15pm
Anders Osborne 3:15pm - 4:00pm  
Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm   4:00pm - 4:45pm
Kenny Neal 4:45pm - 5:45pm  
David “Honeyboy” Edwards   5:45pm - 6:30pm
John Mooney 6:30pm - 7:30pm  
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Performers Dancehall Stage Juke Joint Stage
Heritage School of Music Allstars 10:15am - 11:15am  
St. Louis Slim   11:15am - 12:12pm
Little Freddie King 12:15pm - 1:30pm  
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio   1:30pm - 2:30pm
Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters 2:30pm - 3:45pm  
Guitar Lightnin’ Lee   3:45pm - 4:45pm
Marva Wright & the BMWs 4:45pm - 5:45pm  
Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone 6:00pm - 7:15pm  

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2008 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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