2019 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Oct 18–20, 2019
Friday, Oct. 18, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. both days.
Lafayette Square Park
540 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Admission: Free!

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Houma guitar hero Tab Benoit, the legacy-continuing Allman-Betts Band, R&B “swing” singer Tucka, slide guitar maestro Sonny Landreth, soul belter Erica Falls, harmonica ace Johnny Sansone, guitar shredder Jonathon Boogie Long, gospel legends the Zion Harmonizers and New Orleans blues favorite Little Freddie King are just a few of the great artists who will perform at the 14th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Oct. 18-20 in Lafayette Square Park. Admission is free.



"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


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The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is an award-winning event, with two stages of music, a dozen of the best barbecue vendors in the region and a huge arts market. The 14th edition of this community celebration of Southern soul is bound to be one for the record books.

Admission is free! This is, after all, an event produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest and uses the proceeds from that world-famous festival for free, year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment.


5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.      Luther Kent & Trick Bag
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.          Tab Benoit


12 p.m. to 1 p.m.             Brother Tyrone & the Mind Benders
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.      Jonathon Boogie Long
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.      Kenny Neal
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.          Allman-Betts Band                                         

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.           Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings
1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.          Lynn Drury
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.      Erica Falls                                            
5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.          Johnny Sansone


12 p.m. to 1 p.m.            Lulu & the Broadsides
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.    Guitar Lightning Lee
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.    Sonny Landreth                                       
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.         Tucka
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.         Zion Harmonizers
1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.        Keith Stone & Red Gravy
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.    Mason Ruffner
5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.        Little Freddie King


As always, we will host a huge arts market, with 22 of our best local and regional makers of hand-crafted artworks and home furnishings. We have carefully curated our group of arts market vendors to showcase the finest quality. Click here to download a complete list of this year's craft vendors.

Once again, we're going 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 will have some options for vegetarians, vegans and those who eat gluten-free. Click here to download a festival menu and a list of this year's vendors.

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, two complimentary bars and a deluxe indoor hospitality suite with a balcony view of Lafayette Square, air conditioning, catering and real 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). To purchase VIP Experience passes, click here.

Our beloved community radio station WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM will broadcast most of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival live from Lafayette Square – over the air and in streaming video at www.wwoz.org.

As always, the Louisiana Music Factory will host our merchandise operation. Most of our performers will visit the tent to sign autographs immediately after their performances. We’ll have an official Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival t-shirt available for sale as well.

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 (except for service animals, of course). 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.

No Smoking
The City of New Orleans has a prohibition on smoking - which doesn't cover outdoor spaces in most of the city, but it does cover Lafayette Square. So, please, no smoking of cigarettes, cigars or pipes, and no vaping. Thank you.

Public Transit
Lafayette Square is conveniently located along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line (map) and the Magazine Street (No. 11) bus route (map).

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.

There is parking in the Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street) for a flat fee, and there are many other street-level parking lots in the area.

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.

ADA Access
We provide reserved areas at both stages for our guests who use wheelchairs. And - new this year - we have a special deck with views of both stages reserved for our guests in wheelchairs. There is an ADA drop-off area on Camp Street where vehicles carrying passengers with special needs may unload. All of our food booths will have serving counters at a height of 32-inches. We also provide ADA compliant toilets in all three of our locations for Port-O-Lets (at the corners of Camp and North Maestri streets, Camp Street and South Maestri streets, and St. Charles at South Maestri). The ADA toilets are kept locked for cleanliness; to access them, please visit our Foundation Information booth and we'll provide you with the key or combination, or ask any of the greeters who are seated at the donation boxes at six entry points around the park.

Brought to You By
The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a presentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Our broadcast partner is WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM.

We gratefully acknowledge these festival co-sponsors:

Cathead Vodka
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana Lottery
ArtWorks – The National Endowment for the Arts
Freeport McMoRan Foundation
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.
Louisiana Division of the Arts
Arts Council of New Orleans
Acadian Ambulance Service

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is 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.

2019 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest Food Vendors

2019 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest Food Vendor Menu

2019 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest Craft Vendors

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2019 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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