CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL

October 14-16, 2022

Free admission!

Without the blues, there would be no jazz or R&B.

Our Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, established in 2006, continues New Orleans’ historic role in making the blues and R&B among 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.


When

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival takes place October 14-16

Where

Lafayette Square Park 602 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, La 70130

live Music schedule 

Three days of Music, BBQ, and Art

Friday, October 14

St. Charles Ave. Stage

5:30pm to 6:45pm Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

7:00pm to 8:30pm Robert Finley

Saturday, October 15

Camp Street Stage

11:00am to 12:00pm Wolfe Johns Blues Band

1:00pm to 2:00pm Mem Shannon & the Membership

3:15pm to 4:30pm Mia Borders

5:45pm to 7:00pm Walter Wolfman Washington

St. Charles Ave. Stage

12:00pm to 1:00pm Layla Musselwhite

2:00pm to 3:15pm Mr. Sipp

4:30pm to 5:45pm Kenny Neal

7:00pm to 8:30pm Charlie Musselwhite

Sunday, October 16

Camp Street Stage

11:00am to 12:00pm Kevin & the Blues Groovers

1:00pm to 2:00pm DK Harrell

3:15pm to 4:30pm Trudy Lynn

5:45pm to 7:00pm Little Freddie King

St. Charles Ave. Stage

12:00pm to 1:00pm Eric Johanson

2:00pm to 3:15pm Joy Clark

4:30pm to 5:45pm Johnny Sansone

7:00pm to 8:30pm Ruthie Foster

No recording. Please, no audio or video recording of any performances at the festival. 

About

Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the 15th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival features three days filled with live blues and jazz performances, a local art market, and some of the best BBQ vendors throughout the Crescent City! The festival takes place at the beautiful Lafayette Square Park which is bordered by Poydras Street and St. Charles Avenue. The park is located across from the historical Gallier Hall, former City Hall and another great site for music throughout the years. Just like in the past years, there will be two stages of music, a huge arts market, lots of BBQ!

VIP

We are offering a limited, exclusive opportunity to purchase access to our VIP guest area. 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, light snacks and indoor restrooms. The revenue from these ticket sales helps to offset the enormous expense of putting on the festival.

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). The VIP Experience includes:

  • Access to our VIP viewing area at the St. Charles Avenue stage, with seating areas for stage viewing (approx. 30 seats) and side-of-stage viewing (approx. 50 seats). This area also includes a complimentary bar with beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks.
  • Access to our VIP viewing and seating area directly in front of the Camp Street stage (approx. 50 seats).
  • Access to our exclusive VIP hospitality lounge, located in the Blake Hotel. The lounge is indoors, on the second floor of the building, with indoor bathrooms, comfortable seating, air conditioning, a complimentary bar and light snacks. Please note: The hospitality lounge will not be open on Friday, Oct. 14. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16.

Art Market 

We will host a huge arts market, with 22 of our best local and regional makers of hand-crafted artworks and home furnishings. As at all of our events, we’ll feature some of the best artisans in the region selling hand-made art, jewelry and other crafts.  

Food 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 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. 

listen live

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

CDs, T-SHIRTS AND AUTOGRAPHS

As always, the Louisiana Music Factory will be on festival grounds to sell CDs and other merchandise. Many of our performers will visit the tent to sign autographs immediately after their performances. We’ll also have official Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival t-shirts available in the Jazz & Heritage Merchandise Tent!

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).

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.

Recording 

Please: No audio or video recording of our performers.

Parking

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.

Public Transit

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

Blue bikes

Thanks to a partnership with Blue Bikes, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is easier to attend than ever! From October 14-16 Blue Bikes is offering a promo for festival guests. To take advantage of this great deal, download the Social Bicycles app (iTunes App Store & Google Play) available for Android and Apple devices or Create an online account at bluebikesnola.com. Select the Blue Bikes New Orleans network and sign-up for the Pay As You Go plan. Enter promo code [BLUES2022] when prompted and press “Apply.” Confirm that an account credit has been applied before completing the registration. Once your account is created, simply enter your account number and PIN on any available bike to start riding. 

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 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. 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 combination, or ask any of the greeters who are seated at the donation boxes at three 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. 


Our sponsors

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.  

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