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Soulful Sounds: The 2017 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

The Iguanas perform at the 2016 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in New Orleans. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Slow-smoked barbecue and Grammy-award winning musicians? Yes, please–and don’t forget the free admission. The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival,  presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, is back and celebrating its 12th year. From October 13-15, head out to Lafayette Square for great food, great music, and a great time.

The Music

This festival celebrates the blues and features some of the best local and regional artists who bring soul with their performances. Grammy winners Robert Cray and Bobby Rush headline this year’s festival. With two stages and 18 bands, grab a blanket and plan to stay awhile and enjoy the soulful sounds. Here’s the lineup:

Friday, Oct. 13
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.             Deacon John’s Jump Blues
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.        Luther Kent & Trick Bag

Saturday, Oct. 14
St. Charles Ave. Stage

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.           Robert Cray
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.      John Mooney
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.      Samantha Fish
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.              Guitar Lightning Lee

Camp Street Stage:
5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.           Grady Champion
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.      A.J. Ghent
1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.           Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.            King Edward

Sunday, Oct. 15
St Charles Ave. Stage

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.            Bobby Rush
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.       Robert Finley
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.       Como Mamas
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.               Andrew Duhon

Camp Street Stage:
5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.          Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.     Little Freddie King

1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.          The New Soul Finders

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.           The Fortifiers

Take your pick of BBQ at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

The Food

The best barbecue in the region shows up for this event. 12 food and four dessert vendors are in the lineup for this year’s fest. Whether you like it slow-smoked, wood-smoked, or apple/oak-smoked – the options roll on and on. If you’re looking for something other than barbecue, check out the chargrilled oysters, roasted garlic mac & cheese, or strawberry cheesecake crepe. There are even vegetarian options so everyone can leave with their bellies full from this fest. Check out the menu in advance here.  Don’t be afraid to dig in and get your hands dirty.

The Arts Market

Paintings, photography, jewelry, and soaps are just some of the items on sale at the arts market. Twenty two vendors will be in this year’s market, so after you get your fill on food, don’t forget to stop by and snatch up some arts.

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