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The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in New Orleans

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival takes place October 18-20, 2019. (Photo: Zack Smith)

Slow-smoked barbecue and all the blues your heart desires? It’s almost time for the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The free festival is back and celebrating its 14th year. From October 18-20, head out to Lafayette Square for great food, great music, and a great time.

Limited VIP passes are available. The passes 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 bathrooms. The VIP Experience passes go for $250 each (plus a service charge of $13.49), and are valid for the entire weekend. Here’s a look at what’s in store for the weekend.

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)

The Music

This festival celebrates the blues and features some of the best local and regional artists who bring soul to their performances. This year’s all-star lineup includes musicians Little Freddie King, Tab Benoit, Tucka, and the Allman-Bets Band, among others. With two stages and 18 bands, grab a blanket and plan to stay awhile and enjoy the soulful sounds. If you can’t make it to the festival, but still want to hear the blues, 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 will be streaming it on WWOZ. Here’s the lineup:

2019 CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL MUSIC SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.        Luther Kent & Trick Bag
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.        Tab Benoit

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
St. Charles Avenue Stage:
12:00 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
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.      Allman-Betts Band

Camp Street Stage:
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings
1:00 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 7:00 p.m.       Johnny Sansone

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
St. Charles Avenue Stage:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 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
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.      Tucka

Camp Street Stage:
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Zion Harmonizers
1:00 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 7:00 p.m.      Little Freddie King

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)

The Food

You’ll find some of the best barbecue in the region at this event. 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, there are plenty of other options including seafood, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free so no one goes home hungry.

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 local goodies.

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