Originated in 1980, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest blues festivals in America, first held on the campus of Southern University on The Bluffs. The festival was created to further the mission of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit organization. Its mission is to preserve, promote and advance Baton Rouge Blues culture. Through this mission, the festival honors the legacy of great Baton Rouge blues music performed by such artists as Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, Robert Pete Williams and Raful Neal as well as the influence of the Blues on all music.
Starting in 2012, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival expanded its programming to include an educational/interview series called Back Stage at the Blues Fest. Through this series, the festival goers get to hear the musicians talk about the inspirations for the music they perform and hear them perform in an informal setting.
These performances and events are held in the new Baton Rouge Town Square surrounded by vendors of great food, drink, literature and art.
The Baton Rouge Blues Festival with its combination of local blues legends and the best in international touring and recording artists is a truly special experience for Baton Rougeans and tourists alike.
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