Building on the success of the 2013 festival, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a third stage to the 20th annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival lineup.
The Gospel/Soul Stage, located on Lafayette Street adjacent to the Shaw Center, will feature local artists Gifted Praisers, Speakeasy, Da Vocalaires and OMT. These performers will join the previously announced lineup of blues legends and newcomers alike, including Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Kenny Neal with Henry Gray, Black Joe Lewis, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Lil Freddie King, Johnny Sansone, Lil Buck Sinegal, Black Pistol Fire, Chris LeBlanc, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Brother Dege & The Brethren, and Baton Rouge Music Studios.
Of the expansion, Festival chair Chris Brooks says, "We are very excited with the addition of the Gospel/Soul Stage at this year's festival. This stage will feature some of Baton Rouge's most impressive gospel and soul artists and it will allow the festival to appeal to an even larger audience. The 2014 Blues Festival has doubled in size from last year and we couldn't be happier to bring this great event to Baton Rouge."
About the Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Free and open to the public, the 2014 Baton Rouge Blues Festival will be held on April 12 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Baton Rouge. Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest free blues festivals in America. Produced by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, the festival is made possible in part by the foundation board of directors, a volunteer Blues Festival Committee, partners and local support, as well as the following generous sponsors: City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, Miller Properties, Crescent Crown, Abita, Baton Rouge Airport, Ford, Louisiana Lottery, The Dermatology Clinic, Coca-Cola, EMCO Technologies, La Corona Familia, Piccadilly Restaurants, Downtown Radio 97.7, Manship Theatre, Lamar Advertising, Launch Media, STUN Design, WAFB, Belle of Baton Rouge, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Old State Capitol, Oxford American Magazine, Visit Baton Rouge, DIG Magazine and 225 Magazine. In order to keep the festival free, we appreciate your cooperation in supporting our vendors throughout the day and not bringing any outside food or drink. All revenue generated from the festival goes towards the mission of the Blues Foundation to help continue its goal to promote, preserve and celebrate the "Swamp Blues" music native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The 2014 Baton Rouge Blues Festival is now accepting applicants for food vendors. Applications are being accepted between February 17, 2014 and March 17, 2014. Vendors will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and at the discretion of the BRBF Committee. Click here to apply now.
A limited number of VIP tickets are now on sale! For $50, you will receive the following:
The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation proudly brings the 20th annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival to downtown Baton Rouge Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. located in Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza.
The free to the public, family-friendly festival will feature an impressive lineup of blues legends and newcomers alike, including Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Kenny Neal with Henry Gray, Black Joe Lewis, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Little Freddie King, Johnny Sansone, Black Pistol Fire, Chris LeBlanc, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Brother Dege, and Baton Rouge Music Studios.
Of this year's lineup, Festival chair Chris Brooks says, "With our continued effort in promoting and preserving Baton Rouge's authentic sound of the Swamp Blues, the Blues Foundation is proud to present the 2014 Blues Festival lineup to the Capital City. We believe this year's diverse group of performers will give all music lovers and festival goers a unique experience unmatched by any free/open to the public festival in the United States. We invite everyone to join us April 12th in downtown Baton Rouge in celebrating our original sound of the Swamp Blues."
Four of this year's performers have previously appeared at the festival including Dr. John (1991), Kenny Neal (five-time performer), Henry Gray (15-time performer), and Chris LeBlanc (1993).
Back Stage at the Blues Fest will continue to feature interviews and informal performances in the Old State Capitol Senate chambers, providing attendees a backstage pass to discover more about participating performers. The full schedule for this will be announced at a later date.
The 2014 Baton Rouge Blues Festival is accepting new applicants for our arts vendors in the categories of painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, glass, metal, wood, leather, mixed media, and other media. Applications will be accepted between December 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014. Click here to apply now.
By becoming a member, you can help support the festival as well as helping to promote, preserve and celebrate the Baton Rouge blues culture and bring the best of Louisiana swamp blues music to the world. Click here to join today!