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October 13, 2015 - bbq set

Cool blues and prohibited grill will be a sequence of a day during a Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, Friday (Oct. 16) by Sunday. The 10th installment of a giveaway festival will fill Lafayette Square Park with 18 sets from internal and nationally furloughed blues and RB acts.

Headlining on Saturday are New Orleans favorites The Funky Meters, who will be teaming adult with internal song legends Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas. On Sunday, Grammy-nominated blues and folk performer Ruthie Foster will take to a theatre as a categorical attraction.

“We use a deduction from Jazz Fest to put on giveaway events like this for a community,” pronounced Scott Aiges, executive of programs, selling and mommunications for a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Aiges pronounced assembly in new years has averaged approximately 15,000 people, widespread out over a march of a weekend, with a assembly separate about 50/50 between locals and out-of-towners.

Shows take place on dual stages that swap behind and forth, so attendees who wish to locate it all will never skip a beat. Some festgoers set adult chairs in a center of a park between a dual stages, and usually reorient their chairs to face a other instruction when a subsequent act is prepared to begin.

Bluesman Little Freddie King will lapse to a festival this year, on a St. Charles Avenue Stage on Saturday afternoon.

“Crescent City Blues and BBQ is pristine New Orleans,” King said. “It has that pleasing vibe of a city, since it is hold in a heart of a Crescent City, Lafayette Square Park, with a backdrop of Gallier Hall building behind a stage.”

King pronounced this year will be special, since he is mouth-watering his nephew, Vasti Jackson, to join him onstage. Jackson, a charismatic, interactive guitarist and vocalist in his possess right, hails from Hattiesburg, Miss.

“I am so unapproachable to be means to join adult with him on a theatre for a initial time,” King said.

The 2015 poster, combined by John Bukaty, depicts Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington. (Image from The New Orleans Jazz Heritage Foundation) 

Last year, King was featured in 2014 on a festival’s initial poster, combined by artist John Bukaty. He pronounced he was respected to have been comparison for a initial year of this artwork.

This year’s 2015 poster, also by Bukaty, will etch RB, despondency and blues guitarist and vocalist, Walter “Wolfman” Washington.

“It was unequivocally a no-brainer for us,” pronounced Aiges, about Washington’s selection. Not usually is he dear by many and a unchanging during a event, but, Aiges said, he was “headliner during a initial fest, he was one of those internal artists that we wanted to recognize.”

Pianist and blues thespian Marcia Ball will strike a theatre on Friday night, directly following Washinton; it’s what she’s many vehement about.

“I’ve met him. we adore his music. we adore his band,” she said.

This is Ball’s second time during a festival. “It’s wonderful. we had a smashing time,” she said, of final time.

She isn’t 100 percent certain yet, though hopes she’ll have a special, extended horn territory for her set.

“I’m anticipating we have a integrate of additional friends who come out with us,” she said.

The final time she appeared, performers were supposing fest food backstage, and it was all great. As someone innate in Texas, she knows a thing or dual about barbecue, and pronounced attendees should not worry about anticipating superb eats.

Grammy-winning pianist and vocalist Marcia Ball performs during a 2015 Crescent City Blues BBQ Festival in Lafayette Square. (Mary Keating Bruton photo) 

“I substantially could tighten my eyes and indicate to get a good barbecue,” she laughed, about a food vendors. She also joked about how to say a healthy change while holding in a fest: “If we dance enough, we can have all a grill we want.”

Three new vendors will be combined for 2015, bringing a sum adult from 14 to 17 food providers, Aiges said. Another change will be an enlargement of options for those on vegan or vegetarian diets. Unlike many festivals formed on barbecue, there will be choice dietary choices available, such as a greens and crowder peas image by Praline Connection.

Another tiny change is for a advantage of those who can’t be there in person. It has all been promote live for years on WWOZ radio, though now a full weekend will also be streamed in a entirety by a station’s website during

Also on-site will be a 30-vendor humanities market. Nearby, usually opposite St. Charles Avenue from Lafayette Square, a NORD museum of Gallier Hall will horde a festival’s Oral History Stage, where performers will be interviewed.

“Everyone should support this good event,” Washington said. “Last year was packed. And a best part? we sole a few CDs to compensate a lights and gas bill. Hope it happens again,” he said.


The 2015 Crescent City Blues BBQ Festival report is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 16

5:30-6:45 p.m. — Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington

7-8:30 p.m. — Marcia Ball

Saturday, Oct. 17

St. Charles Avenue Stage:

12-1 p.m. — Mike “Soul Man” Baptiste

2:15-3:15 p.m. — Little Freddie King

4:30-5:45 p.m. — Kenny Neal

7-8:30 p.m. — “Ride Your Pony Down to New Orleans – Home of a Blues,” starring The Funky Meters (Art Neville, George Porter, Brian Stoltz and Terrence Houston) and special guest Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas

Camp Street Stage:

11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Mitch Woods His Rocket 88s

1-2:15 p.m. — Mason Ruffner

3:15-4:30 p.m. — Lurrie Bell

5:45-7 p.m. — Swamp Dogg

Sunday, Oct. 18

St. Charles Ave. Stage:

12-1 p.m. — Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

2:15-3:15 p.m. — Jarekus Singleton

4:30-5:45 p.m. — Excello Records Reunion (featuring Lazy Lester, Carol Fran, Classie Ballou and Li’l Buck Sinegal)

7-8:30 p.m. — Ruthie Foster

Camp Street Stage:

11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Brint Anderson Band

1-2:15 p.m. — Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child”

3:15-4:30 p.m. — Son Little

5:45-7 p.m. — Denise LaSalle


Schedule for Oral History Stage during Gallier Hall:

Saturday, Oct. 18:

3 p.m. — Mason Ruffner

4 p.m. — Swamp Dogg

5 p.m. — Lurrie Bell

Sunday, Oct. 19:

12:30 p.m. — Brint Anderson

2 p.m., 3:15 p.m. — Excello Reunion

4 p.m. — Jarekus Singleton

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