20th Annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival announces lineup

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation proudly brings the 20th annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival to downtown Baton Rouge Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. - 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, Lil Freddie King, Johnny Sansone, Black Pistol Fire, Chris LeBlanc, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Brother Dege and Baton Rouge Music Studios.

Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest free blues festivals in America. During the past three years, the festival has become one of the nation's fastest growing blues festivals of its kind, consistently growing in attendance to more than 10,000 people ranging from ages 18 to 65.

The festival's mission is to encourage promotion, preservation and advancement of the "Swamp Blues" music native to Baton Rouge.

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