BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation unveiled a dazzling array of artists for this year's Baton Rouge Blues Festival on Thursday. Among the notables, blues guitar legend Buddy Guy will play the downtown stage under the gleaming Baton Rouge Crest the second weekend of April.
The festival, which will be two days this year, will stretch from Galvez Plaza alongside the Old State Capitol and North Boulevard, and will plunge headlong down the hill between the Capitol and the River Center in what is known as Repentance Park. The green grass will be covered with lovers of blues music as a parade of stars appear.
This list is still open to add names if need be, but look at who's gonna perform!
Buddy Guy, Latimore, Curtis Harding, Kenny Neal & the Neal Family performing a tribute to Raful Neal, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington & the Roadmasters, The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Kent Burnside, Henry Gray, James 'Chicken Scratch' Johnson, Gregg Wright, Adia Victoria, Leo 'Bud' Welch, Quinn Sullivan, Smokehouse Porter, Miss Mamie & the Gutbucket Blues Band, Delta Saints, Luke Winslow King, Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor, Sundanze Howie, Vince Hutchinson & the Heavy Storm Band, The Banditos, Loudness Wars, The Rakers, Tank & the Bangas, Michael Juan Nunez, Café Au Lait, Honeyvibe, OMT, Mighty Fine, The Bedlamville Triflers, Southern Wonders, Cliff & Company, Lighthouse Singers, Baton Rouge Music Studios, and Danny Kane.
Want to hear samples of some of these acts? The Blues Foundation suggests its Spotify playlist.
Baton Rouge Blues Festival will take place downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday April, 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
I ran into Henry Gray recently and he reminded me that he's performed at almost all the BR Blues Fests and will do so again this year. He motioned for me to draw near and pulled out his wallet. From inside the portion where dollar bills are stored, he pulled a folded piece of white paper that was well-worn. He slowly unfolded it, enjoying the look of curiosity on my face. Then I saw it was a copy of the official certificate Gray has declaring him "Honorary Mayor of Baton Rouge," a gift from Mayor-Pres Kip Holden.
Blues and "Mayor" Henry Gray guarantee a great weekend for the 22nd annual Baton Rouge Blues Fest.