Rocktober Music Fest saved after flood

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An annual music and arts festival honoring the memory of Buddy Stewart almost didn't happen this year. After a 16-year run, organizer Philliper Stewart thought she was going to have to cancel the 2016 festival since so many performers were affected by the August flooding.

"We were about ready to just throw in the towel," Stewart said.

Then she got an unexpected visit at her father's old Rock Shop, now the Louisiana Music Memorial Museum.

"The Jazz Foundation of America walked in and told us they were here to help the Baton Rouge musicians who were displaced and help them get back to work," she said.

After Stewart explained the situation, the New York-based Foundation agreed not only to sponsor this year's festival, but also to compensate each performer for their time.

The 17th annual Rocktober Music & Arts Festival happens Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. in front of the museum at 1712 N. Acadian W.

Performers this year include blues legend Henry Gray and R&B singer Cupid, best known for the "Cupid Shuffle." Also on stage will be "Minister of Music" Bobby Powell, N-Tune, Harvey Knox & Soul Spectrum, Clarence Williams & the Rouge Band, the Otis Johnson Jazz Trio, the Vocalaires, and Stephanie MacDee.

Admission is free and includes a tour of the museum.

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