Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Downtown Baton Rouge - Town Square/Repentance Park
Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest, free blues festivals in America. First held on the campus of Southern University, the festival honors the legend of home-grown blues artists like Slim Harpo, Rudy Richard, Silas Hogan, Whisperin' Smith, Guitar Kelly, Schoolboy Cleve, Chewin' Gum Johnson and Raful Neal. Expanding outside our backyard, the festival has relocated to downtown Baton Rouge and continues to bring in nationally and internationally recognized acts.
Over the past three years, The Baton Rouge Blues Festival has become one of the fastest growing blues festivals of its kind in the nation with consistently growing in attendance to over 10,000 people. 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, numerous sponsors, partners and local support.
Previous performers include Bobby Rush, Robert Randolph and the Family band, Johnny Winter, Henry Gray, Chris Thomas King, Tab Benoit, Marcia Ball, Baby Bee, CC Adcock and Blind Boy Paxton to name a few.