JUNE 23, 2021




BATON ROUGE, La. - Bandito is BACK! After postponement due to the 2020 pandemic, Bandito Food & Music Festival returns with a lineup that continues the amazing musical precedent set by the first event in 2019. A perfect blend of country, rock-n-roll, and Americana with a touch of south of the border flair, the event will take place in downtown Baton Rouge’s Galvez Plaza, Saturday August 21 from 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sharing the stage is a “who’s who” of alt-country legends and music veterans including: Lucero, Reverend Horton Heat, American Aquarium, Drivin N Cryin, Elizabeth Cook, Dash Rip Rock and Elsah. Adding to the musical celebration will be a combination of BBQ and tacos with a side of South Louisiana spice from some of the region’s premier restaurants. These vendors will compete for the event title of Best BBQ and Best Taco.

Festival Producer Chris Brooks states, “We are absolutely thrilled to not only bring Bandito Festival back to Baton Rouge, but to also be the first major festival to showcase top-caliber live music in the Capital City since things shut down in March of 2020. This year’s musical talent is sure to draw people from across the Gulf South. Memphis-based Lucero is an alt-country legend. American Aquarium has been cranking out heartfelt Americana since 2006. Reverend Horton Heat, Drivin N Cryin and Dash Rip Rock have been rocking stages around Baton Rouge and the nation since the late 80s. The beautiful voice of Elizabeth Cook can be heard on her fantastic records and her show on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country station. Local Baton Rouge favorites Elsah will get the party cranking as the first band up. We are excited to bring the Bandito Festival back to downtown Baton Rouge. We know this has been a difficult year for everyone, especially for the Bandito Festival family with the loss of my friend, colleague and co-producer of this festival, Eric Carnegie. His vision and ability to bring people together to work towards a common goal was incredible. We plan on honoring "E" at this year's festival and many festivals to come.”

The Bandito Food & Music Festival, presented by Williamson Eye Center, makes its second installment Saturday, August 21, 2021. This unique culinary and music festival, held in downtown Baton Rouge's Galvez Plaza, brings the best combination of BBQ and tacos with a south Louisiana flair. Attendance is free, with a limited number of VIP tickets available and can be purchased here. Proceeds of Bandito Fest benefit Behind the Line Baton Rouge, a non profit 501(c)3 organization that seeks to make a difference in the lives of First Responders and their families. Follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram or online at for the most up-to-date information.