Baton Rouge Blues Festival & Foundation
Baton Rouge Blues Festival announces 2024 lineup
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - The Baton Rouge Blues Festival & Foundation (BRBFF) announced Thursday the festival's 2024 lineup. The annual free festival takes place in downtown Baton Rouge and is scheduled for April 19-21, 2024. The Blues Festival features local and nationally touring acts on four stages, accompanied by dozens of food and artist vendors, and kid activities.
Headliners include: blues legend, Grammy-winning Charlie Musselwhite; Rock & Roll and Blues Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop; Black Joe Lewis, the blues, funk, and soul artist; Janiva Magness, the Grammy-nominated blues and soul singer-songwriter; Jackie Venson the blues and R&B singer-singwriter and guitarist, and Kenny Neal, the Grammy-nominated bluesman from Baton Rouge.
"The cherry on top of our great lineup is the significant scope growth and collaboration with our partners,” Lauren Lambert-Tompkins, Executive Director of BRBFF said.
With the support of The City of Baton Rouge and Visit Baton Rouge, the festival will present a fourth stage located on Third Street, a great growth to the festival, which will offer an economic boost to Third Street businesses. With the support of Live After Five, the festival now includes a Friday night concert, as well as a Sunday in the Park concert with the support of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
"Our intention is to work with all area arts and culture organizations, emphasizing that this festival is a true destination that all can enjoy. We’re honored to celebrate these artists and propel the blues and all the music genres it has influenced."
The last Saturday night concert on the main stage featuring Black Joe Lewis will serve as the festival’s “Rent Party.” Historically, blues musicians hosted rent parties to pass the hat to help them make ends meet- to pay their rent.
“This is a free festival to attend, but it’s not free to put on. We’re asking all of our festival attendees to come party with us and donate what they can to keep live music alive in Baton Rouge,” Lambert-Tompkins said.
Festival attendees are also encouraged to purchase BFF passes, the fest's exclusive VIP experience. These passes get attendees access to an open bar, food, indoor lounge and restrooms, outdoor gated stage viewing and seating area, and more. You can purchase the passes at brblues.org/bffpasses. Those interested in vending at the festival should fill out the application at brblues.org/vend. Those interested donating or sponsoring the festival should visit brblues.org/support.
The festival lineup and daily schedule is below.
You can listen to this year’s artists on this playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5axqrzJk2G0qcBtpLTC0Mn?si=5ed7e88bb9294968
Charlie Musselwhite & Elvin Bishop
Black Joe Lewis
Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor
Michael Foster Project
Lil Ray Neal
Florida Street Blowhards
Eli Paperboy Reed
Lil’ Jimmy Reed
Smokehouse Porter & Miss Mamie
Jonathon Boogie Long
Lil’ Ray Neal
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Assets available at request.