Promote, preserve and celebrate Baton Rouge blues culture by bringing the best of the Louisiana swamp blues.
The Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival has become one of the nation’s fastest growing blues festivals of its kind, consistently growing in attendance to more than 50,000 people ranging from ages 18 to 65. Produced by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, the festival is made possible in part by the foundation’s board of directors, a volunteer Blues Festival committee, numerous sponsors, partners and local support. The festival’s mission is to encourage promotion, preservation and advancement of the swamp blues music native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation
Founded in 2002, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to promote, preserve and celebrate the Baton Rouge blues culture and bring the best of Louisiana swamp blues music to the world. Today the Foundation presents the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Past outreach initiatives include our Blues Education program which promotes the history of Louisiana swamp blues and teaches local youth how swamp blues is shaped by and contributes to Louisiana culture. The Blues Music History Project documents local performances, interviews with local blues musicians and narratives about the roots of swamp blues and its impact on other musical forms. Each year, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation hosts a star-studded gala evening, celebrating the blues and honoring local blues artists. The Blue Carpet Blues Gala is the Foundation’s major fundraising event featuring a Blues Awards ceremony honoring music greats and live blues performances. Funds raised allow the Foundation to continue in its mission to promote, preserve and celebrate Baton Rouge’s blues heritage.