Some local music legends are set to take the stage when the popular fest Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo returns to the banks of Bayou St. John on May 18 through May 20. Original Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli will join first-time performers Deacon John & the Ivories and Marc Broussard as the festival’s headliners.
The complete line up for the 2018 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo includes: Alex McMurray, Arrianne Keelen, Bag of Donuts, Bon Bon Vivant, Marc Broussard, Cha Wa, Corey Ledet, Deacon John & The Ivories, Iceman Special, Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters with special guest Samantha Fish, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, La Tran-K, Mainline, Leo Nocentelli & The Funkin Truth, Magnetic Ear, MC Sweet Tea & The Tasty Hots plus Malevitus, Naughty Professor, Otto, Paa Kow, Pet Fangs, Riders Against the Storm, Roland Guerin Band, Sasha Masakowski & Art Market, Sierra Green & The Soul Machine, Sonic Bloom featuring Eric Bloom, The N.O. Soul Stars James Brown Tribute, Toubab Krewe and 101 Runners featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Big Chief Juan Pardo.
Festival founder and producer Jared Zeller call this year’s musical roster a “truly diverse wish list.”
“Both Leo Nocentelli and Deacon John are living musical legends who played on many recordings that define the New Orleans sound and greatest hits catalog. But we also have bands new to the local audience such as the progressive Pet Fangs and Paa Kow, an African music ensemble from Colorado,” Zeller said.
Additionally, the winner of local singing contest Sing Like a Star will be awarded a spot in the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo’s 2018 music line-up.
This year’s event will feature music on four stages, a curated arts market with over 60 regional artists, a Family Village with games and activities, food from 30 local restaurants and caterers as well as paddling, biking and yoga activities.
Returning for its fourth year is the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Canopy Club VIP Lounge. For a tax-deductible donation of $250.00, Canopy Club pass holders will enjoy cooling units, stage-front viewing, a private bar with complimentary beverages, daily crawfish boils and comfy seating for all three festival days. Children under 12 can accompany Canopy Club parents free of charge.
For more information about Bayou Boogaloo, visit the festival’s website.
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