Some of New Orleans’ finest musicians will take the stage at this year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival set for Nov. 11.
Headlining the 2018 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is The George Porter Trio consisting of Terrence Houston, Michael Lemmler, and George Porter Jr. with special guests to be announced. Funk master George Porter is a New Orleans musical treasure, founding member of The Meters and a recipient of 2018 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.
Oak Street favorites The New Orleans Suspects will also perform at the festival with special guest trumpeter and vocalist Jennifer Hartswick, an original member of the Trey Anastasio Band who has performed with the Rolling Stones, Aaron Neville, Phish and many others.
The strong Po-Boy Fest musical line up rounds out with Morning 40 Federation, 101 Runners, The Iceman Special, In Business and The Soul Brass Band. Funk Monkey featuring guitarist and vocalist Arsene DeLay, J & The Causeways, Mikey B3 and Future Cowboys will all perform on the four stages along Oak Street between Carrollton Avenue and Leake Avenue/River Road.
The 2018 Po-Boy festival will add special drinks and desserts, including a Po-Boy Ice Cream Sandwiches from the New Orleans Ice Cream Company. Urban South Brewery is creating a special Po-Boy lager for the festival.
Festival-goers can expect to try more than 50 delicious varieties of po-boys at the festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Oak Street. The fest takes place starting at South Carrollton Avenue and runs from the 8100 to 8800 blocks toward the River Road, with some activities pouring onto side streets.
Organizers also announced Jared Zeller, founder and producer of the annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, will produce the 2018 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.
The music, sights and sounds of the Po-Boy Fest remains free. As in 2017, a $5 wristband is required to purchase po-boys.
Wristbands will be sold on the day of the festival, with proceeds benefitting the Oak Street Residents, Merchants and Property Owners and Son of a Saint, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which exists to enhance the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and formation of positive, lasting peer-to-peer relationships.
For more information about the 2018 Oak Street Po-Boy Fest, visit the website.
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