The National Fried Chicken Festival announced a fresh music lineup to go along with its finger-licking chicken when the fest returns to Woldenberg Riverfront Park on Sept. 20 to Sept. 23.
Local bounce music legends Choppa, Cheeky Blakk and DJ Jubilee will make their performance debut as a newly-formed supergroup called Bounce Royalty. The trio recently combined talents for their debut music video for the song “Twerk Baby Twerk,” and will close the main stage Saturday night.
Other notable acts include the world-renowned St. Augustine High School “Marching 100,” brass-funk-rock band Bonerama, Grammy-nominated Dwayne Doopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Delta blues guitarist Little Freedie King, Grammy-nominated band Cha Wa and progressive fusion band Water Seed, among others.
Festival founder Cleveland Spears, III calls this year’s roster of talent the “deepest and most diverse line-up of music the festival has ever had.”
The festival will close out the weekend paying homage to its hometown on Sunday night with its first-ever “WhoDat Playlist” performance, including a setlist essential for any Saints fan with hit songs you’re sure to hear blasting in the Superdome on game day.
Festival organizers recently announced plans to expand the festival to three days “following last year’s wildly successful event.”
Additional entertainers rounding out this year’s lineup include Lester Love and The City of Love Choir on Sunday morning, as well as Grammy-nominated Cha Wa, J & The Causeways, Big 6 Brass Band, THE GRiD with Nesby Phips, N.O Suspects, Brass-A-Holics, Fermin, Khris Royal & Dark Matter featuring Erica Falls and Givers.
DJ Raj Smoove will present an “Artists Showcase” with special guests Xeno Moonflower, Bobbie Rae, Caren Green and DeeLow the Diamond Man, among other acts.
Festival organizers are presenting Friday at the DJ stage as Ladies Day, featuring a full lineup of female DJs, followed by a Saturday afternoon set referred to as Crowd Karaoke featuring iconic sing-along tunes.
The annual festival also features restaurants from around the country frying a mix of traditional and creative finger-licking poultry dishes.
In 2018, more than 35 restaurants from across the state and country served up a unique and wide variety of dishes, and organizers say they expect even more for 2019.
The Fried Chicken Festival is a free outdoor festival in New Orleans that brings the community together to celebrate and indulge in one of America’s favorite foods.
The festival also announced the release of a Spotify playlist featuring this year’s entertainment, now available under the title FCF 2019 by Fried Chicken Festival on the music platform.
For more information and to view the complete music lineup, visit the Fried Chicken Festival’s website.