COVINGTON, La. (NOLA WEEKEND) - Award-winning blues singer and guitarist Samantha Fish will headline the Bluesberry Music + Art Festival at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington on Oct. 8.
Now in its third year, organizers for the festival celebrating blues music and the arts announced the 2022 music lineup featuring regional and national acts.
Five acts will perform on the festival’s main stage including Fish, Austin, Texas-based Americana act The Band of Heathens; Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee and Guitar Center’s 2011 “King of the Blues” winner Jonathon “Boogie” Long; Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee and local favorite J.J. Muggler Band and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jake Gunter.
This year, the festival will also highlight local and regional songwriters on the Ozone Songwriters Stage in the park pavilion.
Organizers also announce this year’s festival will begin mid-day and extend into the evening, “bringing a new dynamic as well as some exciting lighting elements to the festival experience,” a release said. Previously, the daytime festival concluded at dusk.
“More than just great music and food, Bluesberry Festival is a family-friendly celebration of culture and community,” Bluesberry Festival co-founder Sarah Federer said in a release. “It’s a place where people of all ages can come and enjoy national and regional acts that they don’t often get to see on Louisiana’s Northshore. But it also showcases the incredible musical, culinary and artistic talent we have right here in our own backyard. It’s the best of all worlds!”
The festival also features live art demonstrations, and more than 20 artists from across the region will sell their original work. Kids can exercise their own creative talent at the children’s village.
A food truck roundup will offer local cuisine from mobile eateries like Pyre BBQ, Brazilian Bites, Rue Chow, Coffee Rani, YumYum Gimme Sum, Isabella’s Pizzeria and others. Each will serve up their signature dishes, but also put a blueberry spin on some old favorites, organizers said.
Also returning to the festival this year is a relaxation station and a beer garden featuring a variety of locally crafted brews from Abita Brewery, including Abita Blueberry, brewed specifically for this festival.
General admission to the festival is $30 online, $40 at the gate, and free for children ages 10 and under. ($20 early bird tickets will be available through July 31.) VIP packages are also available.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.thebluesberryfest.com.
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