Covington welcomes new Bluesberry Fest on June 8; see the lineup

The all-new Bluesberry Festival will make its debut on the North Shore on June 8.

Set in the riverside Bogue Falaya Park in Covington, Bluesberry Festival is a perfect escape to enjoy blues music and “experience” the arts amidst Southeast Louisiana’s beautiful natural landscape.

“More than just a festival, Bluesberry is an immersive experience for all the sense where we not only celebrate the arts, but also inpsire others to create it – through music, visual art, culinary art or any other creative outlet that speaks to them. There’s something here to delight and entertain everyone, from young children to the young at heart,” Bluesberry Festival co-founder Sarada Bonett said.

Bluesberry Festival’s music lineup includes regional and national blues musicians performing from 10 am to 7 pm on the Westaff Music Stage. Set in the peak of blueberry season, a plethora of food trucks will be on board serving up some of their signature dishes with a creative blueberry spin. Festival goers will also be able to enjoy a variety of Abita’s locally crafted brews, including the popular Abita Blueberry Beer.

Texas native Casey James, a singer, songwriter and guitarist also known for a finalist on season 9 of American Idol, will headline alongside Johnny Hayes. Hayes is an Alabama native from Season 12 of The Voice whose rock-blues style gained national notoriety. Baton Rouge native Jonathon Long and New Orleans’ own Charmaine Neville among others will bring their mix of blues, jazz and R&B to the stage.

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The family friendly festival promises an interactive arts tent, live art demos, 30 plus original art vendors, a children’s village, and a rejuvenation station so you can cool down from the Louisiana heat. And us Louisianians know how hot it can get, so this is much appreciated.

Early bird tickets are on sale right now for $10. VIP Experience tickets sell for $65. Admission is free for children ages 10 and under.

For more information about the Bluesberry Festival, head over to www.thebluesberryfest.com.