Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival goes virtual for 15th anniversary

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival goes virtual to bring iconic performances to music lovers online while celebrating its 15th anniversary on Oct. 16 to Oct. 18.

In a partnership with WWOZ, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, who produces the annual festival, will stream Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival: Festing in Place. Fans can relive some of the most iconic performances from past years and see two new performances from Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Little Freddie King.

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Kenny Neal, Robert Finley and Samantha Fish will kick off the festival on Friday, Oct. 16. Festival-goers are in for two full days of stellar performances on Saturday and Sunday, featuring the Funky Meters with special guests Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas, Tab Benoit, Bobby Rush, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, James Cotton, Ruthie Foster, Mel Waiters and Mem Shannon & the Membership, among others. See the complete schedule here.

Local radio station WWOZ will broadcast the virtual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival on-air at 90.7 FM and online at the WWOZ website, You can also watch the event via the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Facebook Page, YouTube channel or via WWOZ’s Facebook Page.

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In addition to the music, barbecue lovers can still scoop up dishes from participating food vendors. See the list of participating vendors here.

Also, more than 30 local and regional vendors will participate in the 2020 Arts Market that includes hand-crafted artwork and home furnishings. See the complete list of vendors with links to their websites here.

Organizers say the virtual festival will also help raise money for the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund. The fund was established in March as a statewide relief effort to support Louisiana musicians who have lost income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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