Delta blues guitarist Tab Benoit, Cowboy Mouth, Raw Oyster Cult and high-energy bayou pop princess Amanda Shaw headline the 14th annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, taking place on the banks of Bayou St. John on May 17 to May 19.
The annual, three-day neighborhood festival features music on four stages and raises funds to support a clean and healthy Bayou St. John.
Benoit will perform twice at the 2019 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, once with his band and again with his highly popular Police cover band, The Fuzz. Raw Oyster Cult, a fan favorite, includes Dave Malone, Frank Bua, Rand Camille Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan of the long-jamming New Orleans’ Radiators.
The complete 2019 Bayou Boogaloo music lineup includes: Tab Benoit presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, Cowboy Mouth, Raw Oyster Cult, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, GRAMMY winner Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Little Freddie King, Erica Falls, Angelo Moore and the Brand New Step, Morning 40 Federation, Cole Williams Band, J & The Causeways, Debauche, Shinyribs, Suspects Tribal Gold, South Jones, New Orleans Classic Big Band featuring special guests, The Tumbling Wheels, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound, Roadside Glorious, Jamaican Me Breakfast Club, Patrick Sweany, Omari Neville & Fuel, St. Lorelei, Miss Mojo, Sabotage and Valerie Sassyfras.
Local Beastie Boys cover band Sabotage will also perform a multi-media tribute set. Sabotage is Jermaine Quiz (Jealous Monk), KC O’Rorke (Flow Tribe), M@ Peoples (M@ Peoples Collective), Bryan Santos (Flow Tribe), Michael Fouquier (Gravity A), Andrew Meehan (Gravity A), and James Martin (Trombone Shorty’s Orleans Ave).
From the Austin, Texas eclectic live-music scene comes the booty-shaking, futuristic electro-indie-funk-soul band, Angelo Moore & the Brand New Step who will be joined by members of Galactic. Also hailing from Austin is Kevin Russel and his band, Shinyribs, who plan on bringing a soul-singing, down-home house party.
Also of note is the appearance of Erica Falls, the queen of New Orleans Neo-Soul. Suspects’ Tribal Gold is the New Orleans Suspects with Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Comanches Mardi Gras Indians.
The 2018 Bayou Boogaloo was shaken by a violent Friday thunderstorm that shut down the festival on opening day. After the microburst of wind and rain twisted tents and stages, Bayou Boogaloo miraculously bounced back for the remaining two days thanks to staff, vendors and volunteers who worked throughout the night.
In addition to music on four stages, including the Ruby Slipper Cafe Kids Stage, Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo boasts a curated arts market, a VIP Canopy Club and food from 30 local restaurants. The festival is also known for its paddling, biking and yoga activities.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is produced by The Friends of Bayou St. John is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes stewardship, cultural appreciation, responsible recreation and initiatives that support a clean, healthy Bayou St. John that is accessible to all. In the past, proceeds from the annual family-friendly festival have launched anti-litter initiatives and restored trees along Bayou St. John lost to hurricanes. In 2019, the festival aims once again to reduce waste be eco-friendly.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo also benefits several neighborhood community partners, such as Friends of Lafitte Greenway and Evacuteer.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.