The free-to-the-public, family-friendly festival will feature internationally-recognized performers and local blues legends alike.

The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation proudly brings the 25th annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival to downtown Baton Rouge Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, April, 14, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., located in and around Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza.

The free-to-the-public, family-friendly festival will feature internationally-recognized performers and local blues legends alike, including:

Mavis Staples

Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal and Tyree Neal

Henry Gray with special guests Bob Corritore and others

William Bell

Deacon John & The Ivories

Papa Grows Funk

Jonathon "Boogie" Long

Warren Storm & Willie Tee & The Band Cypress with Special Guests

Chris Leblanc Band with a Tribute to Lazy Lester

Quiana Lynell

Greyhounds

Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor

Cedric Burnside

Lil Freddie King

Sam Hogan

Smokehouse Porter & Miss Mamie

Chicago Al & the Backburners

Harvey Knox & The Soul Spectrum Band

Darcy Malone & the Tangle

Cedric Watson

Levee Road Revue

Killer Whale

Lane Mack

Hogy & the Healers

The Excelleauxs

Zion Harmonizers

Elder Timothy Britten & Shabach

Arthur Gremillion & Friends Community Choir

DeAndre Tate & Company

April "Sexy Red" Jackson

OMT

Sixteen of this year's performers have previously appeared at the festival, including Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal, Tyree Neal, Henry Gray, Jonathon "Boogie" Long, Chris Leblanc Band, Quiana Lynell, Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, Lil Freddie King, Sam Hogan, Smokehouse Porter & Miss Mamie, Chicago Al & the Backburners, Harvey Knox & The Soul Spectrum Band, Darcy Malone & the Tangle, Levee Road Revue, The Excelleauxs and OMT. This will be Henry Gray’s 21st appearance at the festival.

In honor of the festival’s 25th anniversary, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation is releasing a special commemorative pin. By purchasing this pin, attendees have an opportunity to invest in the future of the Baton Rouge Blues Festival and the swamp blues legacy. Pins will be available for purchase through the festival for a $10 donation.

In addition to celebrating the 25th anniversary, the festival will also be celebrating the legacy of Leslie ‘Lazy Lester’ Johnson who passed away on August 22, 2018. Lazy Lester was a staple at Blues Fest, sharing the stage with fellow performers and acting as the festival ambassador in recent years. Several performers will cover Lazy Lester’s songs during their sets throughout the weekend, as well as a full tribute to the swamp blues legend from the Chris Leblanc Band. Additionally, the 2019 commemorative poster, designed by Baton Rouge-based photographer Jordan Hefler, will honor Lazy Lester.

Contributed by the Baton Rouge Blues Festival