One of the fastest-growing community festivals to enter the New Orleans music scene since Hurricane Katrina, Bayou Boogaloo takes an already fantastic fest to the next level this year. This weekend, May 17 – 19, will mark the 8th annual Bayou Boogaloo festival on Bayou St. John. Not only does the Boogaloo have a pretty fresh VIP experience set up at this year’s celebration on Bayou St. John in Mid-City, but OffBeat has a chance for you to win a pair of passes for this ultimate new way to partake in the Boogaloo right here, right now!
Local non-profit community organization and founding group of the Mid-City fest, the MotherShip Foundation, has partnered with the music-centric non-profit Positive Vibrations Foundation to bring us the 2013 Bayou Boogaloo, with three stages of local music and several blocks of New Orleans food and art to enjoy. What is unique about the Boogaloo is its location along the banks of the historic Bayou St. John where kayakers and small boaters can easily row right up to the festival, dock and dive right into the festivities where one can relax, enjoy a cool beverage and listen to the music right from your boat+. An interactive children’s area is expanded again and heck, you can even bring your pooch and let ’em cool off in the Doggy VIP. Proceeds raised from Bayou Boogaloo are used to plant large trees along Bayou St. John and around the surrounding neighborhoods that were lost in Hurricane Katrina or due to other reasons.
This year’s line-up features music for a broad variety of musical tastes, including a few rising bands that the OffBeat staff recommends, such as The Honorable South, The Local Skank, Debauche and more. This year’s performance line-up also includescomedy, storytelling and improv from John Calhoun and The Goodnight Show, as well as family yoga, dance, drum circles, acrobats and burlesque. Intermixed with live music featuring everything from zydeco to bounce and everything in-between, the Boogaloo is a bonafide New Orleans experience.
LIVE MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS
FRIDAY, MAY 17
Tasha B & DJ Jubilee with Partners N Crime & Big Easy Bounce
Corey Henry & Treme Funktet
Rebirth Brass Band
Alvin Youngblood Hart
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Cha’s
The Honorable South
Iris May Tango
The Goodnight Show with John Calhoun
SUNDAY, MAY 19
The Pine Leaf Boys
Brandon Miller & Louisiana Inferno
New Orleans Nightingales
The Local Skank
Ironing Board Sam
Big Chief Victor Harris with Spirit FiYiYi and The Mandingo Warriors
Alex & the Samurai
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Hot 8 Brass Band
Fleur de Tease
As if the music, food, art and location are not already enough reasons to head down to the bayou this weekend, Bayou Boogaloo has partnered with the local neighborhood associations there in Mid-City to make the festival a sustainable and clean one – they utilize “zero waste” practices in producing the event through supply conservation, recycling and waste management, as well as facilitate safe, convenient ways to bike, walk or even kayak to the festival rather than drive to support alternative transit.
THE BAYOU BOOGALOO VIP EXPERIENCE:
*  NOLA Rum specialty cocktails or Abita beers per day, each day of the festival
* Convenient, shady seating areas close to the Orleans and Dumaine Stages
* Free massages by Blue Cliff College therapists in the wellness tent
* Free official 2013 Bayou Boogaloo festival poster by Christy Boutte
*  Free parking pass
Value: $100 for 3-day pass
Other daily VIP packages also available from $30 – $50.
*Proceeds from VIP ticket sales keep the festival free and open to the public.
8th Annual Bayou Boogaloo Festival
Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19
Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Location: Bayou St. John btwn. Orleans & Dumaine Streets (map)
FREE and open to the public.
More Info: www.thebayouboogaloo.com
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