Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest Returns This Weekend

It’s that time of year again – time to swing those hips and stuff those faces at the seventh annual Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 12, Luther Kent and Trick Bag will hit the stage as the first artists for the three-day festival. Set in Lafayette Square at St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street, the event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous work done by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Bluesman Ironing Board Sam plays the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 14. Photo by Elliot Deluca.

With two different stages in the Square, a selection of some of the best southern cooking you’ll find outside of your grandma’s kitchen, and a lineup of some of the most legendary, Grammy-winning, and soulful artists to date, this year’s festival promises a good time. On Saturday, New Orleans’ own Johnny Sansone, Little Freddie King, and J.Monque’D will tear up the Camp Street Stage. Across the park, Ernie Vincent, Keb Mo, and Otis Clay will keep things soulful.

On Sunday, October 14, industry vets Ironing Board Sam, Latimore, and headliner Clarence “Mr. Strokin’” Carter will keep the crowd dancing all day at the St. Charles Avenue Stage — as will OffBeat‘s October cover subject, Spencer Bohren (Camp Street Stage, 1:15 p.m.).

New to the festival this year — a limited number (50) of VIP passes available for purchase. For $250, enjoy exclusive access to the backstage hospitality area and open bar all weekend. The package is only available online. Abita Brewing Company is the official beer and major sponsor of the festival and will have the new Abita Sports Bar located inside to keep sports fans up-to-date on all the important games.

Checkout the lineup below, or click the red button for a downloadable copy.
Friday, October 12
St. Charles Avenue Stage
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Luther Kent & Trick Bag
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm: Chris Thomas King

Saturday, October 13
St. Charles Avenue Stage
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Ernie Vincent
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Li’l Buck Sinegal
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm: The Bo-Keys with
Otis Clay 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm: Keb Mo

Camp Street Stage
11:00 am – 12:00 pm J. Monque’D
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Little Freddie King
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Johnny Sansone
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Sugar Blue

Sunday, October 14
St. Charles Avenue Stage
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Richard Smith
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Ironing Board Sam
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm: Latimore
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm: Clarence Carter

Camp Street Stage
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Amedee Frederick
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Spencer Bohren
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Larry Burton
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Miss Lavelle White

Download the 2012 Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest Schedule