Jon Cleary and Taj Mahal. Photo by Elsa Hahne.

Photos: Taj Mahal, Cedric Burnside Highlight Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival brought two days and three nights of great music and delicious food to New Orleans’ Lafayette Square over the weekend. Guitar legend Taj Mahal held down a well-deserved spot at the top of the lineup, even inviting local hero Jon Cleary to join him for tunes like “Queen Bee,” “Fishin’ Blues” and “Lovin’ in My Baby’s Eyes” during his Saturday performance (Cleary played his own set earlier in the day). Tab Benoit kicked the festival off with a headlining set on Friday night, while Cedric Burnside Project had top-billing on Sunday. Other stand out performances came from Alvin Youngblood Hart, Johnny Sansone and Walter “Wolfman” Washington.

Johnny Sansone. Photo by Elsa Hahne.

Johnny Sansone. Photo by Elsa Hahne.

All photos by Elsa Hahne.

  • Ed
    • jjazznola

      Trenton Ayers, son of guitarist Earl “Little Joe” Ayers
      (Junior Kimbrough) grew up in North Mississippi, where he is known for
      his deep knowledge of the blues and virtuoso skills on both the guitar
      and the bass.

      He plays in many genres, from blues, soul and Jazz to R&B, funk
      and fusion. Trenton respects the roots yet always keeps it fresh, new
      and exciting. After years of playing with legendary local acts in The
      Hill Country, he joins his childhood friend Cedric on his mission to
      bring the North Mississippi sound to the world.

      • Ed

        Thanks. I didn’t recognize him. I saw him play with Cedric in Charlotte a couple of years. He and Cedric got a great thing going.

  • jjazznola

    Went all three days. Taj with Jon was the best! Loved Nikki Hill too!

  • Debra Clark

    Why do we NEVER get to see or hear of Benny Turner? He’s a hometown giant and never seems to get the attention he so rightly deserves.