The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo was launched after Hurricane Katrina. Like many others neighborhoods facing an uncertain future, Festival Director Jared Zeller thought the solution was to create a music festival on the banks of Bayou St. John to help revitalize the area.
“The Bayou Boogaloo Festival represents the rebirth of New Orleans neighborhoods. This historic and nostalgic location is very significant in the history of New Orleans and our country. The festival offers the best in Louisiana cuisines, local artisans and diverse music from the region,” said Zeller.
The 11th year of the festival brings a great line-up, with several platinum-selling artists like the Wailers and the Lowrider Band plus Grammy award-winning locals like Irma Thomas and Anders Osborne.
The event is free and open to the public. So make your way down to Mid-City, eat your fill from local restaurants, buy some beautiful New Orleans artwork, and dance your ass off along the shores of Bayou St. John.
What’s To Hear?
Friday, May 20
Truth Universal 5p
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers 6:15p
The Wailers 7:45p
The Quickening 5p
Lynn Drury 6:45p
First NBC Kids Stage
Silent Jam Experience featuring Rebomijo 6p
Saturday, May 21
Ron Hotstream & the Mid-City Drifters 11a
Darcy Malone & the Tangle 1:30p
Gravity A featuring John Paul Carmody 4p
New Orleans Mystics 6:30p
Soul Brass Band 11a
Big Pearl & the Fugitives of Funk 12:35p
Debbie Davis & the Mesmerizers 2:15p
Seth Walker 3:55p
Mason Ruffner 7:15p
Creole String Beans 12:15p
Lost Bayou Ramblers 2:45p
Irma Thomas 5:15p
Lowrider Band 7:45p
First NBC Kids Stage
Christine Todd 11:45a
Percussion workshop with Daria Dzurik 1:30p
Uptown Arts Ensemble 2:15p
Drum Circle with Boyanna Travanova 4p
Annie Gaia and Naughty Pie 4:30p
Divine Dance Depot 6:30p
The Trombone Shorty Academy 7:10p
Sunday, May 22
Swan River Yoga with Michelle Baker and Bahkti Caravan 11a
Motel Radio 3:30p
CC Adcock & the Lafayette Marquis 5:50p
Red Hot Brass Band 11a
The Grayhawk Band Rampart Revival 12:45p
Robin Barnes “New Orleans’ S
Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers 4:15p
The Robert Pate Project 12p
Billy Iuso & Restless Natives 2:20p
George Porter Jr. and Running Partners 4:40p
Buckwheat Zydeco Anders Osborne 7p
First NBC Kids Stage
Singing Beats 1:50p
Confetti Park Players 3:30p
Singing Beats 4:10p
Song and storytelling with GrayHawk Perkins 5:50p
What’s To Eat
4 Of Us Catering
Alligator wrap & crab sauce, fries $9; crawfish wrap & crab sauce, fries $9; fried fish po-boy, fries $10; shrimp po-boy, fries $10.
Ajun Cajun Ninja
Yakiniku po-boy (garlic ribeye beef) $8; shrimp yakisoba (fried noodles) $6; crab stick and cucumber salad $5; seaweed and cucumber salad $5.
Crawfish beignets with “son-in-law” sauce $6; crawfish mac ‘n’ cheese topped with crushed Zapps potato chips $6; smoked chicken and sausage jambalaya $6; 3-way sampler $10.
Bayou Brew Wellness Beverages
Living Water (cucumber, lime, mint, aloe, kale and spirulina) $6; Crescent Breeze Green Tea (pineapple, grapefruit and goji berry) $6; Bayou Palmer with Three Olives Vodka $10; Irish Coffee $10.
Beaucoup Juice Spirited Snowballs
Mango passion fruit $6 ($9 with rum); strawberry lemonade $6 ($9 with vodka); pineapple mint $6 ($9 with tequila); extra shot $3.
Big Wil & The Warden, LLC
Funnel cake $7; alligator sausage po-boy or pita, fries $10; Philly cheese steak po-boy or pita, fries $10; bacon-wrapped shrimp po-boy or pita, fries $11.
Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon
Blackened catfish po-boy $8; cajun nachos topped with crawfish and mushroom sauce $8.
Boswell’s Jamaican Grill
Beef or veggie patty $4; festival (Jamaican hushpuppies) with callaloo & plantains (vegetarian) $7; jerk chicken or jerk pork with callalloo & plantains $9; combo: jerk chicken & pork with callaloo & plantains $12.
Cracklins $5; watermelon gazpacho $6; lemongrass pulled pork po-boy with sambal aioli and pickled green tomatoes $6; 12-hour roast beef po-boy with horseradish cream and pickled red onions $6.
Beef or pork & veal bratwurst topped with homemade sauerkraut & caramelized onions $8; slow-roasted pork topped with homemade sauerkraut & caramelized onions $9; bacon-wrapped pork sausage stuffed with white cheddar, topped with chili-apricot sauce $9; fried breaded pork loin, topped with crawfish remoulade slaw $9.
Vinegar-braised beef short ribs served with stone-ground grits and fried onions $8; pressed house-made boudin and pimento cheese panini $6; grilled cheese sandwich with nutella and amarena cherries $5.
Canal Street Bistro
Coconut curry chicken wings $8; Cuban sandwich pressed on French bread $8; homemade chicken boudin balls with pepper jelly $5.
Clesi’s Restaurant and Catering
Hot boiled crawfish with corn, potato, boiled sausage links $8.
Cool Brew Coffee
Hot coffee $3; black coffee $4; iced cafe au lait $4; frozen cafe au lait $5.
Cool Fruit Sensations
Lemonade with fresh strawberry, blueberry, watermelon or pineapple $6/$9.
Crêpes à la Cart
Tomato, basil & mozzarella crepe (vegetarian), add bacon $1, $8; bacon & cheese crepe $8; black & gold crepe: bananas & nutella (vegetarian) $7; bacon and nutella crepe $7.
Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria
Taco with either grilled chicken, al pastor or grilled vegetables $3; quesadilla with either grilled chicken, al pastor or grilled vegetables $8; super nachos with either grilled chicken, al pastor or grilled vegetables $12.
Drunken pig cone: apple/hickory-smoked pig braised in Pabst Blue Ribbon with habanero-serrano slaw and Maker’s Mark barbecue sauce served in a waffle cone $8; seared ahi tuna over Asian vegetable salad with sweet-hot Thai sauce (served cold) $9; apple/hickory slow-smoked St. Louis-style ribs with Maker’s Mark barbecue sauce, glazed and finished on the grill $10; crab and crawfish mac ‘n’ cheese topped with herbed panko crumbs $10.
Loretta’s Authentic Pralines
Pralines: original, chocolate, rum or coconut $3; praline shoesoles $5; pies: sweet potato or pecan $5; praline beignet $5; crabmeat beignet $8.
Fresh-squeezed lemonade & limeade $4/$7.
Meltdown Mobile Cart
Ice pops in four flavors: lemon ginger $3; strawberry basil $3; coconut $3; salted caramel $3.
Pizza slices: cheese $3; vegan $4, pepperoni $4. Red beans and rice $5.
Falafel pita sandwich (vegetarian) $7; gyro sandwich $7; chicken shawarma sandwich $7; combo platter: choice of falafel, gyro or chicken with hummus, Greek salad and pita $10.
Nola Snow Snoballs
Snoballs $3; cream/mixed snoballs $4; sugar-free snoballs $4; condensed milk $1.
The Praline Connection
Fried chicken wings with either greens, beignets or crowder peas & okra $8; greens, crowder peas & okra (vegetarian) $8.
Quintin’s Ice Cream
Cups or cones with ice cream or sorbet $6.
Ralph’s on the Park
Smoked duck boudin $6; yakamein $7; fried smoked oysters $8.
Grilled alligator sausage $5; crabcake salad with remoulade dressing $6; fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade po-boy $7; crawfish & spinach boat $8.
Woody’s Fish Tacos
Vegan gluten-free taco: corn tortilla, spicy dill remoulade, slaw with hearty black beans $3; blackened fish taco topped with seasoned slaw and spicy dill remoulade $4; sauteéd shrimp quesadilla with cheddar-jack cheese and spicy dill remoulade $6; cajun burrito layered with slaw, black beans, rice, cheddar-jack cheese and alligator sausage topped with spicy dill remoulade $8.
What’s to Buy?
Apparel and Accessories: 2-DYE-4; Angel Bands; Bonga-Chop Designs; The Haute Feather; Kabuki Design Studio; MsCrochetjig’s Creative; Tchoup Industries; Vintage Virageaux
Arts & Crafts: Bare Bones Studio; Cavalier Expressions; Ceaux Artwork; Copperhead Studios; Crawfish Clay and Art LLC; Debris Art; Decorating Impressions; Designs by Masue; Fais Jo-Jo; Feral Femme Art; Gamache Designs; Home Malone; Margie and the Moon; Miki Glasser Art; Mitch Landry Art; Nola Boards; Party Pirogues; Preservation Tile Co. LLC; Salstubro LLC; Shaun Aleman; Sidney’s Creations; Snardvark; Stone Creations; Swamp Dog & Friends; Uniquitys; WalkingMan Studios
Food: Michael’s Pickles
Furniture: Bergeron Woodworks; Living Furniture Glass: Carnival Sculpture; Ginger Kelly Glass Studio; Lizano’s Glass Haus, Inc.
Health and Beauty: Bayou Soap Company; Coconola Skincare; Natural Hair Community; Shae Shea LLC
Jewelry: Adorn & Conquer; Alluvial Atelier; Baobab Tree Designs; Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry; Betsy Meyers Jewelry; Blue Moon Malas; Cathy’s Creations; De’Vard DeSigns; Gift Horst; Heather Elizabeth Designs; Niki Fisk Jewelry; Queens Metal; Rachael Adamiak Jewelry; ReStrung Jewelry; Still Waters Jewelry; Valois Designs
Jewelry and Accessories: Bayou Leather; Halfshell Productions; L.E.it Design; Mistura Timepieces; Red Diva Designs/SummerBee Woodworks Photography: GoZePa; Joshua Lee Studio