11th Annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival To Feature Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, ‘Best BBQ’ In LA

NEW ORLEANS – The 11th Annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, will feature performers Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Tucka, The Suffers, Nikki Hill and Cedric Burnside, and a huge smorgasbord of the “best barbecue in Louisiana,” from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 16, 2016, in New Orleans' Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave.

         The free festival will also offer a large market of hand-made art and crafts and will be broadcast live over the air and online by radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM.

         No outside food, beverages and pets are allowed.

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         “I’ve been to many blues festivals in the U.S. and Europe, and I can honestly say that the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a charming piece of musical heaven,” Art Tipaldi, Editor of Blues Revue Magazine, said. “If you are planning a trip to New Orleans and want to experience the city and its wonderful music without enormous crowds, put this October, free festival on your musical bucket list.”


         The 2016 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival schedule includes:

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5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.     The Suffers

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7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.     Tab Benoit




12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.    Colin Lake

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.     Nikki Hill

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.     Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.     Taj Mahal



11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.     Jontavious Willis

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.     Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.     Alvin Youngblood Hart & Muscle Theory




12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.    Smoky Greenwell

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.     Little Freddie King

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.     Tyree Neal

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.     Tucka



11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Lil Poochie & Hezekiah Early

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.     Benny Turner

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.     Johnny Sansone

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.     Cedric Burnside Project


         Food vendors will offer a huge spread of barbecue dishes representing several regional styles with a fresh emphasis on Louisiana, since New Orleans has seen a surge in barbecue restaurants.

         There will also be some options for vegetarians, vegans and those who eat gluten-free.

         2016 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival food vendors include:


Blue Oak BBQ

Smoked Chicken Wings, $5 for 4 wings

6-Hour St. Louis Spare Ribs (pork), $5 for 2 ribs


Bratz Y’all

Drunk Pig, $9

Slow roasted pork marinated in dark beer with mustard, sauerkraut and caramelized onions in a fresh Leidenheimer bun.

Nuernberger Brat , $8

The oldest known sausage recipe, dating back to the 14th century; grilled pork in a fresh pretzel bun with mustard, sauerkraut and caramelized onions.

Bavarian Brat, $8

Pork and veal sausage topped with mustard, sauerkraut and caramelized onions, in a fresh Leidenheimer bun.

Black Forest Beer Brat, $7

Smoked beef sausage with mustard and sweet & sour caraway slaw in a fresh Leidenheimer bun. German Potato Salad (vegetarian), $3

Salted Bavarian Pretzels, $4 or $7

With Obatzda Dip (cream cheese, horseradish herbs and fresh radish).


Dirty Dishes

Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese w/ Crawfish & Turkey Tasso $8 Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese w/ BBQ Sauce $8


J’s Seafood Dock

BBQ Shrimp Po Boy, $7

On French Bread

1⁄2 Dozen Chargrilled Oysters, $10

Topped with garlic and Parmesan cheese

Jalapeno & Cheese Grits, $7

Topped with shrimp


The Joint

Smoked Pork Sandwich, $6

Smoked Brisket Sandwich, $7

Smoked Chaurice Sausage Sandwich, $6 Cole Slaw, $3

Baked Beans, $3


LaDelyo’s Creole Catering

BBQ Backbones with two sides, $5 BBQ Chicken with two sides, $5 Baked Beans, $5

Coleslaw, $5

Potato Salad, $5

Peach Cobbler, $5

Two Meats & Two Sides Combo, $15


Peck’s Seafood Restaurant

BBQ Pulled Pork Jambalaya, $7 Voodoo Alligator Kickers, $8 BBQ Pulled Pork Taco, 2 for $8 Creole Mustard Cole Slaw, $3 Combo, $10

Any Item with side of coleslaw

Pulled Pork Sandwich, $7

Smoked pork, ginger sesame slaw, onions, pickles, BBQ sauce

Kung Pao Pork Sandwich, $7

Chinese 5 spiced pork, kung pao sauce, Asian pickles, siracha mayo


Roasted Garlic Mac & Cheese, $4 Chili-Glazed Brussels Sprouts, $4

Two side dishes, $7

Two meat dishes, $9

Combo of both meats and both sides, $15



Brisket QUEsadilla, $8

Brisket Slider, $5

On a brioche bun with crumbled bleu cheese Smothered Pork Stuffed Po Boy, $6

Smoked Boudin Link, $3

Deviled Egg Potato Salad, $4 (or $3 with entree item)


Smoke Street Catering

Brisket Sandwich with Coleslaw, $9

Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Coleslaw, $7 Smoked Bacon Collard Greens, $5


Q Smokery & Cafe

Pulled Pork Slider, $4.25 each Pulled Chicken Slider, $4.25 each BBQ Mac & Cheese, $7

3 Slider Combo with cole slaw, $11


Vaucresson Sausage Company

Creole Hot Sausage Po Boy, $7

Creole Crawfish Sausage Po Boy, $7 Creole BBQ Chicken Sausage Po Boy, $7


Walker’s BBQ

Cochon De lait Po Boy, $8

Dressed with coleslaw

Cochon Nachos, $8

Fresh corn chips topped with cochon and sharp white cheddar cheese. Garnished with diced Roma tomatoes, sliced green onions and cilantro.

Cochon Salad, $8

Coleslaw, $4


Bittersweet Confections

Cupside Down Cakes, $5

Mississippi Mud Cheesecake, $5

Salted Caramel Marshmallow Brownie, $5 Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding, $5 Chocolate Chip Cookie, $2


La Divina Gelateria

Italian Ice Cream & Sorbet, $5 cup or cone


Loretta’s Pralines & Pies

Pies: Sweet Potato or Pecan, $5

Praline Cupcakes, $5

Praline Shoe Soles, $5

Pralines (Original, Chocolate, Coconut Rum), $3 Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, $6

Cookies: Sweet Potato or Praline, $3



• The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is completely free and open to the public, part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, but there will be donation boxes at all of the entrances to the park. Donations help to offset significant costs in producing the event, organizers said.

• Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival VIP Experience Passes, providing access to special viewing and seating areas at both stages, a complimentary bar and a deluxe indoor hospitality suite with a balcony view of Lafayette Square, air conditioning, catering and real bathrooms, are currently sold out. The VIP Experience passes cost $250 each (plus a service charge of $13.49), and are good for the entire weekend.

• The Festival’s Art’s Market will feature 24 local and regional makers of hand-crafted artworks and home furnishings.

         See a list of arts market vendors here

• Due to construction in Gallier Hall, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival no longer has access to the NORD Theater on the ground floor of that building across St. Charles Avenue from Lafayette Square. Accordingly, there won’t be an oral history interview stage this year.

• Bluesman Tab Benoit is the subject of the 3rd annual official Blues & BBQ Festival poster. As with the previous posters, it was created by New Orleans artist John Bukaty. The poster will be on sale in two versions: signed by both Bukaty and Benoit, numbered and embossed, for $125; and numbered and signed by Bukaty for $50.

         Order the 2015 poster, featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and the 2014 poster, Little Freddie King, here

• The Louisiana Music Factory will host the Festival’s merchandise operation. Most of the Festival’s performers will visit the tent to sign autographs immediately after their performances. An official Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival T-shirt will be available for sale as well.

         This year’s T-shirt design contest winner is Richi Barba from Serbia. The only place to purchase the T-shirt is at the festival.

• The City of New Orleans has a new prohibition on smoking, which doesn't cover outdoor spaces in most of the city, but it does cover Lafayette Square. There will be no smoking of cigarettes, cigars or pipes, or vaping allowed.

• Lafayette Square is located along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and the Magazine Street bus route. In collaboration with Bike Easy, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting bicycle ridership, there will be free valet bicycle parking. Automobile parking is available at several surface and indoor parking lots within a few blocks of the festival. The Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street) will offer all-day parking on Saturday and Sunday for a flat fee of $10 per day. Enter the parking garage from Camp Street.

• Community radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM will broadcast most of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival live from Lafayette Square over the air and in streaming audio here

• Due to the heavy use of camp chairs by many fans in close proximity to the stages, there will be a “no chairs” perimeter of 75 feet from both stages.

• There will be reserved areas at both stages for guests who use wheelchairs, and there will be ADA compliant toilets in all three locations for Port-O-Lets (at the corners of Camp and North Maestri streets, Camp Street and South Maestri streets, and St. Charles at South Maestri).

• No audio or video recording of any performances at the festival will be allowed.


         The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a presentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events.


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