POSTED Thu. Sep 22, 2016


Get Bogalusa Bound
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

About 90 minutes north of New Orleans, Bogalusa, LA is a mill town on the Mississippi that churns along in quiet obscurity for most the year. We don’t mean any offense to the good citizens of Bogalusa; just pointing out your town isn’t on many folks’ radar for much of the year.

But not all of the year. This weekend, Sep 23-24, Bogalusa is the torch bearer for American roots music, regional Southern sound, and specifically, the blues. It becomes all of these things thanks to the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival, which celebrates a genre of music born amidst the muddy riverbanks and pancake flat cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, brought forth via an African American-rooted heritage of call and response and spirituals.

When the blues traveled down river and flirted with New Orleans jazz, the resulting sounds became the ancestor 20th of century pop music. If you’re in the area, it makes sense to head to Washington parish and experience a side of the Louisiana music coin one doesn’t hear too often in New Orleans, where jazz and brass tend to dominate.

The festival spans two stages in Bogalusa’s Cassidy Park. Local legend Tab Benoit will take the stage at 8:15pm on Fri (Sep 23), preceded by Samantha Fish and Voo Davis. Saturday (Sep 24) will be an all day blues and blues rock extravaganza, headlined by Marc Broussard, who hits the Blues Stage at 9pm.

You also shouldn’t miss Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band playing the Heritage Stage at 6pm. Let’s be fair – you shouldn’t miss any of the acts, which include Waylon Thibodeaux (3:15pm, Sep 24, Heritage Stage), Danielle Nicole (7:30pm, Sep 24, Blues Stage) and the Cedric Burnside Project (4:15pm, Sep 24, Blues Stage), among many others.

There will be food and plenty of drink, but it’s worth noting that the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival is a family oriented festival; you’re encouraged to bring the kids. The event is only five years old, but it’s already reshaped the deep Louisiana musical calendar. This weekend, drive a little ways north and see why for yourself.

Image by Paul Wolf, courtesy of the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival, via Facebook

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