7th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival features live music, a Vendor’s Village and Food Court. VIP packages, with preferred seating in the VIP area, are $50.00 per person. They include 2 meal tickets for the ‘Taste of Louisiana’ VIP tent, 2 non-alcoholic drink tickets, 4 music downloads and/or CD singles and additional giveaways.
This year’s lineup features blues, soul, R&B, reggae, Latin and gypsy jazz, pop/rock, spoken word and comedy. Confirmed to date are Henry Turner, Jr. & Flavor, SmokeHouse Porter and Miss Mamie, The Listening Room All-Stars that include ‘Nspire, Wyanda Paul, Lee Tyme, Xavie Shorts, Larry “LZ” Dillon and comedian Eddie “Cool” Deemer. Additional performers are Clarence “PieMan” Williams and Pastor Leon Hitchens. Touring acts include KK & the Reverend Blues Revival from Arkansas, King Baby from Houston, Young In A Million from Nashville, Jessi Campo from Miami, DocRoc from Georgia, with Geovane Santos and the Urban Gypsies headed in from New Orleans. Also expected is Emanuel Casablanca from New York, along with surprise guests. DJ’s is Teddy “Lloyd” Johnson of Teddy’s Juke Joint.