This Weekend in New Orleans: 2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
On the heels of the Louisiana Seafood Festival, this weekend’s festival is the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (the ones who bring you Jazz Fest), the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will be held at Lafayette Square, October 17-19, 2014. This free event (the best kind) is from 5:30 to 8:30 this Friday; and Saturday & Sunday 11am-8:30pm. Join the fun in the heart of the French Quarter and support local vendors. Local New Orleans artist, John Bukaty, will be there, live, painting the music experience. Side note- he’s a friendly guy who I met when he had his studio/gallery on Nashville. This past summer, he opened a gallery on Carondelet St. If you visit his site (the link above), you can learn more; his “About Me” section is intriguing.
A good plan would be to visit Lafayette Square for a savory brunch followed by watching the Saints play the Lions (at 12pm). Then head back to the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival for dinner and game celebrations…or return to the festival to eat your feelings. Click here to view a list of vendors and their menus. This includes some of the best barbecue in town with food from The Joint and the Smokery (yes, I am bias toward Carolina barbecue, both Eastern Carolina or Western Carolina style). Or visit here to find the music lineup, featuring musicians such as Bobby Rush, Valerie June, and Ana Popovic. Ana Popovic (below) will be performing Friday night at 7pm.