My family and I converged in Louisiana to celebrate my birthday at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival. The lineup featured 5 blues stages, including: Swamp, Foundation, Soul of Baton Rouge, Back Porch and Busking outdoors. Due to anticipated thunderstorms, everything was moved indoors, so some of the charm was definitely lost. But where else would we get a day of the blues in so many hues?
Walking over to the convention center we got to see a bit of Baton Rouge, including some majestic dancing oaks.
Chubby Carrier and the Swamp Bayou Band rocked the swamp stage
while Alex Abel and Jordan Farho of The Chambers (17 and 19 years old) played hard and heavy upstairs on the Back Porch
Son Little (Roots and RJD2) played a short but sweet set and made a few new fans, including NPR, who put him on the Songs we Love list
There are far too many acts to review, but I’ve included video snippets from some of my favorite performances and and some classic photos.
Hometown icon, Lazy Lester took us to church
and would have stolen the show except for the amazing grace of (what ever happened to) Arrested Development
Charles Bradley would have fared better playing between Lazy Lester and Arrested Development. Still, The World is Going up In Flames is nothing but the blues.