BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL OFFERS A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
STAFF REPORT, APRIL 8, 2017
The Baton Rouge Blues Festival kicked off the first day of the annual event on Saturday. The festival is celebrating its 35th year, and Frank Vine has been to every one of them. “I’ve been coming to it since the ’80s, when it used to be held in August,” Vine said. “It’s bigger, much larger crowds, and it used to just be one stage. Now, it’s two main ones and couple small ones.”
It’s not only the best blues artists in the state coming together, but also a place where locals can come out and support the art community. In the bustling vendor section, local artist Emily Annabelle Kor says festivals like this open doors for the art community. “This is my third year, it’s been amazing watching the downtown area grow,” Kor said. “A lot of the local artists come down and show their work.”
Waynes Jones, a sketch artist for the past 40 years, agrees. “That’s why people are socializing, eating having fun, crafting, dancing – and that’s nice for this city,” Jones said.