Baton Rouge Blues Festival forced indoors for first time, but patrons still enjoy the show _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Kenny Acosta & the Home Reckers perform during the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015, at the Baton Rouge River Center. The festival was moved indoors due to inclement weather which brought rain into the metro are Saturday afternoon. The 2016 festival will expand to two days.

For the first time since 1994, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival will be a two-day event. The 2016 festival is scheduled for April 9 and April 10. The talent lineup will be announced early next year.

“One of our main goals for the Baton Rouge Blues Festival has been to add significant layers of festival programming each year, from the artists performing to the vendors participating,” said Baton Rouge Blues Foundation board member Chris Brooks. “With this goal in mind, it was a natural decision to expand the festival to two days.”

Baton Rouge Blues Foundation president Clarke Gernon added: “This expansion is the culmination of many years of hard work by our all-volunteer committee led by board member Chris Brooks.

“An extra day of programming will provide more opportunities for Baton Rouge and the world to engage with the great blues artists in our midst as well as see some fine national and international touring performers. With our festival now being a full weekend activity, we at the foundation have more opportunity than ever to tell the story of Baton Rouge blues and encourage its growth in the future.”

Those interested in participating in the festival as a partner, vendor or performer may contact the event through email address info@batonrougebluesfestival.org.