Blues Festival returns to downtown BR _lowres

Photo by BRIAN BAIAMONTE -- The crowd gathered in North Boulevard Town Square listens to music at last year's Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

The forecast of rain this weekend is sending the Baton Rouge Blues Festival indoors on Saturday.

All festival programming will relocate to the Baton Rouge River Center Exhibition Hall, Galleria and Ballroom areas, according to a news release.

“It’s unfortunate we have to take the festival indoors,” says festival chairman Chris Brooks, “but we’re ultimately under the control of the weather gods. The Blues Festival’s number one priority is the safety of everyone involved. We’d especially like to thank Mayor Kip Holden for contributing additional resources to relocate the event on such short notice.

“We’re excited to be working with the River Center, and assure that all of the festival programming scheduled will take place on Saturday.”

Michael Day, general manager of the Baton Rouge River Center, says of the relocation: “The blues is a great American tradition, and the on behalf of the River Center and our staff we are thrilled to host this great Baton Rouge tradition.”

The Foundation Stage and Swamp Blues Stage will be located in the River Center Exhibition Hall. Due to the proximity of these two stages, performances will be tiered throughout the day. The revised schedule can be found online at

The Soul of BR Stage will be in the Ballroom located near the St. Louis Street entry. The Back Porch — the newest of the festival’s four stages — will be located off the Galleria area. Performance times for the Soul of BR Stage and The Back Porch will continue as previously scheduled.

Festival attendees can enter the River Center at two entrances: the Exhibition Hall entrance on River Road and the second floor Plaza entrance on St. Louis Street.