New Orleans favorites Big Freedia, Naughty Professor, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Kristin Diable & the City top the music roster for the 2017 National Fried Chicken Festival, coming to Woldenberg Riverfront Park on Sept. 23-24.
The beefed-up festival has added a second music stage this year.
"It allowed us the ability to create more opportunities for New Orleans musicians, while providing a greater diversity in entertainment for our guests," said Cleveland Spears III, the festival’s organizer and President/CEO of the New Orleans marketing and event firm the Spears Group. "We are confident we have curated an entertainment line-up that will appeal to everyone from Millennials to baby boomers and locals as well as our visiting tourists."
Naughty Professor, the hard-touring, horn-heavy funk-jazz band made up mostly of Loyola University graduates, will close the festival’s main stage on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Big Freedia, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Bounce” and star of her own reality TV show, is the Sunday night headliner. Her set will be part of an “Ode to Bounce” featuring Partners-N-Crime, the Big Easy Bounce Band, Cupid and Denisia.
Other scheduled acts include Sean Ardoin & Zydekool, Motel Radio and the Spirit of New Orleans Gospel Choir.
The Fried Chicken Festival debuted in 2016 to much larger than expected crowds in Lafayette Square downtown. To give the festival room to grow, organizers moved the 2017 edition – rebranded as the National Fried Chicken Festival – to Woldenberg Park and expanded it to two days.
Admission is once again free. A variety of vendors will sell variations on fried chicken. The Baton Rouge-based chain Raising Cane’s is the event’s presenting sponsor.
If you were at the debut edition of the Fried Chicken Festival in downtown New Orleans last …