The organization announced this morning that the free downtown arts and music festival will feature performances from Grandmaster Flash and Sheila E.
With the Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash released hip-hop singles such as "The Birthday Party," "Freedom," and "The Message." Released in 1982, "The Message" is cited as one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time. The single peaked at No. 4 on the R&B singles chart and No. 62 on the pop singles chart, establishing the genre's credibility in the mainstream.
Sheila E., aka "The Queen of Percussion," has collaborated with artists such as Prince, Cyndi Lauper, and Beyoncé. She is known for hits such as "The Glamorous Life," "Hold Me," and "A Love Bizarre," which she wrote and performed with Prince.
This year's Ebb & Flow Festival runs April 7-8. An international river festival with music, dance, and visual and culinary arts, the event also will feature performances by Casa Samba, Calliope Puppets, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble and The Hot Club of Baton Rouge.
The festival is set along the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge, starting at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum and continuing towards the exterior main stage by the USS Kidd. An international stage and arts fair also will be held inside the Belle of Baton Rouge.
This year's theme is "Baton Rouge to Brazil: Where the Mississippi meets the Amazon."
Ebb & Flow started in 2017, replacing and re-imagining the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's FestforAll.
For more information, visit ebbandflowbr.org.