The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will host its annual Blues Gala in honor of the 100th anniversary of Muddy Waters' birth. Muddy Waters has influenced many of the great Blues musicians here in Baton Rouge, including Henry Gray, Kenny Neal, and Buddy Guy.
Highlights of the event will include:
•Red Carpet entrance of local blues stars and celebrities
•Juke Box Reception in true blues club 1950’s style.
•Louisiana “Taste of the Blues” Gourmet Buffet
•A tour of the Capitol Park Museum’s “Louisiana Dance Hall” Exhibit
•Honoree’s Ceremony with video presentation of Muddy and his Baton Rouge connections featuring interviews with Henry Gray, Buddy Guy and Kenny Neal
•Swamp Blues Jam on Capitol Park Museum plaza hosted by Kenny Neal and featuring Henry Gray and other well-known local blues musicians
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Baton Rouge Blues Foundation
Founded in 2002, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to promote, preserve and celebrate the Baton Rouge blues culture and bring the best of Louisiana swamp blues music to the world. Today the Foundation sponsors a Blues Education program, a Blues Music History Project, an annual Blue Carpet Blues Gala, and the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Our Blues Education program promotes the history of Louisiana swamp blues and teaches local youth how swamp blues is shaped by and contributes to Louisiana culture. The Blues Music History Project documents local performances, interviews with local blues musicians and narratives about the roots of swamp blues and its impact on other musical forms. Each year, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation hosts a star-studded gala evening, celebrating the blues and honoring local blues artists. The Blue Carpet Blues Gala is the Foundation's major fundraising event featuring a silent auction of blues memorabilia, live blues performances and great dining and dancing. Funds raised allow the Foundation to continue in its mission to promote, preserve and celebrate Baton Rouge's blues heritage.