Beloved Delta blues guitarist Tab Benoit will join Cowboy Mouth, Raw Oyster Cult and high-energy bayou pop princess Amanda Shaw at the 14th Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, taking place on the banks of Bayou St. John May 17, 18 and 19. The annual, three-day neighborhood festival features music on four stages and raises funds to support a clean and healthy Bayou St. John.
Benoit will perform twice at the 2019 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, once with his band and again with his highly popular Police cover band, The Fuzz. Raw Oyster Cult, a fan favorite, includes Dave Malone, Frank Bua, Rand Camille Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan of the long-jamming New Orleans’ Radiators.
The complete 2019 Bayou Boogaloo music lineup includes: Tab Benoit presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, Cowboy Mouth, Raw Oyster Cult, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, GRAMMY winner Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Little Freddie King, Erica Falls, Angelo Moore and the Brand New Step, Morning 40 Federation, Cole Williams Band, J & The Causeways, Debauche, Shinyribs, Suspects Tribal Gold, South Jones, New Orleans Classic Big Band featuring special guests, The Tumbling Wheels, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound, Roadside Glorious, Jamaican Me Breakfast Club, Patrick Sweany, Omari Neville & Fuel, St. Lorelei, Miss Mojo, Sabotage, and Valerie Sassyfras.
While the Beastie Boys are not performing at the 2019 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, the 80’s hip hop group will be the recipient of a multi-media tribute set by a Sabotage, a local Beastie Boys cover band. Sabotage is Jermaine Quiz (Jealous Monk), KC O'Rorke (Flow Tribe), M@ Peoples (M@ Peoples Collective), Bryan Santos (Flow Tribe), Michael Fouquier (Gravity A), Andrew Meehan (Gravity A), and James Martin (Trombone Shorty's Orleans Ave).
From the Austin, Texas eclectic live-music scene comes the booty-shaking, futuristic electro-indie-funk-soul band, Angelo Moore & the Brand New Step who will be joined by members of Galactic. Also hailing from Austin is Kevin Russel and his band, Shinyribs, who plan on bringing a soul-singing, down-home house party.
Also of note is the appearance of Erica Falls, the queen of New Orleans Neo-Soul. Suspects’ Tribal Gold is the New Orleans Suspects with Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Comanches Mardi Gras Indians.
The 2018 Bayou Boogaloo was shaken by a violent Friday thunderstorm that shut down the festival on opening day. After the microburst of wind and rain twisted tents and stages, Bayou Boogaloo miraculously bounced back for the remaining two days thanks to the staff, vendors, and volunteers who worked throughout the night.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is once again presented by Positive Vibrations Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create and encourage community through the development and preservation of arts, music, culture, and heritage.
Other returning sponsors include Urban South Brewery, Port Orleans, Jose Cuervo, Ruby Slipper Café, National Endowment for the Arts, Hancock Whitney Bank, Mid City Pizza, New Orleans Magazine, Cumulus Media and Edwards Communities. New sponsors in 2019 include: Keesler Federal Credit Union, Entergy, Louisiana Lottery, Big Easy Bucha, sHarper Shots Productions and Tchoup Industries
In addition to music on four stages, Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo boasts a curated arts market, a Ruby Slipper Café Kid’s Stage and games area, a VIP Canopy Club and food from 30 local restaurants. The festival is also known for it’ paddling, biking and yoga activities.