[New Orleans, LA] — Smokin’ hot blues music and smoked, barbecued meats — an unbeatable combination. Throw in an Abita beer, and it’s practically more pleasure than the average person can handle. Thousands did just that, however, at this weekend’s Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. Sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, the annual celebration of the blues is held in Lafayette Park and admission is free.

This year’s event played out October 14th through 16th.  I arrived just in time Saturday afternoon to hear Louisiana blues musician Tab Benoit thoroughly rock the outdoor house. Actually, he more than rocked the house, he burnt it to a cinder, figuratively speaking. (Coincidentally, I interviewed Tab last week at the Voice of the Wetlands festival, click here to read that post)

In addition to a full lineup of blues and soul entertainment on two stages throughout the 3-day festival, barbecue and food vendors offered a smoky taste of N’Awlins, and artists and craftspeople offered their wares. It may have been “too much fun for one person,” but I sure gave it my best shot!


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation: http://www.jazzandheritage.org

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival: http://www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest


About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. jenjenk

    October 18, 2011

    love new orleans…what’s better than music & bbq!!
    jenjenk recently posted..Nashville, TN: Not Just a Country Capital, but a Creative Cocktail Scene

  2. Grace

    October 16, 2011

    It’s good to see you exploring New Orleans Glen. Blues and BBQ is a perfect combination. Lotsa interesting looking characters too.
    Grace recently posted..Seven Ways to Travel Cheaply in Hanoi, Vietnam

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