The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is thrilled to announce a 2014 lineup that will grace the Main Stage in beautiful Cassidy Park not only all day Saturday, Sept. 27, but will also have audiences howling at the moon and dancing under the stars the prior Friday night.
In its third year, BBHF has assembled a slate of splendid soulful performers that will give voice to a wide, and deep, range of blues styles. From 5 p.m. Friday to about 10 p.m. Saturday, we will shine our spotlight on nine acts, most of them multiple major award winners, who range from noted grand masters to youthful musicians with Blues in their blood.
J.J. Grey & Mofro
The BBHF III headliner, J.J. Grey & Mofro, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday and close the fest in a powerful, passionate fury of down-home Southern funk. Known for a grimy blend of front porch soul, roots-deep story telling and laying-it-on-the-line shows that move audiences to dance and, sometimes, to tears, this band is at the height of its game and Grey has a past that provides abundant material and countless characters who struggle and triumph through his music. Now he's dropped his fighter's stance to let the songs and stories flow through him, creating themselves and finding outlet via the man who's connected to the singing southern soil in all its gritty glory.
And that band will have to take what's left of the stage after smoking hot Ruthie Foster burns it down with her combustible blend of blues, soul, rock, folk and gospel.
Foster has been compared to Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, but she remains true to her self. She
testifies powerfully with a dripping, soulful voice, through passionate song writing and with bold,
transformational takes on some of music's finest classics.
Before that, an increasingly familiar face and sound, with exceedingly familiar musical blood flowing through
his veins, will brighten and enliven the 4:30 p.m. shift.
Devon Allman, son of Gregg and nephew of Duane, has gained growing acclaim as a singer, songwriter and
guitar master with the blues/rock super group Royal Southern Brotherhood and as a solo artist known for his
powerful voice and experimental blues stylings. Allman will treat the BBHF audience to a healthy serving of
second-generation music royalty.
Another member of the Brotherhood, Mike Zito, will bring his stinging electric slide guitar and blistering,
raspy vocals to Bogalusa in the 2:45 p.m. time slot.
The Brother, who combines Texas blues roots with the signature flavor of New Orleans, got through drug
abuse with the guidance of BBHF II alum Walter Trout.
He knows pain and he knows how to make it feel better, celebrating his redemption through music.
Before that, Johnny Sansone, a New Orleans roots music pioneer and member of the all-star Voice of the
Wetlands group who is known for incendiary harmonica and accordion work, will fill Cassidy Park with his
energetic, larger than life musical presence. And he'll sweeten the experience by bringing along
Mardi Gras Indians Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Honey Banister and Kerry Vessel as his guests.
Big George Brock
The performances Saturday will start at noon with 81-year-old Blues legend Big George Brock, who will root the
scene and set the pace in traditional style with his gritty, wailing harmonica and raw, passionate voice. The
longtime music man who was born in the Mississippi Delta before heading to St. Louis specializes in what he
calls “true blues.”
And this year, by popular demand, the BBHF will expand to include Friday evening when headliner Paul Thorn,
an audience favorite from last year, will bring his engaging saint and sinner mix back to Bogalusa. Thorn is the
son of a Pentecostal minister and nephew of a pimp, a former pro boxer and an acclaimed singer/songwriter
who brings his musical stories to life in a muscular brand of rocking roots Blues. He was a hit last year, and
he earned the task of closing the fest with a flourish on Friday.
By the time Thorn takes the stage at 8 p.m., the crowd should be roused and ready.
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
New Orleans music icon Walter “Wolfman” Washington, who is widely acclaimed for soulful vocals and
searing guitar work that are credited with helping to define the Crescent City's unique musical hybrid, is sure to
have everybody howling at the moon.
Big Daddy O
Big Daddy O, aka Owen Tufts, has been given the important task of starting Friday night and the BBHF
weekend off strong.And the popular roadhouse, festival and recording artist, whose authentic inviting voice,
engaging guitar work and Southeast Louisiana Blues style is a well known attraction, is sure to do just that.