Music & Family Fun at the 2013 Blues in da Parish Festival

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The weather was perfect and the music was even better at the Blues in da Parish Festival which was held October 26, 2013 at Docville Farm in Violet. After a rousing opening performance by Mark Pentone & Smoky Greenwell, festival attendees were treated to free live music from some of Louisiana’s best blues musicians including the Will Wesley Band, the Coco Robicheaux Spiritland Band Tribute, Paula & the Pontiacs, John Lisi & Delta Funk, and the Alabama Slim Blues Revue.

Sunny skies, great music and delicious food came together to make this year’s event a wonderful afternoon of family fun. “We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day, and the Docville Farm venue is the perfect setting for the Blues in da Parish Festival,” said organizer Iray Nabatoff. “We hope everyone had a great time, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”

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In addition to good food and talented musicians, this year’s Blues in da Parish Festival also featured a 50-50 raffle and a Parade of Prizes, along with a coloring contest and a visit from the Audubon Zoo’s Wetlands Express Mobile Van for the kids.

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New Orleans author Elsa Hahne was also on hand to discuss her latest book “The Gravy: In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians”. Later in the day, the Crescent City Harmonica Club’s free Harmonica Workshop was a big hit with parents and kids alike. And the Boogie Booth photo booth helped festival goers capture some great memories of this year’s event.

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The Blues in da Parish Festival would like to thank its Gold Level Sponsors (Entergy Corporation; Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc; SignExpress Outlet; Southern Eagle Distributing; The Arlene & Joseph Meraux Foundation; The St Bernard Parish Post; Valero Energy Foundation; and Winn-Dixie BiLo), Bronze Level Sponsors (New Orleans Harley Davidson and Louisiana Notary & Insurance, Inc) and its many Supporters and Boosters for helping make the 2013 Festival such a success.

And for more photos of the 2013 Festival, please click HERE to visit the Festival’s Photo Album.

2013 Performance Schedule!

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Blues in da Parish Festival CD Now Available!

Blues in da Parish Festival cd

The Blues in da Parish Festival is proud to offer this multimedia CD which includes original songs from each of the bands that performed at the First Annual Blues in da Parish Festival in 2012. The CD features 12 tracks of great original music by Mike Darby and the House of Cards, Little Red & Big Bad, the Dana Abbott Band, 30×90 Blueswomen, Kenny Acosta, and Jonathon Long and Blues Revolution.

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And that’s just the start. The CD also includes 10 bonus videos featuring well-known blues experts like David Evans, Ted Gioia, and Gaye Adegbalola, along with some more original music from the 2012 Blues in da Parish musicians. There’s even a short introduction to the Festival’s hometown of St Bernard Parish, Louisiana, for those of you who might be wondering just what “da Parish” is. The CD is available now for $10 plus shipping, so order your copy today at:

http://bit.ly/BluesindaparishCD

The Blues in da Parish Festival gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Threadheads Cultural Foundation in making the Blues in da Parish Festival CD possible.