NOLA Crawfish King and Live for Live Music are thrilled to present the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival, bringing together some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, food, and craft beer at a brand new home of Central City BBQ. Taking place in the days between Jazz Fest weekends, May 1-3, NOLA Crawfish Festival promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom. Featuring some of the most prominent artists to emerge from the Crescent City along with national favorites, this year’s talent includes George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, and many more in various unique supergroup formations.
The festival will bring together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection – the absolute best crawfish, live music, and beer the city has to offer. The full roster of artists includes George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Eric Krasno, John “Papa” Gros, Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Ivan Neville, Nigel Hall, June Yamagishi, Corey Henry, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins, Raymond Weber, Cris Jacobs, Raw Oyster Cult, Terence Higgins, Khris Royal, Boukou Groove, Eric Lindell, Simon Lott, Joe Ashlar and Organ Freeman. Anticipate various super jams, exciting collaborations and surprise sit-ins, all in true New Orleans fashion.
The festival will run from 3 PM to 10 PM each day. Attendees can enjoy over 5,000 pounds of hot boiled crawfish prepared on-site by Chris “Shaggy” Davis and his NOLA Crawfish King staff, ice-cold beer, and critically acclaimed barbecue from Central City BBQ. The three-day event will conclude with the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off, where twenty teams will compete for the best crawfish boil determined by a panel of NOLA celebrity judges.
General admission includes one beer and a guaranteed minimum of two pounds of crawfish, complete with all the fixings. BBQ dishes will also be available for purchase. Single day passes will be available, but a three-day pass is the best way to enjoy the full hometown experience. A limited amount of Super VIP passes will also be available, allowing full 360° access to a festival experience that you will never forget.
A portion of all ticket proceeds will go to The CAN’d Aid Foundation‘s “Send Me A Friend“ program, which was launched in partnership with Anders Osborne to provide newly-sober musicians and music industry professionals a support network to enable them to get back to work.
More information and tickets are available at nolacrawfishfest.com. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. This event is rain or shine.
Khris Royal & Dark Matter + special guests
Good Enough For Good Times (Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Simon Lott & Joe Ashlar)
Neville Jacobs (Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs, Tony Hall, Brady Blade)
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory With Luther Dickinson
MVP (Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins & Raymond Weber)
NCF Funk Squad (Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., John Medeski & Terence Higgins)
Raw Oyster Cult
Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet
Crawfish Fest All Stars (George Porter Jr., John “Papa” Gros, June Yamagishi, Terence Higgins) + special guests