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Main Stage Schedule 10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony 11 a.m. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Tribute 12-12:45 p.m. JD Hill & the Jammers featuring Chance Casteel 1-2 p.m. Homemade Jamz 2:15-3:15 p.m. Jonathon “Boogie” Long 3:30-4:45 p.m. Vasti Jackson 5-6:30 p.m. Paul Thorn 6:45-8:15 p.m. Ana Popovic 8:30-til p.m. Walter Trout

Heritage Stage Schedule 11:30-12:15 p.m. Franklinton High School Jazz Band 12:30-1:15 p.m. Righteous Wolf 1:45-2:30 p.m. Big Fun Brass Band 3-4 p.m. Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces 4:15-5:15 p.m. Eli Seals Band


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Cassidy Park to be filled with the blues Saturday BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival will have a little something to offer for everyone who joins in the fun Saturday at Cassidy Park. Now in its second year, the festival got off to a soggy but memorable start Sept. 29, 2012. Undeterred by the rains that fell throughout the day, thousands flocked to Cassidy Park to hear the sounds of Tab Beniot and other musicians. As the event drew to a close, attendees returned home with a positive impression of the festival and its host city. The Blues Fest also drew notice from other groups, racking up awards and recognitions following its first staging. It was named one of the Top 10 Must Visit Festivals in Louisiana by travel.com, and the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals declared it the best new festival of 2012. A $10,000 grant from the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism has also given festival organizers the opportunity to increase promotions in hopes of drawing new and returning visitors, by providing small taste of what is in store for this year’s event. Executive Chair Malinda White said a

successful festival doesn’t just happen on its own. It takes a great deal of work on the part of a dedicated team, she said. “We have a great group of volunteers working tirelessly year round to make this happen,” she said. Blues was initially selected as the festival genre because it’s something that’s not mainstream or that can be heard just anywhere, White said. Serious blues fans will travel far and wide for a festival if it offers artists what they want to see, and she said this year’s lineup covers a wide range of flavors within the blues genre. The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m., with local high school bands circling the park by parading around Ben Miller Drive. White said they will wind up in front of the main stage. After their performances and an opening ceremony, the musical acts and festival attractions will get under way. Headliners Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Paul Thorn, Vasti Jackson, Homemade Jamz, “Boogie” Jonathon Long and J.D. Hill and the Jammers, featuring Chance Casteel, will be seen on the main stage. Heritage Stage performers will include the Franklinton High School Jazz Band, Righteous Wolf, the Big Fun Brass Band, Tyler

Kinchen and the Right Pieces and the Eli Seals band. The number of activities in the Kids Zone has been increased this year, with miniature train rides, jumpers and harmonica giveaways, demonstrations and classes to be offered. Also expanded, the Heritage section will include events in and around the park’s two museums. Vendor Chair Pam Knight said a range of traditional southeast Louisiana foods, including jambalaya, seafood gumbo and crawfish bread, and other festival favorites will be available. Dozens of art vendors will offer handcrafted items such as glazed pottery and woodwork, and Knight said she has been letting people know it will be a great time to shop. Several non-profit groups have signed up to be vendors as well. White said the festival aims to restore a sense of pride in the city, parish and region and to provide opportunities for education about the area’s cultural heritage. She encourages all to come out to Cassidy Park for a day of great food and great music. “The spirit that will be felt there will be incredible,” she said. “If you thought last year was great, this year will be even better.”

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Walter Trout among festival headliners BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

The group of headliners set to take to the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival main stage Saturday in Cassidy Park is full of talent and covers a wide range of blues sounds, Executive Chair Malinda White said. She said many different flavors and styles can be found in blues music, and the festival’s goal is to encompass all of those through its lineup. The festival board likes to include regional artists and those noted by the different blues societies as well, she said.

The intention is that the slate of talent will get better and better each year, White said. “We’ve stepped it up, and we’re excited about it,” she said. The music will start off with a representation of what the festival is all about when New Orleans great old-time blues man J.D. Hill, first-choice blues harp player for the likes of Deacon John Moore and Dr. John, sets the mood with his Jammers, notably young guitarist Chance Casteel. Hill has played with the giants of music including Bo Diddley and Mighty Sam McClain and is noted for his strong voice and

gritty harmonica playing. Casteel, of Bush, has become a regular Jammer, trekking to New Orleans weekly for the opportunity to play with one of the founders of the distinctive local style, and Hill has taken the young talent under his wing. Then, back by popular demand, the Homemade Jamz Blues Band will take the stage. The Mississippi sibling trio made music history as the youngest blues band to land a record deal in 2007 when the kids’ ages ranged from 9 to 16. Since then they’ve played throughout the U.S. and in Europe and won awards and compe-

titions all along the way. The group plays Delta blues, two of them on homemade instruments, a guitar and bass fashioned by their father from automobile parts. Next up will be Jonathan “Boogie” Long, who at 23 was crowned the 2011 King of the Blues by the Guitar Center, in the company’s annual nationwide search for “the next great undiscovered blues guitar player.” Long beat out five other finalists at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Calif., in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges to win the

$25,000 prize. The Baton Rouge native has played with Tab Benoit at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl in New Orleans and appeared at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May. He’s known as the go-to guitarist for Luther Kent. Up next will be Vasti Jackson, a longtime guitarist with premier blues pianist Katie Webster. He is widely noted for his vocals, energetic performances and innovative guitar work. The world-renowned Jackson moved from playing churches and juke joints around the McComb, Miss., area to being inducted into the Mississippi Musicians

Hall of Fame in 2012. Paul Thorn, who is known for seamlessly mixing blues, gospel, rock and soul in what is called a “muscular brand of roots music,” will follow Jackson on the main stage. The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has been compared to John Hiatt and John Prine. He’s opened for Prine, Huey Lewis and the News, Sting, Marianne Faithful, Robert Cray, Bonnie Rait and Jeff Beck. Thorn, whose own brief career as a professional boxer included a televised match with Roberto Durand, uses SEE HEADLINERS, PAGE 5


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his life experience to tell emotionally powerful stories that resonate with listeners. The next performer will arrive in Bogalusa from the far side of the globe. Serbian-born blues guitarist Ana Popovic is based in Amsterdam and has a large following in Europe. She brought her powerful guitar playing and singing style to the United States, where she’s since had two albums reach number one on the Billboard Blues Chart, and was nominated for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist and two other 2012 Blues Foundation Music Awards.

Popovic has played with music greats such as Buddy Guy, BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Miles and Eric Burdon, and has been the opening act for American blues masters, including Junior Wells. Popovic has been nominated for a W.C. Handy Blues Award and was the first European artist to perform at the Handy Awards ceremony. Capping off the day will be Walter Trout, who has been named alternately one of the top 100 guitarists, one of the top 20 guitarists, the sixth best guitarist and the greatest guitarist of all time. His “Blues for My Baby” was named iTunes’ Best Blues

Song of 2012. Trout spent five years in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and was a longtime member of Canned Heat, another influential blues band. He’s also performed with Percy Mayfield, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton and Joe Tex. “This is a serious line up of top-notch entertainers,” Entertainment Committee Chairman Jon Sorey said. “The fact that this is our second year of existence and the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Fes-tival can bring this caliber of entertainment speaks volumes. Bogalusa is on the map in the musical world, and people are taking notice.”

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown has been announced as the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival’s 2013 tribute artist. The above presentation was made when Brown was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame last year. Bogalusa’s Jim Bateman, who was a longtime associate of the deceased musician, accepted the award for his family.

‘Gatemouth’ Brown is this year’s tribute artist BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

After honoring Professor Longhair during the inaugural event, the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival has selected Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown as its 2013 tribute artist. The highly acclaimed, multiple award winning music pioneer was born in Texas, but he has a firm local connection thanks to numerous visits and recording sessions at the Studio in the Country and, significantly, longtime manager, Jim Bateman of Bogalusa’s Real Records. Brown died in 2005 shortly after he lost his Slidell home to Hurricane Katrina. The multi-instrumentalist whose music covered not only the blues but too many genres for him to be categorized

was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame last year, and Bateman accepted the honor as “Gate’s manager, friend, co-producer and confidante” of 29 years. Brown, who got his professional music start in the late 1940s, ultimately won a Grammy, eight W.C. Handy Awards and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Heroes Award. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1999. The tribute to the man who is credited with influencing performers as diverse as Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa and Joe Louis Walker will be incorporated throughout the daylong festival. A tent to be set up near the Museums of Cassidy Park will hold an exhibit, said Bate-

man, who organized the tribute. On loan from the Louisiana Museum Association in Baton Rouge, the exhibit will include Brown’s acoustic guitar and Grammy and an outfit he wore on stage. Shown on a largescreen TV will be clips of and about Brown, featuring fans such as B.B. King and Dr. John. the Furthermore, tribute artist’s music will be played after each performheadliner’s ance, and special guests will speak about Gatemouth on the main stage in between each act, festival Executive Chair Malinda White said. Brown’s family members will also be visiting the festival to see the tribute in person. excited “They’re about it. We’re excited to have them,” White said.


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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, who lived in Slidell, performed at the St. Tammany Parish Trailhead prior to his death following Hurricane Katrina.

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Lessons learned in 2012 lead to improvements BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival now has one staging under its belt, and lessons learned have gone into improving the event for its second year. Feedback was sought following the first festival, held Sept. 29, 2012 in Cassidy Park, and Executive Chair Malinda White said that was reviewed. Recommendations from the feedback have been put into place, and she said improvements have been made in various areas. The first has to do with the unpredictability of Mother Nature. The inaugural festival saw 5 inches of rain fall during the day, yet thousands of visitors turned out, White said. “One thing that we learned is that people who love blues music will come rain or shine. That’s a fact,” she said. “They proved it last year with the turnout that we had.” White said numerous tents will be provided to shelter this year’s visitors from the elements — either rain or sun. She said the tents will be set up all around the stage area, but not directly in front of the stage. That will help keep visitors dry in case of rain or shaded in case of intense heat, she said. Since last year the city has also made im-

provements to the electrical and water hookups that the festival uses in the front of the park, White said. The food vendors have been moved up to that area, she said. The biggest addition this year is second performance area, the Heritage Stage. “Part of our mission is to preserve and promote the blues and the gumbo of music that is our heritage,” she said. That “gumbo of music,” White said, can include any genre of music indigenous to Louisiana, such as Zydeco, jazz, blues, country, gospel and rock and

roll. Musicians in those various styles of music will be performing on the Heritage Stage, the old stage that has existed for decades in Cassidy Park and is situated on the park’s northeast side. Since that new stage came about after the festival’s annual budget had been set, White said a fundraiser was held Sept. 13 at Birdie’s Roadhouse in Angie to help offset Heritage Stage costs. She said that venue was a natural fit for the fundraiser because of the cultural impact Birdie’s has SEE IMPROVEMENTS, PAGE 11


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made on the area. The Kids Zone has also been expanded and is being organized by the festival for the first time. Since the Blues Fest was just starting out, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Culture board handled putting the children’s activities together last year, White said. This year, a Kids Zone chair, Betty Gill, was added to the Blues Fest board, and she headed up planning of those activities. “She’s done a marvelous job doing that,” White said. There is an expression that states you have to walk before you can crawl, but White said that wasn’t true in the case of the Blues Festival. She said one of her daughters skipped right over crawling and walked at 9 months old.

“It feels the same way with this,” she said. “We literally put this festival together in nine months.” She said a strong organization was assembled from the start, and each member brought his or her unique talents and gifts. She said she is proud of the board and committee members and all the volunteers who helped members who helped make the festival possible. “It really takes a lot of commitment and a shared vision to make it a reality,” she said. A 501c3 organization, the festival started out at zero dollars but grew to where it is today through donations and monies that came in from throughout the city, parish and region, White said. Looking to the future, White has eyed the Redwood Bowl, owned

by the city, as a potential site for a stage. She said that area, built by the Goodyear family as a place to float redwood logs, is a perfect natural amphitheater and would be ideal for a main stage. She said she would just need a walking bridge from Cassidy Park to the Redwood Bowl to be built, and she is looking into the project’s feasibility asking anyone she can for help in making it happen. The expanded venue would help put the festival on the national map, she said. In calling Bogalusa home, the Blues Festival has a site that is full of green space, White said. “That’s one thing we have that a lot of cities don’t have,” she said. “We have plenty of parking, and we have plenty of green space. We plan on utilizing it.”

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Friday night activities added to festival itinerary Live music to be featured at local venues BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

Expanding the event’s reach in its second year, Executive Director Malinda White wants to see the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival have a direct impact on the local economy. Taking place Saturday at Cassidy Park, the Blues Fest main stage will boast the talents of headliners Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Paul Thorn, Vasti Jackson, Homemade Jamz, Johnathon “Boogie” Long and J.D. Hill and the Jammers featuring Chance Casteel. In a new addition, local musicians in a variety of genres will be welcomed to the Heritage Stage as well. Providing another opportunity for people to hear live music, White sent out a call to all local restaurants and establishments to hire a musician for the Friday night before the festival and said the festival would advertise this for the businesses. White said the reasoning behind this effort is to draw extra people into the establishments the night before the festival, increasing foot traffic and business. The festival board members decided to add the Friday night events rather than expanding to a two-day festival this year, as

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that is something they weren’t quite ready for, White said. She said the idea for the Friday night related events came about during her research on other festivals. She attended a one-day festival Clarksdale, Miss,. that has become a fiveday event through involvement from businesses in the area. White said there has been a great response from local businesses to the Friday night related events. Musicians are scheduled to play at the following Bogalusa businesses: • Red Zone, 5310 Louisiana Highway 21 South, Butterfunk from 7-11 p.m. • Bogalusa Grill & Event Center, 1900 Plum St., Brandon McLeod Band from 7 p.m. until midnight. • Union Square, 224 Louisiana Ave., Ryan Alan from 8 p.m. until 1

a.m. • YoYo’s, 210 Louisiana Ave., Big Daddy “O” from 6-9 p.m. • L&C, 402 Memphis St., Keenan Knight and Terry Bollinger from 710 p.m. • Mustang’s, 737 Avenue F, Magic City Music Band from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. • Jug’s, 112 S. Columbia St., Man to Man Band from 7:30-10 p.m. Also, Wes Lee will perform at Birdie’s Roadhouse, 6646 Highway 21 in Angie, from 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. Shuttle buses will run continuously from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. and bring attendees from one venue to the next throughout the night. The buses are being provided by three local businessmen as a way to “keep everybody responsible and safe as they travel from one venue to the next,” White said. The shuttle rides will be free, but she said people are asked to provide tips for drivers and gas. Cab services will be available as well. White said she thinks this will be a good addition to the Blues Fest and something that will be well received by visitors. “People are coming,” she said. “They’re coming, and they’re going to look for entertainment that night.”


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Recognizing talents, accomplishments is aim of festival’s Heritage Trail BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

From its start, the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival was intended to be a cultural event — an opportunity to showcase the talents and accomplishments of area artists of all types. Thus the Heritage Trail was made an integral part of the event, Executive Chair Malinda White said. Large banners placed along a pathway in Cassidy Park let festivalgoers know all about the contributions of noted individuals, groups and locations of artistic local historic significance. The charter class included Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Henry Roeland “Professor Longhair” Byrd, Alvin Carter, David Craig, Hollis “Red Lane” DeLaughter, Hoyt Garrick, Kansas, Yusef Komunyakaa, Edward “Snoozer” Quinn, Birdie’s Roadhouse and Studio in the Country. Nominees for additions for the 2013 event came in from the community, and White said those were narrowed down by the festival board. In the final vote, the decision was made to add the Rhythm Aces and Herschel Dwellingham. The Rhythm Aces, known in Bogalusa and

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beyond as the “Kings of performed Swing,” throughout the region for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Dwellingham, an accomplished musician in his own right, was in the band for a couple of years toward the end of its run, White said. Dwellingham, born in Bogalusa on Nov. 2, 1944, participated on more than 2,000 records during his career as a producer, writer, director, arranger, drummer, keyboardist and singer. He played drums on Harry Chapin’s hit, “Cat’s in the Cradle,” was drummer on

Report’s Weather Sweetnighter album and was a session drummer for acts such as Sister Sledge, Stephanie Mills and REO Speedwagon. White said the plan is to add a couple of musicians each year, and suggestions will again be sought from the community for the next festival. As the event builds and community involvement in the festival grows, she said more artistic gems will be discovered. “This can spread out and uncover jewels we don’t even know about,” she said.

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Harmonica workshops among activities at festival’s Kids Zone BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

Harmonica workshops, train rides, inflatables and more will be available for the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival’s younger visitors in an expanded Kids Zone. The activities, to take place from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. in Cassidy Park will be under the festival’s leadership this year after being organized by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Culture board during the first Blues Fest. Chair Betty Gill said

Activities from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. she thinks the Kids Zone has an important role in the festival. “The festival is a family affair, and it is critical that we provide entertainment to those of all ages,” she said. A brand new musicthemed activity will introduce kids to the harmonica. Two free workshops will be presented by members of the New Orleans Harmonica Club. Set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the workshops will cover the harmonica’s capabilities, how to hold the instrument, basic rhythm playing and basic blues structure and will touch on individual note playing. The club members’ goal is to spark children’s interest in the harmonica, to get them comfortable with the concept and to have them playing some basic blues rhythm pat-

terns by the end of the workshop. “Each child will be given their own special engraved Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival harmonica to take home to continue their journey in blues rhythm playing,” Gill added. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about local train history and get to experience it for themselves by taking part in train rides, provided by Toddler Express, LLC of Bush. After visiting the museum, children will be able to take a train ride for a $1 donation to the museum. “The train will depart every half hour from the museum for a memorable ride through the piney woods as they listen to incredible blues music that will be drifting through the air,” Gill said.

Inflatables, provided by Bogalusa native Donnie Miller, will also be available for young festivalgoers to enjoy. The children will be assisted in this free activity by members of Franklinton High School’s Interact Club, Gill said. The Andes Extreme of New Orleans portable rock climbing wall will be another free Kids Zone activity. Andes Extreme Team members will provide assistance as climbers make their way up the 24-foottall wall. “The rock climbing wall is suitable for all ages and includes routes for beginners and experienced rock climbers,” Gill said. “It is a genuine challenge, definitely exciting and a safe way to achieve the peak experience that all climbers seek.” Additionally, members of the organization ADAPT will provide face painting for a fee of $3-5 per child. Mt. Pleasant Church youth will provide hair wraps at a cost of $15 per child, with proceeds to fund an upcoming mission trip, and members of Children’s International will provide beadwork free of charge. As the activities are under way, the New Orleans 1906 popcorn wagon will be near the museums, selling cotton candy, popcorn, kettle corn and pretzels.


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Trina Stogner’s design selected for this year’s festival poster BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

A poster by Trina Stogner, an artist with strong local ties, will serve as the face of this year’s Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival. Currently living in the town where she grew up, Columbiana, Ala., Stogner spent a number of years in Bogalusa and said she still considers it home. With her design, Stogner said she was trying to capture the feeling of being surrounded by the trees

and the beauty of Cassidy Park. A big moon and stars can be seen in the poster, and a group of musicians is painted in the bottom foreground. Trees and roots feature prominently in the poster, and she said that represents the large group of people trying to “dig deep” and create positive change for the city. Stogner said she wanted to get all of those things across through the vibrant colors and images that are part of the painting.

“I just wanted it to feel like it had soul,” she said. “I think that’s what the members of the board are trying to capture with the fest. They want to bring some positive soul back to Bogalusa.” The poster is acrylic on canvas, which is a slight departure from some of Stogner’s other work. She said she does most of her painting with acrylics, but she generally works with tin, old wood or recycled pieces rather than canvas. Stogner had learned online that poster entries were being sought for the Blues Fest, with family members in Bogalusa letting her know it had been announced in The Daily News. She submitted her entry and was excited when she received word it had been selected by the Blues Fest board to represent the event. “That was a huge honor. It meant a lot to me,” she said. She is planning to be at the festival this year and said she is looking forward to attending the Sept. 28 event. Stogner has been teaching art lessons and painting professionally for more than 15 years. She does commissioned work, such as painting murals in people’s homes, and also gets her work out

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there through word of mouth. A graduate of Shelby County High School in Columbiana, Stogner received a scholarship to LSU and went to Baton Rouge to pursue a degree in art education. She found her way to Bogalusa in 1999 and was in the city until last summer. She said she has lived in Bogalusa almost as long as she’d been in Alabama, and her family now has two places to call home. She has three children, Maggie, 15; Jonathan, 10; and Tanner, 9. The poster will be available for purchase in the merchandise tent the day of the festival for $20. Posters will be signed and numbered by the artist and will feature the official, embossed Blues Fest seal.


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Festival charm available for purchase A Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival charm, handcrafted by a Baton Rouge artist and based on the festival’s logo, is available at Gayle’s Jewelers and will also be sold at Saturday’s festival in Cassidy Park. Sale profits will benefit the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival.

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Some roads closing, adjustments being made to streets around park Saturday is mandatory workday for Bogalusa police officers BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

Locals are advised there will be a couple of traffic adjustments Saturday due to the expected impact of the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival. Beginning at 9 a.m., intersections of Willis Avenue and Avenue F and Willis Avenue (Verret Street) and Camellia Road will be closed to general traffic, along with that portion of the roadway, Police Chief Joe Culpepper said. Barricades will be in

place, and musicians, festival personnel and those with VIP parking will need a special permit to enter the intersection of Avenue F and Willis Avenue, he said. The intersection at Camellia Road will be an exit only, and people leaving the park will be sent west, he said. Pocahontas Street will be closed as well, Culpepper said. Culpepper recommends that people not attending the festival avoid the north end of Avenue F and Willis Avenue, as traffic con-

gestion in that area will be likely. He said people should find another route if possible, and those who decide to pass through the area should be prepared to wait. Saturday is a mandatory workday for the entire Bogalusa Police Department, and Culpepper said the agency’s mobile command post will be set up at the park. Additionally, the BPD will receive assistance from the Washington Parish Sheriff ’s Office and Rayburn Correctional Center.

He noted that people will be subject to the city’s open container laws as soon as they leave park. When parking, Culpepper said people should be mindful that many areas around the park are residential, and festivalgoers should not park in someone’s yard without their knowledge and permission. He advised people to be careful about where they park. “If you park your car and you obstruct traffic, it will be towed,” he said.


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Shuttles will run from several parking lots throughout city BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

Parking will be plentiful for the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, and a shuttle service will available, according to Larry Miller, logistics coordinator and a member of the festival board. VIP parking for sponsors and handicapped parking will be located right next to the park. A designated RV area will also be set up near the park. Miller said parking

lots for festival guests will be located all around the area and will be designated by signs. The employee lot directly across from the LSU Bogalusa Medical Center clinic on Memphis Street will be festival parking, as will the Armory at the intersection of Avenue B and Willis Avenue. Other parking areas will include the old Walmart parking lot and the lot at Northgate Shopping Center, where Zesto is located. Designated overflow

parking, if needed, will be at the Avenue B sports complex and Northshore Technical Community College, Sullivan Campus, parking lot. Miller said a shuttle service will connect these areas so people who have to park further away than they can walk will be able to get to the park. The free shuttles will run every 10 to 12 minutes, and a designated attendant will be at each lot to help people on and off the shuttles.

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Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Executive Chair Malinda White, right, tells a crew from Hometown Productions out of Baton Rouge why everyone should come to the festival. Mayor Charles Mizell and BBHF Heritage Chair Levi Lewis also gave some on-screen time for the project.

Blues Festival tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the gate BY LUCY PARKER THE DAILY NEWS

There are a couple of options for purchasing tickets in advance for the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, to run from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday in Cassidy Park. The main stage blues lineup for the biggerand-better BBHF II will showcase the talents of Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Paul Thorn, Vasti Jackson, Homemade Jamz, Jonathon “Boogie” Long and J.D. Hill and the Jammers,

featuring Chance Casteel. The Heritage Stage, a new addition to the festival, will feature regional artists of different genres, while other musicians will form an Acoustic Trail along the walkway through the park. The number of children’s activities has been increased, the expanded Heritage section will include events in and around the two Museums of Cassidy Park, and vendors will offer food and a variety of hand-crafted items.

To purchase online at a cost of $10, visit www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will also be available for $10 at McMillan’s Nursery and Gifts through Friday. At the gate, tickets will be $15. Children ages 13 and under will be admitted free for all purchase methods. In something new this year, beverage sales will be done in the form of tickets rather than cash. Executive Chair Malinda White said beverage sales are handled this way at

many festivals, and the process will be similar to purchasing tickets to get on rides at the parish fair. She said a beverage ticket sales tent will be set up just inside the main gate, and people can purchase the number of tickets they think they will need for the day, with each ticket equaling $1. Then, when purchasing their water, soda or other beverages during the day, people will present those tickets instead of cash, she said.


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