Local Event: Highland Jazz And Blues Festival announces 2021 Music Line-up

The 17th Annual Highland Jazz & Blues Festival Presented by Lagniappe P.R.I.M.E., LLC.  will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 in Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood at Columbia Park. With music and fun for everyone, the festival will include eight bands playing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on two stages. This free music festival is a gift to the community from the Highland Area Partnership.

“We are excited to be able to gather again for your favorite party in the park,” said Emerie Gentry, president of the Highland Area Partnership. “This year’s music lineup features award-winning musicians from our community and beyond.”

Local favorite, Grammy nominated vocalist/guitarist Buddy Flett will kick-off the festival on the Oschner LSU Health Shreveport Pavilion Stage. Legendary blues singer, 5 times humanitarian and music legend Betty Lewis will follow. More performances throughout the day on two stages will include Tree Fiddy Trio, The Rougarou Trio, Junior the Third, and Ohm Haus. Festival-goers will have two opportunities to parade through the park with the Shreveport Second Line Brass Band. Rounding out the day is the headlining act, the Grammy-award winning New Orleans Nightcrawlers, a bristling brass band with a modern soul.

Oschner LSU Health Shreveport Pavilion Stage

  • 11:15 a.m. – Buddy Flett
  • 12:45 p.m. – Betty Lewis
  • 2:00 p.m. – Tree Fiddy Trio
  • 2:45 p.m. – Shreveport Second Line Brass Band
  • 3:00 p.m. – Junior the Third
  • 4:30 p.m. – New Orleans Nightcrawlers

BOM Gazebo Stage

  • 11:15 a.m. – The Rougarou Trio
  • 12:45 p.m. – Ohm Haus
  • 2:00 p.m. – Clash of the Artists Competition
  • 4:00 p.m. – Shreveport Second Line Brass Band

For the first time at the festival, there will be a live art competition called “Clash of the Artists”. Four local artists will compete by painting on the spot in accordance with a theme related to the festival at the BOM Gazebo Stage. These artists will have two hours to paint their showcase interpretation piece of how music brings the community together. Festival-goers will have a chance to vote on their favorite artwork that day. The winning artwork will be announced prior to the headlining act and will be used for the 2022 official festival poster artwork. Clash of the Artists participants were chosen by community vote on social media. Local artists competing are J. Ben Moss aka Ploid, Sebastian Williams, Linda Moss, and Michael Miller.

In addition to the music and art, there will be more than 70 food and art vendors onsite and a children’s area sponsored by Lang Orthodontics with multiple activities planned throughout the afternoon. There will be a free shuttle provided by AEP/Swepco.

For more information visit, www.highlandjazzandblues.org.

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