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One Book One Community 2023: The Blues: BR Blues

2023 Community-Wide Reading Program celebrating "The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music & Culture" by Chris Thomas King

 Deep dive into our local blues culture with the Baton Rouge Blues InfoGuide!

Local Venues

Phil Brady's

Teddy's Juke Joint


Blues Music In Louisiana

Visit some of these other Louisiana venues to listen to the Blues! 

Country Roads Giveaway

Enter here for a chance to win a Library Prize Pack courtesy of Country Roads!

• $50 gift card to Jubans Restaurant
• $25 gift card to Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux
• "I Geek the Blues" t-shirt
• The Blues by Chris Thomas King
• Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Rocking  Pneumonia Blues by John Wirt
• Blues from the Bayou by Julian C. Piper
• Blue Library tote bag
• Harmonica
• Other OBOC goodies


Country Roads

The latest issue of Country Roads is all about music!

Be sure to check out the article on Blues musician, Kenny Neal!

Read the entire issue here.

Blues Musicians

Want to learn about some legendary Louisiana blues musicians? Click this link!

Want to listen to some of these musicians? Here's a few that you can check out from you local library!


Baton Rouge Blues Festival

The Baton Rouge Blues Fest will be held from Friday, April 21st - Sunday, April 23rd in Downtown Baton Rouge!

From its beginnings in 1981 on Southern University's campus, the festival’s mission has been to encourage promotion, preservation and advancement of the swamp blues music native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

You can look at the 2023 lineup here and stay tuned for the unveiling of the 2023 commemorative poster set to be debuted on March 8th!

Until then, check out this playlist made with songs from featured performers at this year's festival!


Baton Rouge Blues Foundation

Founded in 2002, the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to promote, preserve and celebrate the Baton Rouge blues culture and bring the best of Louisiana swamp blues music to the world.

The foundation sponsors the Baton Rouge Blues festival.

Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Established in 1973, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge (ACGBR) endeavors to promote cultural growth, economic development, and educational enhancement through the arts in and around the 11-parish region that it serves.