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New Orleans, LA 2018 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and original Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli will join other Boogaloo first-timers Marc Broussard and Deacon John & the Ivories to play the 13th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo presented by Positive Vibrations Foundation. The free event takes place May 18, 19 and 20 on the banks of Bayou St. John in New Orleans. 

“Our 2018 music line-up is truly a diverse wish list,” said festival founder and producer Jared Zeller.  “Both Leo Nocentelli and Deacon John are living musical legends who played on many recordings that define the New Orleans sound and greatest hits catalog. But we also have bands new to the local audience such as the progressive Pet Fangs and Paa Kow, an African music ensemble from Colorado,” he said.

The complete line up for the 2018 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo includes: Alex McMurray, Arrianne Keelen, Bag of Donuts, Bon Bon Vivant, Marc Broussard, Cha Wa, Corey Ledet, Deacon John & The Ivories, Iceman Special, Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters with special guest Samantha Fish, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, La Tran-K, Mainline, Leo Nocentelli & The Funkin Truth, Magnetic Ear, MC Sweet Tea & The Tasty Hots plus Malevitus, Naughty Professor, Otto, Paa Kow, Pet Fangs, Riders Against the Storm, Roland Guerin Band, Sasha Masakowski & Art Market, Sierra Green & The Soul Machine, Sonic Bloom featuring Eric Bloom, The N.O. Soul Stars James Brown Tribute, Toubab Krewe and 101 Runners featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Big Chief Juan Pardo.

Additionally, the winner of Sing Like a Star, a Voice-like contest, will be awarded a spot in the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo’s 2018 music line-up. Sing Like a Star airs locally on WUPL channel 54 on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

            Also of note is the appearance of Toubab Krewe, a beloved local band who is coming off an extended hiatus.  

In 2017, over 30,000 people attended the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. This year’s event will feature music on four stages, a curated arts market with over 60 regional artists, a Family Village with games and activities, food from 30 local restaurants and caterers as well as paddling, biking and yoga activities.

Returning for its fourth year is the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Canopy Club VIP Lounge.  For a tax-deductible donation of $250.00, Canopy Club pass holders will enjoy cooling units, stage-front viewing, a private bar with complimentary beverages, daily crawfish boils and comfy seating for all three festival days.  Children under 12 can accompany Canopy Club parents free of charge.

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is presented by Positive Vibrations Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create and encourage community through the development and preservation of arts, music, culture, and heritage.

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo remains committed to the health and stewardship of Bayou St. John and the surrounding neighborhood. Proceeds from the annual family-friendly festival have launched anti-litter initiatives and restored trees along Bayou St. John lost to hurricanes, as well as other environmental and quality of life efforts. The festival was recently recognized by the international non-profit organization A Greener Festival (AGF) for its efforts to reduce environmental impact.  The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo was the only United States festival to be acknowledged.

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo also benefits several community partners, including Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Upturn Arts, Soul NOLA, Evacuteer, Morris Jeff Community School and Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Groups interested in becoming a Community Partner of Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo can submit an application on MotherShip Foundation’s website.