This year marked the return of the highly popular Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa, Louisiana, an event that The Southland Music has enjoyed attending since 2014. After two years of the pandemic, it was nice to reacquaint with one of our favorite events that we have written several articles about and published numerous photos since we began attending the festival.
This year’s Friday evening schedule that we attended:
● The Chitlins
● Tullie Brae
● Big Al and The Heavyweights
● Chapel Hart
● Kenny Neal
We were unable to attend Saturday’s full day of music, fun and activities, which featured music on two stages by Ruthie Foster, Jonathan Boogie Long, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Laurie Morvan Band, Big Daddy O, Eli Seals, Looka Here, Grayhawk Perkins, Abita Blues Band and
The following photos by Stephen “Andy” Anderson were taken during Friday evening’s portion of the festival. Commentary and editing by Johnny Cole; additional editing by Brenda Germany.
Welcome to this year’s Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival!!! The annual festival in Cassidy Park officially kicked off on a beautiful Friday evening in September of 2022.
The Chitlins are Scott Henry (lead vocals/harmonica), Bucky Cole (lead guitar/vocals), Jimmy Mac (guitar/vocals), Jay Patricks (bass/vocals) & David Whitehead (drums). The popular band from the Mississippi Gulf Coast perform a unique blend of music based on their love of country music, the blues, soul and rock & roll.
Tullie Brae’s unique style taps into a blend of several genres (gospel, blues, soul & rock). Her true and honest love of music becomes obviously apparent at every performance. She has headlined several Blues festivals as well as shared the stage with B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Paul Thorn, Bonnie Raitt, Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster, Jimbo Mathus, Carolyn Wonderland, Cedric Burnside, Samantha Fish, Leo Bud Welch, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Big George Brock among many other talented artists.
The Festival Honors
Big Al & The Heavyweights
Big Al and the Heavyweights originally formed in 1996 as the Unknown Blues Band, with founding members Al Lauro, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule), and pianist Rick Gergen (Sweethearts of the Rodeo). Today Big Al & The Heavyweights’ Al Lauro has been joined by an array of amazing musicians including Louisiana Music Hall of Fame pianist/vocalist, Wayne Lohr along with guitarist/vocalist extraordinaire Marcel Anton and renowened California bassist/vocalist Mark Parsons.
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