18th annual Highland Jazz & Blues Festival returns

The 18th annual Highland Jazz & Blues Festival Presented by Louisiana Healthcare Connections will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 in Shreveport’s Historic Highland neighborhood at Columbia Park.

The free festival will include 10 bands playing from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on two stages

This year’s music lineup features musicians from the community and beyond. Local favorite, Grammy nominated vocalist/guitarist Buddy Flett will kick-off the festival on the Pavilion Stage. More performances throughout the day on two stages include the Creswell Elementary Bucket Drum Team, The Blues Trippers, Heavy is the Head, Everett Street Jazz, Big D’s Blues Band, Dirty Redd Band, and Maggie Belle. Attendees will also have an opportunity to parade through the park with the Shreveport Second Line Brass Band. Rounding out the day is the headlining act, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, an American blues, funk and soul artist influenced by Howlin’ Wolf and James Brown from Austin, Texas. 

Pavilion Stage
11:00 am – Buddy Flett
15 pm – The Blues Trippers
1:30 pm – Everett Street Jazz
3:00 pm – Maggie Belle 
4:30 pm – Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

BOM Gazebo Stage
11:00 am – Creswell Elementary Bucket Drum Team
11:30 am – Heavy is the Head
1:00 pm – Big D’s Blues Band
2:30 pm – Dirty Redd Band
3:30 pm – Shreveport Second Line Brass Band 

The festival will feature a live art competition called “Clash of the Artists.” Four local artists will compete by painting live in accordance with a theme related to the festival in the Clash of the Artist Tent sponsored by the Red River Revel. These artists will have two hours to paint their showcase interpretation piece of how music brings our community together. Festival goers will have a chance to watch their artwork come to life and a panel of judges will choose the winner. The winning artwork will be announced prior to the headlining act on the Pavilion Stage. The artist will have the opportunity to work with the festival team to create the 2023 official festival poster artwork. Clash of the Artists participants were chosen by community vote on social media. Local artists competing are: Erica Garcia, Amy McDonald, Dominique OGD McLemore and Alex Richardson.

In addition to the music and art, there will be more than 70 food and art vendors onsite and a Children’s Area with multiple activities planned throughout the afternoon. There will also be a designated Pet Area sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for furry friends. A free shuttle provided by AEP/Swepco will run to Columbia Park from Centenary Gold Dome approximately every 30 minutes. 

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