10th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo: 3 Days, 3 Stages
NEW ORLEANS – The 10th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo presented by Positive Vibrations Foundation takes place Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, 2015, with music on three stages, a curated arts market, local food vendors and a host of recreational activities.
The free festival is held on the banks of Bayou St. John in New Orleans.
Since its inception in the months following Hurricane Katrina, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo has focused on improving the community through partnerships and responsible practices. Many nonprofit organizations benefit from outreach and fundraising efforts held in conjunction with the Bayou Boogaloo including the Parkview Neighborhood Association, the ReBridge effort to rebuild the Bayou St. John footbridge near Cabrini, Morris Jeff Community School, Deutsche Haus and the festival’s own Restore the Bayou Canopy campaign.
Additionally, the festival promotes sustainability with its zero waste policy and ongoing recycling efforts.
In 2015, the festival will have its first solar-powered tent.
From humble roots as a one-day neighborhood celebration in 2005, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo has grown to one of New Orleans' premier musical showcases. In 2014, more than 40,000 music and art lovers attended, and visitors in 2015 can look forward to three stages packed with top musical talent, an art market, wellness activities, a 5K-run and a wide selection of local food.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is hosted by the MotherShip Foundation, a New Orleans 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging social change by improving quality of life through the promotion of arts, culture and recreation. Proceeds from the festival facilitate efforts such as a new anti-litter initiative and the MotherShip Foundation's Restore the Bayou Canopy campaign. This ongoing effort to replace trees lost to the hurricane has already resulted in the planting of eight live oak trees along Bayou St. John. In 2015, the MotherShip also aims to help restock the fish population in Bayou St. John.
New in 2015:
• A Canopy Club VIP experience to benefit the MotherShip Foundation’s efforts to Restore The Bayou Canopy and other community improvement efforts. A portion of Canopy Club purchases is tax-deductible through MotherShip’s inaugural membership campaign. Members who join MotherShip with a tax-deductible donation of $250 or more will be given three days of access to the Club's VIP lounge near the main stage. Cooling units, stage-front viewing, daily crawfish boils, a private bar, local food, comfy seating and other bonuses are available to Canopy Club pass holders. Children under 12 can accompany Canopy Club parents free of charge.
• Expanded Kid’s programming including a silent Kid’s disco on Friday, May 15, in the Kid’s Tent. Families can also visit the Kids Stage for all-ages workshops and entertainment.
• Performance Art from the Krewe of ChewBacchus MechaGator on Friday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m., and by aerialists just prior to the Sunday, May 17, Dumpstaphunk performance.
• A Paddle Battle on Sunday, May 17, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on the Bayou. The paddle race will include canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and build-your-own vessels. This event is open to the public for $20 per person, $30.00 if you need to rent a boat. Every contestant will get a T-shirt and winners will receive single day passes to the festival’s Canopy Club, a VIP experience located next to the main stage that serves as a fundraiser for efforts to replant the Bayou Canopy.
• Floating Root Beer Float and Beer and Wine Gardens – For the first time, the festival is utilizing the Bayou through the use of floating docks. Festivalgoers can dock their own boats to the Beer and Wine Gardens, as well as visit the Abita Root Beer Float.
• Advance Parking reservations – Reserve your parking spot in advance while supporting the building and relocation of the Deutsche Haus on Bayou St. John.
Musical offerings will include performances by Dumstaphunk, Mannie Fresh, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, The New Orleans Suspects, Rotary Downs, Papa Mali, 101 Runners, Woodenhead, Yojimbo, The Wild Magnolias, Soul Creole, Erica Falls, Mike Dillon's New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium featuring Stanton Moore, Jason Marsalis, Simon Lott, Terrence Houston, Daria Dzurik, Jesse Paige, Aaron Walker, Otto Schrang, Paul Thibodeaux, Brian Coogan, Doug Belote, and others, Pirate’s Choice featuring Luke Quaranta and Justin Perkins (Toubab Krewe), Raja Kassis (Antibalas; Raja Kassis' HUMANBEING) and Sam Dickey (Benyoro), Kim Carson, Colin Lake, To Be Continued Brass Band, Davis Rogan, Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott, Tony Hall & Friends, Dave Jordan & The Neighborhood Improvement Association, N’awlins Johnny’s, Alexandra Scott & Her Magical Band, Chicago Children’s Choir, Pontchartrain Wrecks, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Kevin Stylez and Ecirb Müller's Twisted Dixie.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo features a curated arts market of more than 60 regional artists and craftspeople. The arts market stretches along the Bayou between the Orleans Avenue and Dumaine Street stages.
The 2015 festival poster is by New Orleans artist Becky Fos. The painting features an underwater view of a large-mouth bass in the forefront with the festival, historic Bayou banks and sunset in the background. The medium is oil paint by way of pallet knife providing a deep, thick, raised texture that enlivens the bright colors of the fish scales. The painting is 36” x 48” on a 1.5” thick gallery-wrapped canvas.
The Bayou Boogaloo will sell a limited number of signed and unsigned fine art quality poster prints online and in the festival’s merchandise booth. A silent auction for the original painting will be held during the festival, with the winner being announced before the final musical act on Sunday, May 17. Winners do not have to be present. Proceeds from the auction will be dedicated to stocking the Bayou with large-mouth bass in 2016.
The poster size is 22 x 25 1/2” on 130lb. coated paper printed using an offset process. Posters signed by the artist are $55.00. Unsigned are $30.00
Ralph’s On The Park, Mid City Pizza, Boucherie, Mid City Yacht Club, Crepes a la Carte, Felipe’s and Quentin’s Natural Ice Cream and Sorbets are among the 30 plus food and drink vendors at the 2015 festival.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo encourages all food vendors to adhere to the festival’s goal to be a zero-waste event by reducing the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserving and recovering all resources, and does not burn or bury waste. A zero-waste event reduces all discharges to land, water or air that may be a threat to the planet and its inhabitants.
Central to the mission of the MotherShip Foundation is to provide recreational activities at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo.
This year’s recreational efforts include:
• 5K and ½ mile run/ walk, in conjunction with The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club and the Orleans Parish Sherriff’s Office, on Saturday, May 16. 7:30 a.m. packet pick up, 8:30 a.m. race.
• 7th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl on Saturday, May 16, 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Group yoga on the Lafitte Street stage on Sunday, May 17, 11:00 a.m.
• First ever Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Paddle Battle on Sunday, May 17, 8:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.