NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The 10th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo presented by Positive Vibrations Foundation takes place this weekend, Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17th, along the beautiful banks of Bayou St. John. With music on three stages, a curated arts market, beloved local food vendors and a host of recreational activities, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo remains New Orleans’ leading free, neighborhood festival.
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 non-profit organizations benefit from outreach and fundraising efforts held in conjunction with the Bayou Boogaloo, including: Friends of Lafitte Corridor, Hope Stone New Orleans, Mid-City Volleyball Group, Hike for KaTREEna, Morris Jeff Community School, Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, Parkview Neighborhood Association, Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association’s ReBridge effort to rebuild the Bayou St. John footbridge near Cabrini, and the festival’s own Restore the Bayou Canopy campaign. In addition to ongoing recycling efforts, the festival will further promote sustainability by adding composting for food vendors this year, with the hope of expanding composting throughout the festival site in 2016.
From those humble roots as a one-day neighborhood celebration in 2006, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo has grown to be one of New Orleans’ premier music showcases. In 2014, nearly 40,000 music lovers attended the three-day festival. 2015 visitors can look forward to three stages packed with top musical talent plus a Kids Stage for all-ages workshops and entertainment.
As always, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is hosted by MotherShip Foundation, a New Orleans 501c3 non-profit organization. Proceeds from the festival facilitate MotherShip Foundation’s many community improvement efforts, including the Restore the Bayou Canopy campaign. This ongoing effort to replace trees along Bayou St. John lost to hurricanes has, to date, planted eight live oak trees along Bayou St. John. In 2015, festival proceeds will be used to launch a new anti-litter campaign.
New in 2015
Canopy Club VIP experience to benefit MotherShip Foundation efforts to Restore The Bayou Canopy and other community improvement efforts. Portion of Canopy Club purchase is tax-deductible through MotherShip’s inaugural membership campaign.
Expanded Kid’s Tent Programming, including an all-ages silent disco on Friday evening in the Kid’s Tent
Performance Art from a fire-breathing MechaGator at 6:00 p.m on Friday evening and from an aerialists just prior to the Sunday evening Dumpstaphunk show
Paddle Battle presented by Bryan Subaru 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning on the bayou. Paddle race including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and “build your owns.” Open to the public for $20 per person, $30.00 if you need to rent a boat. Every contestant gets a t-shirt. Winners 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 pull their own boats up to dock at the Beer and Wine Gardens, as well as visit the Abita Root Beer Float for – what else? – A cool and refreshing root beer float. Proceeds from the root beer floats go toward MotherShip Foundation and Friends of Lafitte Corridor.
Spirited Snowballs: Beaucoup Juice is sponsoring an all natural, local fruit snowball and juice stand that will be located near the Dumaine Stage. Adults can opt to add spirits to their treat, and all patrons will be supporting a good cause, as proceeds from this booth will go toward MotherShip Foundation and Hope Stone New Orleans.
Advance Parking reservations. Reserve your parking spot in advance while supporting the building and relocation of the Deutsche Haus on Bayou St. John. Click here to reserve spots: http://thebayouboogaloo.com/
Dumstaphunk, Mannie Fresh, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience and The New Orleans Suspects lead a stellar 2015 music line up that also includes: 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.
Full schedule can be found at: http://thebayouboogaloo.com/music
Arts and Festival Poster
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo features a curated arts market of 70 regional artists and craftspeople. The arts market stretches along the bayou between the Orleans Avenue and Dumaine Street stages. Full list of artists available at: http://thebayouboogaloo.com/artists
The 2015 festival poster is by New Orleans artist Becky Fos and features an underwater view of a large-mouth bass in the forefront with the festival, historic bayou banks and sunset in the background 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 View/order: at: http://thebayouboogaloo.com/shop
A silent auction for the original painting will be held during the festival, with the winner being announced before the final 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.
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. http://thebayouboogaloo.com/food
Central to the mission of the MotherShip Foundation is the providing of recreational activities at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. 2015 recreational efforts include:
- First ever Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Paddle Battle presented by Bryan Subaru, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Sunday (May 17) morning on Bayou St. John
- 5K and ½ mile run/walk in conjunction with The Zulu Community Foundation and the Orleans Parish Sherriff’s Office. 7:30 a.m. packet pick up/8:30 a.m. race. Saturday (May 16)
- 7th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday (May 16)
- Group yoga on the Lafitte Street stage 11:00 a.m. Sunday
- Registration and more information for all recreational efforts http://thebayouboogaloo.com/
Support Efforts to Maintain Bayou St. John
2015’s Boogaloo will be the second to offer attendees the chance to be a part of MotherShip’s Canopy Club. Members who join MotherShip with a tax-deductible donation of $250.00 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. http://thebayouboogaloo.com/membership-drive