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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo announces daily music lineup

Liz Grippe and Joe Barre III dance to the Cha Wa Band at the Lafitte Stage in 2018. (Zach Brien, Mid-City Messenger)

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo has announced the daily music lineup for its 2023 festival, taking place May 19 to 21st on the banks of Bayou St. John.

Early-bird pricing on weekend passes is available until March 6, festival organizers also announced.

The complete daily music and comedy lineups are listed below:

Yonder Mountain String Band

Friday, May 19

Yonder Mountain String Band, Boyfriend, Bonerama, People Museum, The Quickening.

Comedy acts include Wait, What?: A Comedy Drinking Game feat. Isaac Kozell & Geoffrey Gauchet.

Juvenile (Courtesy of Bayou Boogaloo)

Saturday, May 20

Juvenile (with Partners N Crime, DJ Jubilee and the Big Easy Bounce Band), The Iceman Special, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Rumble, The Low End Theory Players, LeTrainiump, Tasche & the Psychedelic Roaches, Dinny Skip.

Comedy acts include Rude Jude, Mark Caesar, and Kymbra Li.

Rev. Horton Heat

Sunday, May 2

Rev. Horton Heat, Rebirth Brass Band, Eddie 9V, Johnny Sansone Band, Marcella Simien, Bon Bon Vivant, Them Ol’ Ghosts, NOLA School of Rock.

Comedy acts include Sean Patton, Vincent Zambon, and Ukulele Jokes with JQ Palms & Thomas Jones.

In addition to music on two stages and a comedy stage, Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo boasts a curated arts market, a kid’s tent and crafts area, a VIP Canopy Club, and food from over 20 local vendors.

There will also be a silent disco powered by local production company Dohm Collective on Friday and Saturday nights after headlining artists have performed. The festival is also known for its paddling and yoga activities. 

Flotation devices of all sizes and shapes crowd Bayou St. John at Bayou Boogaloo. (Zach Brien, MidCity Messenger file photo)

A 3-day pass is available for $25 through March 6, when the price will increase to $35 This is a General Admission weekend pass with in and out privileges.

On March 6th, single day tickets will go on sale for $15. One single day ticket provides admission on any of the three days.

Canopy Club weekend passes are also available now for $199 and grant re-entry plus access to the Canopy Club VIP area, a shaded oasis next to the stage with comfy seating, front stage access, an elevated viewing deck, private restrooms, and a selection of complimentary beverages and local fare.

Festival-goers who look forward to boating and floating on Boogaloo days will enjoy an enhanced boating experience this year that includes separate entrance gates for all water vessels, plus the addition of the Moss Street Marina.

Every festival attendee on the water will need a regular-priced ticket to the festival for entry, which includes a $2 environmental fee that goes to preserving and protecting Bayou St. John.

Anyone or group who puts a homemade barge in the water will be required to leave a $100 deposit, which will be refunded upon the user’s removal of the barge. All registered barges will be automatically entered into a barge-building contest, the winner of which will receive a prize package from local businesses.

The 2019 art market (Bayou Boogaloo photo)

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