North Blvd Town Square
2023 STAGE SCHEDULE
Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor are well known for a syncopated style of music referred to as Louisiana blues, soul, reggae and funk. Their upbeat dance tunes and tongue-in-cheek lyrics gets audiences moving and grooving. He is currently the host of Henry’s Listening Room airing on WLFT and KGLA TV in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Eddie “Cool” Deemer is the resident comic at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room. His ability to string movie titles, candy, liquor and ordinary household products into stories and jokes always make the audience laugh.
Kelton ‘Nspire Harper is a spoken word artist, producer and motivational speaker. A Listening Room All-star he is also host of the TV show “Be a Blessing with “Nspire,” that is currently in production for its second season.
Henry Turner Jr.’s backing band steps on center stage with their jazz, pop and original songs. They are Larry “LZ” Dillon, Jim Masters and Ervin “Maestro” Foster and know as the My Better Half Band.
Owen Scott is a powerful guitar player and thought provoking songwriter who is equally at home writing in various genres music that include blues, pop and rock. He is also a Listening Room All-Star.
Robert “The Juice” Lenoir is a high energy performer whose music covers blues, soul, oldies, Zydeco and others.
Pastor Leon Hitchens is a gospel and soul singer, as well a being an activist. He is known for his upbeat personality, comedy songs and heart wrenching ballads.
The King and Queen of the Gut Bucket Blues are Slim Harpo Award winners. Together they redefine Mississippi Delta and Louisiana Swamp Blues.
John “The Bossman” Hall is a James Brown Tribute act from Philadelphia. He is also an inductee of The Jackie Wilson Foundation Wall Fame. Television appearances include “America’s Got Talent,” with film appearances in “Get On Up” and “Erie Plant Live.” He is also an Apollo Showcase winner.
From Belgium Blues Messenger joins the festival for the first time. Imagine a road trip, from Mississippi to Chicago, with a sprinkle of New Orleans and a pitstop in the Appalachian Mountains. Imagine a dinner party with Son House, Dr. John & Muddy Waters, and a guest appearance by Johnny Cash - not for the faint of heart, but undeniably good for the soul.
Teddy (Lloyd) Johnson spins magic sitting on his throne at Teddy’s Juke Joint in Zachary, LA. He is known for jovial and sometime irreverent sense of humor and for playing incredible selections of R&B music.
The Phoenix Rouge Dance Studio was founded in 2019 by Gwenda Bourgeois. She and her Sassy Belles Troupe join the festival and will a sure hit with festival goers.
Lady Nan’Katherine is President of the Louisiana Belly Dance Association. The solo dancer will do Tribal Dance.
Big Queen Tonya Sylvas returns to the festival and the Pre-Party.
Documentary film director/producer, radio personality, author and activist, Gisele Haralson is the founder of A Celebration of Women and Executive Director of the Child Development Institute.
Kevin White is the newest member of the Listening Room All-Stars. He joins us after spending years touring with Chris Thomas King nationally and worldwide.
Kasey Ball is an accomplished horn player, multi-instrumentalist and head of KB & the Backbeats. He also plays horns for Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor. He returns with his solo act.
BR Mardi Gras Fest Stage Lineup*
10:00 -10:15 Hosts: Giselle Haralson & Teddy Johnson
0:20-10:50 My Better Half Band and Larry “LZ” Dillon (Blues/Jazz)
11:05-11:25 Pastor Leon Hitchens (Gospel/R&B)
11:35-11:55 Kevin White (Funk/Pop)
12:05-12:15 Eddie “Cool” Deemer (Comedy)
12:30-12:50 Kelton 'Nspire Harper ((Motivational)
1:00-1:20 Owen Scott (Blues/Rock) 1:35-2:00 Kasey Ball Presents Soul Loops (Soul)
2:15-2:45 Robert “The Juice” Lenoir (R&B)
3:00-3:20 Blues Messenger (Blues)
3:40-4:00 Phoenix Rouge Belly Dance Troupe
4:15-4:45 SmokeHouse Porter & Miss Mamie (Blues) 5:00-5:45 Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor with Big Queen Tonya Bell Sylvas (Blues/Soul/Reggae) 6:00-6:40 John “The Boss Man” Hall
(James Brown Tribute)
*All times approximate. Lineup subject to change.