4th Annual Soul Food Festival announces talent lineup for three-day event

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The 4th Annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival is pleased to announce the talent line-ups for the three day event.

On Thursday, June 24 at Henry Turner Jr.s’ Listening Room, a Greens, Beans and Chicken Wings Pre-Party will open the festival. The evenings’ entertainment includes performances by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, the Listening Room All-Stars that include Larry ‘LZ’ Dillon, Kelton ‘Nspire’ Harper, Wynda Paul, Melerbee, Ras Wayne Vicks and comedian Eddie “Cool” Deemer. Special guests are Challa Sabre, Katrina, Doug Brousseau and the River City All Stars, and R&B singer Lady Bain from Houston. DJ is Teddy ‘Lloyd’ Johnson of Teddy’s Juke Joint. Tickets are $25 and include a buffet and soft drink.

On Saturday, June 26 at Riverfront Plaza in downtown Baton Rouge the festivities open at 11am. The talent lineup features gospel, contemporary Christian, soul, blues, R&B and reggae artists. Performers in order of appearance are blues folk singer Jonathan Foster from California, Pastor Leon Hitchens, Konai Adelphia an R&B/gospel group from Knoxville, Christian singer Belwin, Special Olympian and motivational rapper David “Price$$ Lion” Steffan from Nebraska, gospel singers Anthony J. Veal and the PEW, R&B/Soul singer Lady Bain from Houston, Larry “LZ” Dillon, comedian Eddie ‘Cool’ Deemer, Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, the Real Southern Grace Band from Memphis and Xavie Shorts. Saturday’s musical lineup ends with a Jam lead by Joe Monk of Club Elite. Hosts are Teddy Johnson of Teddy’s Juke Joint and television personality Whitney Vann. 

Kerwin Fealing

Sunday’s lineup opens with blues singer Greg Robinson Jr., R&B artist Melerbee, blues rocker Owen Scott, David “Price$$ Lion” Steffan, Soul Singer James Jr. from Mississippi, House Of God Ministries Gospel Choir, ‘Nspire and the Inspiration Band, comedian Eddie “Cool” Deemer, Henry Turner, Jr. & Flavor, blues greats SmokeHouse Porter and Miss Mamie, smooth jazz band Infiniti and the festival closes out with Eric G Soul Spectrum Band. In addition to Teddy Johnson and Whitney Vann, special guest co-host is Christian radio host Kerwin Fealing of WTQT, 106.1. The talent lineup is subject to change. Please check the website for exact times.

“Special Guests include the Kings and Queens of Mr. Black Louisiana and Miss Black Empowerment. They will be there to Empower, Enhance, Encourage and Educate your SOUL. So come meet the Royal Court,” said festival organizers.

The Pioneer Award, for outstanding contributions to the soul food industry, will be will presented on Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm. This years’ recipient is Lizzie’s Restaurant. Accepting the award are Lizzie Griffin’s son Ricky and daughter Kwanda. Griffin was famous in the community for lovingly making hearty soul food dishes for patrons of the former bar room Night Cap. 

The Soul Food Cooking Competition winners for entrees and side dishes will be announced at 2:30pm on Saturday and the winners in the appetizers, desserts, and drinks will be announced Sunday at 4:30pm. The contest is open to entrants until Friday, June 18. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category.   

Presenting sponsor is Louisiana Film Channel. Sponsors include Blue Runner, Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room Museum Foundation, the Mayor-Presidents Office of Baton Rouge, Piyahhhhh!! Seasonings, Cutting Edge Music Conference, E Eric Guirard Injury Lawyers, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and River Parishes Tourist Commission. Community Partners are Visit Baton Rouge, Tactical Impact Security, Off Beat Magazine and Where Y’at Magazine, Pushback LLC and Hotel Indigo.

The Soul Food Festival is family friendly, free to the public and also features a Vendors Village. VIP tickets, available on the website, include food, beverages and photo ops with the talent. For more information: www.brsoulfoodfest.com or call 225-802-9681.