Recent Articles

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is Back with Boat Contests, More Music, Floating Bar
By Suzanne Pfefferla Tafur, The Advocate

Bayou Boogaloo Fence Comes Down After Neighbors Complain
By Chelsea Brasted, | The Times-Picayune

Bayou Boogaloo Fence Draws Ire from Fans on Social Media
By Juan Sanchez, WDSU

Bayou Boogaloo Returns to Bayou St. John
By Will Coviello, Gambit

Bayou Boogaloo 2016: More Music, More Beer and 11th Annual Mid-City Fest
By Chelsea Brasted, | The Times-Picayune

The Beat Goes on at the Bayou
By Geraldine Wyckoff, The Louisiana Weekly

Anders Osborne Added to Bayou Boogaloo
By Sam D’Arcangelo, Offbeat Magazine

Bayou Boogaloo Seeks Volunteers for Festival
By Tyree Worthy, Mid-City Messenger

Bayou Boogaloo 2016 Free Fest to Feature Irma Thomas, The Wailers…
By Doug MacCash, | The Times-Picayune

Bayou Boogaloo Unveils 2016 Line-Up
By Noe Cugny, Offbeat Magazine

Back In The Day

Geno Delafose

At this year’s Bayou Boogaloo we are proud to present Geno Delafose. Mr. Delafose (born February 6, 1971 in Eunice, Louisiana) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose.

Lynn Drury

Lynn Drury’s compositions are as rich and full of visual imagery as life itself. Often autobiographical, each song is carefully crafted around its initial inspiration, ranging from love and loss to beauty and butterflies. Her sound combines the twang and grit of her native Mississippi and the funky grooves of her adopted home of New Orleans. We’ve got Lynn at the festival. Don’t miss her.


Deathbed ballads meet glockenspiels and omnichords. Cajun French choruses are written on iPhones. Indie-rock vibes invade Acadian archives. Welcome to the world of Feufollet, a band both deeply rooted in the francophone soil of Louisiana and pushing boldly into unexplored yet utterly natural varieties of Cajun experience. Come out to see this groundbreaking band at this year’s Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo.

2012 Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl

Saturday, May 19, 2012

This year’s Bicycle Pub Crawl is a fundraiser for The Bayou Boogaloo and The Mid-City Volleyball Group. The suggested donation is $20.

2012 Bayou Boogaloo Disc Golf Tournament

2012 Disc Golf Tournament

On May 13, 2012 Bayou Boogaloo will hold our annual Disc Golf Tournament. This tournament, held in City Park, includes novice divisions, which provide a place for novices to win big. Registration is $25 per individual to enter.

Like To Volunteer?

The 7th annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo festival is shaping up to once again exceed everyone’s expectations. The programming line up of artists, musicians and vendors is looking great.

The success of producing a FREE festival hinges on having a great group of volunteers.

If you are interested in helping out, we will have 2-3 hour shifts on Thursday 5/17, Friday 5/18, Saturday 5/19, Sunday 5/20 and Monday 5/21. The festival will run Friday night (5P-9P), Saturday (11A-9P) and Sunday (11A – 7P). Thursday, Sunday and Monday are for set up and break-down.

Bicycle Second Line on Boogaloo Sunday

Bike Easy is having a bicycle second line on the morning of Sunday May 20. The Second line will begin and end at the Bayou Boogaloo site. Come out to have some fun and get some exercise before having fun at the festival.

For more information check out the Bike Easy site HERE

Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes

Since its inception in 2001, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes has gained a loyal following in a competitive New Orleans music scene. Their unique FUNK/ROCK style blends a hard driving rhythm section reminiscent of the Radiators’ swamp funk added to the punchy horns of Tower Of Power.

Mem Shannon & The Membership

Mem Shannon & The Membership are from New Orleans and while their music is rooted in the blues, it’s soaked through with that Big Easy syncopated sound, oozing with funk. They’ve played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 15 years. Mem has won or been nominated for a ton of “Best Of” awards for Louisiana music and national blues – including several Blues Music Association(formerly W.C. Handy Award) nominations.

NO Sale Tax on Art Vendors

Our art vendors are exempt from sales tax and by extension so are you – so fire up your plastic and convert your gold to cash, it’s time to support the arts-tax free!

FREE Shipping on 2009 Merchandise Through End of Year

Order an Official 2009 Bayou Boogaloo poster and receive FREE shipping during this holiday season. There are a few limited edition signed and numbered 24×36 posters by artist Ellis Chappell left. Order now while supplies last!

Tax Deductible Gift!

Give your family and friends something special this holiday season by becoming a “Friend of the Boogaloo” and receive on of-a kind premiums that make great gifts for loved ones. Whether it’s $10, $25, $50, or $100, all levels keep the Mid City Bayou Boogaloo FREE! Your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The MotherShip Foundation is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to encouraging social change by bringing forth a higher quality of life for all Louisiana and New Orleans residents through the promotion of arts, culture, and recreation.


2010 Boogaloo Dates Announced!!!

The 2010 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo will be held on May 21st through May 23rd.

It is with great pleasure and heartfelt gratitude that we announce the 5th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival that will be held May 21-23, 2010 on the banks of historic and beautiful Bayou St. John. Over the last four years, our event has experienced tremendous growth. 2009 was a milestone year for what has quickly become on the South Louisiana’s signature cultural celebrations.

How to recycle the shirt off your back

How to recycle the shirt off your back

Once the horror of home economic classes, the age-old skill of sewing has taken on a new cool factor.

2009 Bayou Boogaloo Highlights

The 2009 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo was Louisiana’s first green music and arts festival with Solar powered stages, Bio-Diesel generators, locally grown and organic foods, a comprehensive recycling program and sustainable living and coastal restoration education. As always the Festival was a family-friendly event with a kids stage and games and activities for children.

2009 Bayou Boogalooers took part in delicious food, cold beer and libations, listened to great local music, and enjoyed the very best art that New Orleans has to offer.

Photo from Friday evening at Bayou Boogaloo 2009

Thousands attend Friday evening at the 2009 Bayou Boogaloo

photo of thousands at Friday May 22 Bayou Boogaloo 2009

In Memorium: Jim M. Taylor

Jim M. Taylor


With regrets, we are sad to announce the passing of a Mid-City legend, Jim M. Taylor (1950-2009). The 2009 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival is dedicated to the memory of Taylor and the contributions he made to the community. He will share this honor with Fird “Snooks” Eaglin.

Higher Heights

Higher Heights is one of New Orleans’ top reggae acts. Their progressive, socially conscious message unites their blend of traditional Jamaican melodies, hip electronics and dub flavored rhythms. There are few shows more engaging, enlightening and entertaining than a reggae show, and Higher Heights’ set is sure to be among the Boogaloo’s best.

When: Saturday, May 23

Where: Lafitte Stage

Time: 2:00pm

Lynn Drury

Singer-songwriter Lynn Drury’s sharp lyrics, impassioned vocals and bluesy, roots-driven melodies have made her a Crescent City favorite. Her unfading, country twang feels right at home atop a fresh New Orleans groove. Organic, irresistible and evocative, Drury blends the spirit of Ani DiFranco with the warmth of Patty Griffin. Always enchanting, Drury’s set at the Bayou Boogaloo promises to be a memorable occasion.

Soul Rebels Brass


One of the most prominent brass bands to hail from the Crescent City in recent years, the Soul Rebels bring together the sizzle of old school soul, the swagger of modern day hip-hop and the spirit of tradition brass. Their talents have taken them on tour the world over, and their all night romps at Le Bon Temps Roulé have made them favorites here at home. Their music is fresh, funky, visceral and vibrant – the true spirit of New Orleans.

Volunteer for the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

We want to make this year’s Bayou Boogaloo Festival an even bigger success over previous years; the line up of musicians and vendors is looking great. As this is a FREE event, the success hinges on having a great group of volunteers. If you are interested in helping out we will have 4 hour shifts on Thursday 5/21, Friday 5/22, Saturday 5/23 and Sunday 5/24. The festival will run Friday night (5P-9P) and all day Saturday (11A-9P), Thursday and Sunday are for set up and break-down. Areas for volunteers include:

– Parking lot control

Zero Waste

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo festival strives 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.

We’re encouraging our partners, vendors, and participants to help by following the

Zero-Waste Quick Guide

Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl!

Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Start at Bayou Bicycles, 3530 Toulouse Street
Meet at 8:30 a.m., depart at 9:00 a.m.
(Festival starts at 11:00 a.m.)

2009 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Poster

The Official 2009 Bayou Boogaloo Festival poster by Ellis Chappell is available for sale. There will be 300 signed and numbered posters made available to the public.

2009 Program


Help support the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo and your business by advertising in our 2009 program. There will be 10,000 full color programs printed and distributed through out the New Orleans area.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2009.

Click here for submission requirements

Boogaloo 2009

The 4th annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo takes place on Friday May 22 from 5pm -9pm and Saturday May 23, 2009 11am-9pm along the banks of Bayou St. John.

Same great location, same great time!

Articles about Bayou Boogaloo



Bayou Boogaloo Celebrates Mid City with a Sustainable Festival
August 27, 2014 – The New Orleans Advocate/


What’s new with Bayou Boogaloo 2014
May 12, 2014 – Gambit/




Bayou Boogaloo 2015
March, 2015 –

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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo festival marks seven years of living local
May 17, 2012 – The Times-Picayune/

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo expands children’s area in its seventh year
May 19, 2012 – The Times-Picayune/

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo starts Friday evening in New Orleans
May 20, 2011 – The Times-Picayune/

Duck races at Bayou Boogaloo raise money for the hungry
May 17, 2010 – The Times-Picayune/

How to recycle the shirt off your back
May 25, 2009 – The Times-Picayune/

Boon on the Bayou: Greek Festival New Orleans and Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo
May 21, 2009 – The Times-Picayune/


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Bayou Boogaloo 2009
May 22, 2009 –

Mid-City kicks off summer with Bayou Boogaloo, a celebration of music, food, and local crafts held on the banks of Bayou St. John

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo


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Bayou Boogaloo and music galore keep us attuned and in tune
May 18, 2009 – Louisiana Weekly


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One Man Gives Back, With Music
May 25, 2009 – New York Times Student Journalism Institute


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Bayou Boogaloo in N.O. struggles for sponsors
May 20, 2009 – New Orleans City Business