Baton Rouge – The 4th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival VIP Pre-Party Fundraiser will be held on Feb. 23 at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The event will feature Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor. Some of the Listening Room All Stars expected include Uncle Chess, April “Sexy Red” Jackson, Larry “LZ” Dillon, Miss Fenxx, Lee Tyme, Xavier Shorts, D-Whit and the comedy troupe CIA featuring Scott Lewis and Eddie “Cool” Deemer.

Special guests to date are Ken Petersen, Wild Man Vincent Carter and Wild Queen of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians and a second line parade featuring the Sunrise Brass Band. Additional acts expected to appear could include Normal Bean and George Walker with the Merry Pranksters.

The venue is located at 2733 North Street in Baton Rouge. A suggested donation of $25 is requested and includes food. Non-alcoholic drinks and water are available for purchase. Attendees may BYOB.

Pre-sale VIP tickets with extra perks, for this years’ expanded event are $25 and $50 and are available on the websites www.brmardigrasfest.com or www.henryslisteningroom.com or by calling 225-802-9681.

The 4th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at North Boulevard Town Square, located at 200 North Boulevard in Baton Rouge. The family-friendly event is free to the public.

Opening the show at 10 a.m. is Teddy (Lloyd) Johnson of Teddy’s Juke Joint, who will spin tunes and bring his southern charm, humor, insights and storytelling to the show between sets, along with DJ Chat.

Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room All-Stars will perform until noon. They include Louisiana singer/songwriter Larry “LZ” Dillon, R&B and southern soul singers, Uncle Chess and April “Sexy Red” Jackson, blues rapper Lee Tyme and blues, hip/hop songstress Miss Fenxx.

Following them, direct from Atlanta, Georgia, is hip/hop artist Bakari B. At 12:30 p.m. Florida based singer/songwriter and former Plastic Ono Band member Ken Petersen takes the stage followed hometown favorite Clarence “Pie Man” Williams and the Baton Rouge Band.

New Orleans icons Ernie Vincent and Top Notes shake it up at 2:00pm, followed by the legendary Al “Carnival Time” Johnson at 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. finds Wildman Vincent Carter and Wild Queen of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, capturing the excitement of the day backed by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor.

Normal Bean, George Walker and the Merry Pranksters, all the way from Oregon, add their psychedelic rock melodies into the mix at 4:30, and closing the days’ festivities will be Baton Rouge’s own Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, known for their style of Louisiana blues, reggae, soul and funk, and of course, “The Baton Rouge Theme” song. Please note the lineup may be subject to change.

The 4th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival features a Vendor Village, visual artists, ‘Taste of Louisiana’ meals, festival food favorites and beverages. Lawn seating, so bring your chairs.

For up to the minute updates and information, please call 225-802-9681 or visit www.brmardigrasfest.com.

Special VIP package offers that include unlimited food, T-shirts and free downloads are available on the website.

Sponsors and supporters include the Jazz Foundation of America, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Tio Javi’s Mexican Restaurant and T-Watt Amplifiers.

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