The first-ever NOLA Crawfish Festival will welcome some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, food, and craft beer at the NOLA Brewery and Tap Room April 25-27, right in the midst of Jazz Fest season. Featuring talent from some of the most prominent artists to emerge from the Crescent City including George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, special guest Anders Osborne, and more, NOLA Crawfish Festival promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom.
Presented by NOLA Crawfish King, Live For Live Music, and NOLA Brewing Company, the festival will bring together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection – the absolute best crawfish, live music, and beer the city has to offer. The full roster of artists includes George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Papa Mali, Honey Island Swamp Band, Neville Jacobs, June Yamagishi, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins, Terrence Higgins, Brian Stoltz, Eric Vogel, Dave Malone, Johnny Sansone, Mike Zito & The Wheel, Colin Lake, Russ Broussard, and special guest Anders Osborne. Anticipate various superjams, exciting collaborations and surprise sit-ins, all in true New Orleans fashion. A portion of all ticket proceeds will go to The Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation, a local nonprofit whose mission is to raise mental health awareness through advocacy, education, and music.
The festival will run from 3 PM-10 PM each day. Attendees can enjoy over 5,000 pounds of hot boiled crawfish prepared on-site by Chris “Shaggy” Davis and his NOLA Crawfish King staff, 20+ original varieties of ice-cold beer tapped straight from the source, and a specialty brew created just for the event. The three-day event will conclude with the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off, where twenty teams will compete for the best crawfish boil determined by a panel of NOLA celebrity judges.
General admission includes one beer and a guaranteed minimum of two pounds of crawfish with all the fixings. Single day passes will be available, but a three-day pass is the best way to enjoy the full hometown experience. A limited amount of VIP passes will also be available, allowing full 360° access to a festival experience that you will never forget.
4/25: Neville Jacobs (Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs, Tony Hall, Brady Blade), Honey Island Swamp Band, Mike Zito & The Wheel, Colin Lake, Johnny Sansone
4/26: John “Papa” Gros Band (Brian Stoltz, Eric Vogel, Russ Broussard + special guest June Yamagishi), Papa Mali & Friends, Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, George Porter Trio w/ special guest June Yamagishi
4/27: The MVP (Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, & Derwin “Big D” Perkins) + The 2016 NOLA Crawfish Cook-Off with NOLA Celebrity Judges + The Crawfish All-Stars (George Porter, Jr., Terrence Higgins, Billy Iuso, Dave Malone w/ special guest Anders Osborne)