Bayou Boogaloo Announces Additional Acts and Food Vendors
The 2022 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, presented by Friends of Bayou St. John, will return to the shores of Bayou St. John for three days May 20-22. The annual three-day neighborhood festival features music on four stages, including the new Brass Barge floating stage stationed in Bayou St. John.
Now in its 16th year, the neighborhood event announced the following updates:
Musical programming: In March, the Bayou Boogaloo released its full lineup featuring Ani DiFranco, Dragon Smoke, Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Soul Rebels, Sonny Landreth and Maggie Koerner. Today, the festival announced three new features: Hell Burlesque, Joshua Starkman and Friends with Gabrielle Cavassa and Sabine McCalla, and Chosen Ones Brass Band, the LB Landry High School Marching Band, and the 2022 winners of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s Class Got Brass competition. The full day-to-day 2022 lineup can be found here.
Food Vendors: In addition to festival favorites like Clesi’s and Mid-City Pizza, Bayou Boogaloo announced several new vendors. Brand new this year is Soule Cafe, a Mid-City neighborhood restaurant that will offer gluten-free and vegan versions of New Orleans classics like meatless red beans and rice, donut fries and bread pudding bites. A new restaurant, Jamaican Jerk House, also joins in the festivities, serving Jamaican jerk chicken, pork and oxtails. Gourmet hot dog spot Dat Dog will debut in Bayou Boogaloo, along with Bub’s Burgers, the hit pop-up that recently moved into a brick-and-mortar storefront on Banks Street. For the first time, there will also be food trucks on the rue Dumaine side of the festival, including The grill master and Southerners, who will serve you their famous fried chicken sandwich. The full list of providers is available here.
Bayou Access: This year, everyone entering Bayou Boogaloo must have a ticket, including those entering through the bayou. There will be two bayou entrances (at Dumaine Street and Toulouse Street) for people with boats, barges and other watercraft, and all participants, both on land and off land, must pass through metal detectors. Attendees with large barges can pre-register their barges, pay a security deposit, and register for a pre-determined time to assemble their barges before the festival for easier and faster entry. To register, go to thebayouboogaloo.com.
Focus on children: The festival offers a special space for children with three full days of programming for children of all ages. The weekend will kick off with the return of Silent Disco with DJ Tom Harvey on Friday night. There will be special programming for children on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. From percussion workshops to dance performances, there will be something for all ages and all tastes. Children can also participate in activities at the Arts and Crafts tent. The festival invites kids to come get creative and join Upturn Arts on Saturday and Art Camp504 on Sunday starting at noon for fun activities, take-home props and a group mural. Nurse Nikki will also return to host the baby changing and feeding tent, a comfortable, shaded space to care for toddlers.
Yoga: Swan River Yoga will host a yoga class on Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the Dumaine stage followed by a sound bath with Michelle Baker. In addition, there will be a family yoga class on Saturday at 12 p.m. in the children’s tent. Annual yoga classes are a quiet and relaxing way to start the day.
Art Market: Finally making a full return for the first time since 2019, this year’s Bayou Boogaloo will feature a curated arts market featuring 60 artists and designers. Showcasing handmade local artwork by regional favorites, the arts market will include metalwork, glass, photography, ceramics and more.
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2022 Poster: This year, the commemorative poster was designed by self-taught Louisiana-born artist Kelly Boyett. Specializing in live painting performances, Boyett began this year’s poster as a live painting at Bayou Boogaloo 2019. The original will be auctioned at this year’s festival. To view the poster and learn more about Boyett, please visit here.
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Canopy Club VIP Lounge: Returning this year, three-day Canopy Club VIP passes are on sale now for $240. Canopy Club passes allow the holder entry to the festival as well as access to the VIP Canopy Club Lounge, a shaded oasis next to the stage with comfortable seating, restrooms, a free bar and unique catering. Canopy Club passes available here.
Three-day general admission weekend tickets with in-and-out privileges are available for $45 and will drop to $55 on May 15. Single-day Saturday + Sunday tickets are also available for $20 but will drop to $30 on May 15. tickets are available for $10 but will drop to $15 on May 15. Tickets can be purchased here.
For more information, visit thebayouboogaloo.com
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo was founded in 2005 and is produced by The Friends of Bayou St. John, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving and preserving the Bayou St. John neighborhood. As always, funds raised at Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo events are used to preserve and protect Bayou St. John and its canopy of trees. Some of the recent projects undertaken by Friends of Bayou St. John include: monthly bayou cleanups, ongoing waste reduction, and the sinking of Christmas trees to create habitats for fish. Currently, Friends of Bayou St. John is funding a feasibility study by a landscape architecture firm to revitalize Bayou St. John’s infrastructure.