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Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor are well known for the syncopated style of music that is called Louisiana blues, soul, reggae and funk. Their tongue-in-cheek lyrics and upbeat dance tunes gets their audiences movin’ and groovin’.

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Kelton ‘Nspire Harper is a spoken word artist, producer, and motivational speaker. A Listening Room All-star he is also host of the upcoming TV show “The Artists' Platform."

2023 LINEUP

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The King and Queen of the Gut Bucket Blues, the legendary award winning SmokeHouse Porter and Miss Mamie return to the festival. 

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Ben E. Hunter is known for original songs described as New Orleans Afro-Caribbean Folk music that intimately combines the closely related musical histories of reggae, Black masking Indian chants, and West African beats.

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R&B/Soul artist Deewoocy makes his debut at the festival in support of his latest single “My All”. His is also a producer and current performer at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room. 

The resident comic at Henry Turner Jr.s’ Listening Room, Eddie “Cool” Deemer, has an ability to string movie titles, candy and household products into stories that make people laugh. 

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Louisiana singer/songwriter Larry “LZ” Dillon, drummer Jim Masters and Ervin "Maestro" Foster are Henry Turner Jr.s’ Listening Room All Stars and House Band. Together they appear as My Better Half performing smooth jazz.  

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The Phoenix Rouge Dance Studio was founded in 2019 by Gwenda Bourgeois. She and her Sassy Belles Troupe join the festival and will also do interactive demonstrations with festival goers. 

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Singer/songwriter Owen Scott joins the lineup as the newest member of the Listening Room All-Stars. His blues, rock and pop songs are always a crowd pleaser. 

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Kevin White is the newest member of the Listening Room All-Stars. He joins us after spending years touring with Chris Thomas King nationally and abroad. 

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Ambush Reggae Band is a New Orleans based old school quintet  that has regularly performed all over the south east area for the past fifteen years.

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Krazy D joins the festival in support of his current single, “Put Down Da' Guns” from this “Bog City” album. He was also the opening act for MC Nero. 

Katrina is an R&B singer who performs at Henry Turner Jr.s Listening Room.

A TASTE OF THE DEEP SOUTH    TALENT     STAGE TIMES  

Location: Riverfront Plaza, 300 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
       
SATURDAY, Oct. 7: * All times approximate, subject to change
12:00-12:30     DJ – Reggae Music         
12:45-1:15       Xavie Shorts                                Contemporary Christian
1:30-2:00         Phoenix Rouge Dance Studio     Belly Dancing      
2:10-2:30        Carriesa                                       EMD/Soul/R&B        
2:45-4:15        Ben E. Hunter                               Afro/Caribbean        
4:30-5:00        Princess Teha                               African/World Beat      
5:15-6:45        Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor with Ras Wayne Vicks and

                       Kevin White                                   Reggae        
7:00-8:30        Ambush Reggae Band                 Reggae              
   

SUNDAY, Oct. 8:*
12:00-12:25    Host: Gisele Haralson -    Opening Remarks
12:30-12:45    TBA              
12:50-1:10     Mike Da’Kidd                                 Rap              
1:15-1:45        Deewoocy                                     R&B/Soul            
1:50-2:00        Eddie Cool                                    Comedian
2:10-2:40        ‘Nspire and the Inspiration Band  Motivational              
2:30-2:45        Katrina                                           Soul                    
3:00-3:30        Ervin “Maestro” Foster                  Smooth Jazz            
3:40-4:00        Neebee Soul                                 Soul                
4:15-4:45        Owen Scott                                   Blues                
5:00-5:30        Kevin White                                  Pop/Funk            
5:40-6:00        Krazy D                                         Rap
6:15-7:00        Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor              Blues/Soul, Funk        
7:10-to close  SmokeHouse Porter and Miss Mamie   Blues            
*Lineup subject to change and all times approximate

Houston based Carriesa is a talented R&B/Soul and EDM artist, songwriter and producer. Over the years, she has produced an eclectic mix of studio and recordings that are synonymous with her signature sound, that encourage and uplift.

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Neebee Soul’s energetic live shows are fun with lush soundscapes and big choruses. She draws her inspiration from artists she has worked with that include Kermit Ruffin, Irma Thomas and Kenny Neal. Current single is “Ain’t Gonna Do Right.” 

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Princess Teha is of Nigerian descent. She has been singing Contemporary Christian and Gospel Music since the age of four. Her angelic voice has been described as an awesome gift from God.

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Xavie Shorts is an award-winning pop, blues and R&B singer/songwriter. His smooth singing style, combined with his contemporary lyrics always make the ladies smile. 

Documentary film director/producer, radio personality, author and activist, Gisele Haralson co-hosts the festival. She is the founder of A Celebration of Women and Executive Director of the Child Development Institute. 

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Ras Wayne Vicks is a singer/songwriter. He is a former member of Higher Heights and one of Henry Turner Jr.’s backup singers. 

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