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The 7th Annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival is family friendly and free to the public. It features blues, soul, R&B, gospel and Christian music, along with a Vendor’s Village, a judged Soul Food Cooking Contest and Pioneer Award for contributions to the Soul Food industry. VIP tickets that include food, soft drinks, photo ops are $25.00 per person. VIP tickets for two that include T-shirts, a free CD of “Now” by co-headliner Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor and additional perks are $100.00. 

The Soul Food Cooking Competition categories include Meats, Vegetable and Side Dishes, Breads and Desserts, Appetizers and Soups, Beverage and Ices. Criteria includes Presentation, Taste, and the Story or History behind each dish. Ten entrants in each category will be pre-selected by the Soul Food screening committee. Upon acceptance the entry fee is $20.00, $30.00 for walk-ups, if slots are available. Contestants need to bring enough food for six people the day of their judging. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category. Downloadable forms and additional instructions are available on the website. Vendor slots are also available. 

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Solo Concert Series III. Five week music series performed by Henry Turner, Jr. with special guests. Saturday, May 25 to Saturday, June 22 from 10-11pm.  Live and available on Facebook at


Blues Camp III- Curriculum/Syllabus
Week 1: (February 24)  
Blues Song Structure: “Swinging in the Room” written by Henry Turner, Jr.
Breakdown of rhythm section with Henry Turner, Jr.-guitar, Jim Masters-drums, King Solomon-bass, Ervin “Maestro” Foster-keyboards. Structure is one, four, five shuffle, with a walking bass line. Concentration is on guitar chords..
History of the Blues: What is blues and how was it created? Examples of various types of Louisiana blues – Swamp, New Orleans style, Contemporary Jazz/blues, slow, fast etc.   
Music Business: Music Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Promotion with Director Eric Cager, of the CE     Conferences and Events

Week 2: (March 2)
Blues Song Structure: Breakdown of rhythm section with a concentration on bass lines. 
History of the Blues: The Early Years 1950 to 1970, blues artists who pioneered the Baton Rouge sound such as Slim Harpo band mates Rudy Richards and Jesse Kinchen, Tabby Thomas, the Neal Family, Lazy Lester, etc. 
Music Business: Creative Writing and Tips for the Musician with journalist Hedi Butler 

Week 3 (March 9) 
Blues Song Structure: Breakdown of rhythm section with a concentration on drums. 
History of the Blues: Current blues musicians Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal, Joe Monk, etc. (1980-present)
Music Business: What Does a Publicist Do?, with Marcia Groff 

Week 4 (March 16) 
Blues Song Structure: Breakdown of rhythm section with a concentration on keyboards.
History of the Blues: Influence of Baton Rouge artists worldwide. 
Music Business: How to Create and Use Language with Spoken Word artist Kelton 

Week 5 (March 23) 
Blues Song Structure: Participation in learned song with the band, both virtual and in audience.
History of the Blues Recap: Henry Turner Jr.
Music Business: What it’s like to be a touring musician with Kevin White 

Festivals endorsed and co-produced by the Foundation

The Listening Room Museum Foundation is proud to bring these events to our community in Baton Rouge.

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