Festival traffic pattern will change

Published 3:21 pm Friday, September 18, 2015

Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper said the police department is making some changes to traffic flow during the fourth Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival.

The festival is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, in Cassidy Park.

“There is going to be a few changes from what we’ve done in the past during the festival,” Culpepper said. “We’re going to open up Willis Avenue Friday and Saturday, so Willis Avenue will not be closed. We’ll have barricades lining both sides of the road and will have parking for handicap, VIP on Willis Avenue with overflow parking on Willis for those two lots.”

Culpepper said temporary speed bumps will also be installed Friday and Saturday along Willis Avenue.

“We want people to be aware of those speed bumps. We want people to be very aware of all pedestrian traffic,” he said. “There will be a lot of traffic congestion during the festival and we need people to pay attention and avoid the area if at all possible.”

Culpepper said the department would erect signs to show designated parking areas. Members of the Bogalusa Jr. ROTC and other volunteers will assist drivers to their designated parking sports.

“We’re be working with the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival board members to ensure everybody has a safe and good time,” Culpepper said.

Keb’ Mo’ is the festival headliner and will close out the event Saturday, Sept. 26, on the Blues Stage. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers are the final group on the Heritage Stage on that day.

The Blues Stage artists on Friday, Sept. 25, include Lil Red & Big Bad, Littler Freddie King and Tinsley Ellis.

On Saturday, artists performing on the Heritage Stage include Man Overboard Big Band from Mandeville High School, Remedy, Beware of Bear, Tea J. Moore and Gal Holliday & The Honky Tonk Revue.

Artists performing on Saturday’s Blues Stage include Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Mia Borders, Johnny Sansone, Jon Cleary and The Absolute Gentlemen and Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Tickets are $10 per day. BBHF officials estimated 7,500 attended the 2014 festival, but BBHF Director Malinda White said she wouldn’t be surprised if 10,000 or more attend this year.

“We’ve increased our level of musicians,” White said, in an earlier interview. “They are guaranteed to bring in many folks. They definitely have a following.”