Blues Legend Henry Gray performs at Rotary | Arts & Culture
Rotarians and guests were treated to a live performance from Blues Legend Henry Gray. The 86-year-old pianist and singer performed three songs to help promote the Blues fest coming up this weekend, April 14 at the North Boulevard Town Square.
Gray along with Lil' Buck Sinegal will be featured at the Blues fest which starts at noon. The lineup also includes James Johnson, Lightnin' Malcolm with Cameron Kimbrough, the Royal Southern Brotherhood, Johnny Winter, the Young Nation Band Blues Project, Jonathan "Boogie" Long, and Watermelon Slim.
Maxine Crump, one of the founders of the Blues Foundation which hosts the Blues Fest, spoke at Rotary about the history of Baton Rouge Blues music.
Her father owned a nightclub where many of the local blues legends performed.
"If Blues were a gem, it would be a diamond," Crump says. "It's a treasure from the earth."
The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.batonrougebluesfestival.org