Grammy-winning songster Dom Flemons, fiddle prodigy Carson Peters & Iron Mountain and high-energy Cajun band Roux du Bayou will headline the engaging list of musical performers at the 11th annual Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville.
Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, continues many of the musical traditions practiced by the late Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, an iconic African-American string-band musician who grew up in LaFollette and whose life and work are celebrated annually at the festival.
The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is encouraged.
In addition to the headliners, the performers will feature a combination of acclaimed regional and local acts: Crawlspace, Epworth Old Harp Singers, The Hellgramites, Jim Myers, John Myers Band, Kelle Jolly, Sarah Pirkle & Jeff Barbra, Ron Collins & Circle of Friends, Rickard Ridge Pickers, Red Shoes & Rosin, Tennessee Stifflegs, Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Tennessee Sheiks, The Walker Family and God Sent.
The “arts” part of the festival also promises a rewarding experience for attendees. There will be a juried art show, a youth art show and a quilt show.
Entries for the judged quilt show must be dropped off on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at The Quilt Patch, 2221 Jacksboro Pike (Food City Center), LaFollette.
Entries for all categories (adults, teen, youth) in the juried amateur art show will be accepted at Cove Lake State Park Pavilion/Recreation Building on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The Craft Village will offer the creations of some of the region’s finest artists and crafters. Additionally, dozens of food vendors will set up to provide delicious victuals throughout the day. There will be prizes for the two best decorated food booths. Deadline to apply for a craft- or food-vendor space is Friday, Sept. 1. Applications can be downloaded and printed or filled in online at louiebluie.org.
The Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Campbell County, the Tennessee Arts Commission, PCUD, Town of Caryville, Campbell Culture Coalition, Cumberland Trail, City of LaFollette, South Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, LaFollette Eye Clinic, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, LaFollette Utilities, Terry’s Pharmacy, Nationwide Insurance, Gray Insurance, Averra Media, Ayers Auction and Real Estate, WBIR, WDVX, LaFollette Press, WLAF, 91.3 FM WLMU and WCXZ.
Visit louiebluie.org for more details.