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Ebb & Flow Festival 2018 kicks off the festival season in Baton Rouge

Ebb & Flow Festival 2018 kicks off the festival season in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge’s weather was all mixed up this past weekend, but despite the cold, gloomy, and rainy weather, the festival season officially kicked off with the second annual Ebb & Flow Festival with the theme Baton Rouge to Brazil: Where the Mississippi meets the Amazon. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge brought headliners Grandmaster Flash and Shelia E to Baton Rouge, along with some local artist and natives of Brazil. Nothing ever seems to stop a Louisiana native from celebrating life and heading outdoors to hear incredible live music. Rain and all,the Ebb & Flow Festival provided the city with an experience like no other.
Hundreds of people gathered downtown across from the Raising Canes Rivercenter with the Mississippi River Bridge as their background, it didn’t take long for hips to start moving and people dancing together to the sounds of Lois and Charlie (Brazilian group), Justin Garner (Baton Rouge/Plaquemine native), Soul Rebels (New Orleans based group), and Rock N Roll Hall of Famer, Grandmaster Flash. And this was just Saturday.
Latin Grammy winner Vanessa Da Mata and Grammy-nominated Shelia E hit the iHeart Main Stage on Sunday.
Music was not the only thing happening at the festival. A variety of activities stretched from the Belle of Baton Rouge all the way to the Louisiana Arts & Science Museum (LASM). Adults, children, and everyone in between had something for them.
At LASM the Artspolision Kid’s camp performed Brazilian folktales for the audience and BASF put on demonstrations for the children with their Kid’s Lab in the lobby.
Outside people participated in yoga workshops, even the children, with Redstick Peacemakers. Food trucks provided Brazilian dishes as well as Louisiana favorites like fried gator on a stick.
Inside the Belle of Baton Rouge artist from all over brought their artwork for the Arts Market. The Cumulus stage was the international stage that featured Samba dancing lessons and more.
If you could not make it out for the festivals this weekend, no need to worry because the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is this weekend, April 14 and 15. Need that perfect outfit for festival season, we have you covered as well.

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