Whodini. Slick Rick. Kool Moe Dee. The Sugar Hill Gang. Yo-Yo.
It’s some of the big names that will be performing right here, this weekend for the 3rd Annual Blue Goose Music Festival, May 18-20 at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds.
Tickets are $25 per day or $50 for a three-day pass. Purchase tickets here.
The festival was originally created to honor the rich musical heritage of a hub on the southwest edge of Shreveport’s Central Business District called Bluegoose. Once upon a time, the area, an enclave of the Crosstown neighborhood, was known as the birthplace of the blues where people could hear artists like “J.T. “Funny Papers” Smith, Oscar “Lone Wolf” Woods, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, Mighty Joe Young and many more.
This year’s festival promises to be perhaps one of the biggest music celebrations that Shreveport’s ever seen, not only with the parade of old school hip hop stars coming through, but also with the equally large arsenal of area and regional talent.
In addition to R&B stars like Ginuwine, K’Jon and J.Holiday, the weekend will include performances by Shreveport’s own Navajo and Ljai, both formerly of the R&B group Profyle; A.J. and the Two Tone Blues Band; New Orleans native and hip hop underground star DEE-1; Shreveport native and Glee star J.C. Jones and more.
If that’s not enough to make you want to come, check out the complete lineup here. Meanwhile, for some great ’80s hip hop nostalgia, (corny fashion and all) check out one of my all-time FAVORITE Whodini songs: