Kid Rock's February release First Kiss hit No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, adding to his more than 25 million albums sold, and the rap-rocker headlines the 21st annual Gretna Heritage Festival at 9:45 p.m. Saturday. The festival fills 25 blocks of downtown Gretna along Huey P. Long Avenue from the riverfront to 6th Street. The music lineup includes Hank Williams Jr. (Friday) and Bret Michaels (Sunday) and many more on the festival's six stages. Friday brings local rockers Sweet Crude and Amanda Shaw. Saturday features Uncle Kracker, Marc Broussard, Colin Lake, Glen David Andrews and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. Performing on Sunday are Lost Bayou Ramblers, Mia Borders, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters and others.
The festival also features amusement rides, a craft beer garden highlighting Louisiana and American microbrewers, an Oktoberfest-themed German beer garden with sausages, pretzels and German foods and an Italian village. There are 80 food booths from local restaurants, plus 10 food trucks. There also are art and craft markets. Free parking and shuttle service is available from Oakwood Center. Single day tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate.