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Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival 

9:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 17-18

Lafayette Square Park, 580 St. Charles Ave., 558-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents a bluesy barbecue in the CBD. Buddy Guy (pictured), Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Sonny Landreth and T-Model Ford perform alongside a raft of ribs and brisket vendors. A concert by Richie Havens (8:30 p.m. Friday, Howlin' Wolf; tickets $20) and a lecture by ethnomusicologist Charles Keil (7 p.m. Monday, Jazz & Heritage Center) bookend the festivities. Free admission.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY GARY LOVERDE

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