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Seven music festivals in New Orleans for fall 2017 

'Tis the season

click to enlarge Barbara Lynn performs at 2017's Ponderosa Stomp.

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Barbara Lynn performs at 2017's Ponderosa Stomp.

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival

Sept. 29-30

A bona fide home to blues music, Bogalusa opens Cassidy Park for two days of music on two stages. The Blues Stage hosts Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Colin Lake on Friday, and Saturday caps off with Samantha Fish and North Mississippi Allstars. Louisiana's LeRoux returns to Washington Parish to headline Saturday on the Heritage Stage. Tickets: $10 Friday, $15 Saturday, $25 weekend pass, $150 VIP, $50 tent camping, $300 RV camping. Cassidy Park, Bogalusa;


Gretna Heritage Festival

Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Gretna Fest presents the best of yesteryear: headliners KISS (Saturday), Huey Lewis and the News (Friday) and The B-52s (Sunday). The lineup also includes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, G. Love and Special Sauce, Roddy Romero & the Hub City All-stars and others. A 25-block section of downtown Gretna is packed with four music stages, carnival rides, a German beer garden, an Italian village and food, art and craft vendors. Tickets: $20 advance-purchase single-day admission, $25 single day at the gate, premium pit $90, $47.50 advance purchase weekend pass, $60 weekend pass at the gate and $450 VIP. Downtown Gretna, Huey P. Long Boulevard;


Ponderosa Stomp

Oct. 5-7

This is an expertly curated collection of too-good-to-be-forgotten talents and early rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, R&B, swamp pop, garage rock, Cajun and zydeco. There are two concert showcases at the Orpheum Theater. Friday includes Roky Erickson performing with the 13th Floor Elevators, Barbara Lynn, The Gories, Archie Bell ("Tighten Up"), Doug Kershaw and others. Saturday brings The Mummies, Gary U.S. Bonds, Don Bryant and the Bo-keys, Eve and the Exiles and a Texas honky-tonk revue. There's also a record show and music conference at the Ace Hotel. Tickets: $70 single night, $128 weekend pass. Orpheum Theater;


Flambeau Fest

Oct. 7-8

Flambeau Fest presents Sam Hunt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr. and Blackberry Smoke on its main stage, and there's a stage for up and coming country acts and a songwriters' stage. Tickets: $85 single-day, $149 two-day pass, VIP packages are $319-$679. Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzalez;


Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Oct. 13-15

There's plenty of meat on the bone in a festival that includes Robert Cray, Grady Champion, Bobby Rush, Deacon John's Jump Blues, Little Freddie King, Samantha Fish and others, plus various regional styles of barbecue. Free admission. Lafayette Square;


Voice of the Wetlands

Oct. 13-15

This annual gathering raises awareness about wetlands loss and features regional blues talents. Friday night his highlighted by guitarists Tab Benoit, Brian Stoltz, Ed Wills, "Boogie" Long, Colin Lake and Josh Garrett sharing the stage. Saturday brings Honey Island Swamp Band and Benoit. Late-night jam sessions are a bonus for attendees camping at the festival. Free admission. 5403 West Park, Houma;


Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Oct. 27-29

Kendrick Lamar and Foo Fighters top a packed lineup at the annual rock, hip-hop and EDM festival in City Park. Joining them are, The Killers, a revitalized LCD Soundsystem, Cold War Kids, soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley, Chicano Batman, Afghan Whigs, The Head and the Heart, Crystal Castles, Post Malone and others. Tickets $140 (through Sept. 21) for three-day pass. New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds.

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