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Our Living Legend gives a look behind the scenes of the Baton Rouge Blues Era and its impact on the music industry. A teenage Henry Turner, Jr. began his career in funk and blues music traveling the juke joint circuit accompanied by Zack the Cat, a shotgun in the trunk, 38 under the seat, 22 in the pocket and a six inch knife type of bluesman. Our Living Legend talks about the Listening Room, a new type of creative art venue; speculates on what happened to Michael Jackson; cultural economy and the reasons for the Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival.

The 6th Annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival will be held May 20 and 21, 2023 at Riverfront Plaza, 300 S. River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, from 11:00am to 8:00pm daily. The family friendly event is free to the public. It features blues, soul, R&B, gospel and Christian music, along with a Vendor’s Village, a judged Soul Food Cooking Contest and Pioneer Award for contributions to the Soul Food industry.

A Pre-party will be held on Thursday, May 18 at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room located at 2733 North Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, from 7:00pm midnight. Admission is $30.00 and includes a Soul Food buffet and No-host bar. For more information call 225-802-9681 or visit
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