Inaugural music, BBQ and tacos fest kicking off this weekend in Baton Rouge

    What do you get when you mix a little bit of country, a little bit of rock-and-roll along with dashes of south of the border and Americana? Well, if you’re Eric Carnegie and Chris Brooks the result is the inaugural Bandito Festival, which hopes to draw some 8,000 people to downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday.

    Festival producer and restaurateur Eric Carnegie teamed with Chris Brooks, the pair behind the Baton Rouge Oyster Fest, on the new venture, which they hope will provide a downtown business boost this weekend. Though declining to share exact revenue and expense figures, Carnegie says the event cost less than $100,000 to produce.

    “We wanted a national feel but we wanted to focus on Baton Rouge as much as possible,” Carnegie says, adding of the 200 VIP tickets sold, 60 were purchased from out-of-state buyers.

    The free festival—to be held in Galvez Plaza—will also feature a food competition, with local vendors vying for various titles, like Best BBQ or Best Tacos. Bands scheduled to play include Grinders, The Bottle Rockets, The Hitchhiker, Shooter Jennings, Son Volt and Old 97’s.

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