Crawfest to celebrate 10th year of mudbugs, music

Laura Rostad l Print Arcade Editor Michael Ossoguire l Staff Reporter

Besides the return of swampy humidity and sporadic monsoons, spring in New Orleans means festival season – including this weekend’s Crawfest delivered straight to your front door.

This weekend Crawfest will take over the LBC and Newcomb Quads with two stages, 8 bands and 20,000 pounds of crawfish. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the music will carry on until 7 p.m.

Lining the quads’ peripherals, food trucks and booths will offer sliders, barbecue and even Plum St. Snoballs. Other vendors and boutiques will sell local art and jewelry, and Crawfest apparel. Festivities even include intermissions between bands featuring performances by the Central City Dance Team and 610 Stompers; however, many would consider the music lineup to be the main attraction.

The Crawfest music chairs wanted to honor the festival’s legacy in its 10th anniversary while also creating an exciting and different lineup, according to music co-chair Justin Picard.

Picard aimed to choose “funk and jam bands and brass music that are really accessible to anybody; whether you’re in your 60s or you’re a 10-year-old, you’ll have fun with the bands at Crawfest.”

This year’s lineup features acts like Reel Big Fish, Vulfpeck and student band Low Flying Buzzards.

The first performance of the day, Low Flying Buzzards, will play laid-back, funky songs well suited for the outdoor festival setting.

The rock group is comprised of Tulane seniors Basch Jernigan, Max Croy and Henry Aposto along with junior Sean Kenahan and recent additions Loyola senior Evan Hall and Jordan Robertson.

“I feel like it’s the culmination of a special year with a lot of funny twists and turns that we didn’t really foresee,” guitarist and lead vocalist Jernigan said. “The first time that Sean, Max and I got together we were just messing around. None of us would have thought that by the end of the year we would be playing Crawfest.”

To get a better idea of what’s in store for Saturday, check out “Sell Out” by Reel Big Fish on YouTube, Vulpeck’s second EP “Vollmilch,” “No. 1” by Funky Dawgs Brass Band, and Low Flying Buzzard’s repertoire on SoundCloud.

As always, admission is free for Tulane students and costs $10 for the general public.