FinishFest

5 bands
20+ restaurants
1 Incredible Party

FINISH FEST OVERVIEW

The Finish Festival is open to the public and features mouth-watering Louisiana food and an eclectic variety of local music. Last year, more than 24,000 runners, spectators, foodies and music lovers enjoyed the two-day festival.

The Finish Festival cranks up when runners participating in the Louisiana 5k, Quarter Marathon and Kids Marathon cross the finish line near the State Capitol Park on Saturday of The Louisiana Marathon.  The Finish Fest continues on Sunday, following the Louisiana Marathon and Half Marathon.

Finish Fest takes place at AZ Young Park

A Taste of Louisiana

The Louisiana Marathon Finish Festival showcases some the best cuisine around. Our restaurant partners work hard to make your mouth water with all of your favorite Louisiana dishes!  The Food Village at the Finish Festival has something for everyone. Local favorites like Jambalaya, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Butternut Squash and Shrimp Bisque, Crawfish Étouffée, Red Beans and Rice, and Crawfish Mac and Cheese.

We will have Jambalaya, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Shrimp and Okra Gumbo, and a Veg/Vegan offerings at our showcase tents on Saturday and  Sunday.  After the festival on Saturday, we encourage you to expand your taste pallet and head on over to the Louisiana Street Food Festival located in front of the River Center where there will be food selections from all over Louisiana.  On Sunday in addition to our showcase tents, we will expand the selection to feature local Louisiana restaurants.

The Finish Festival is open to the public. For access to food and beverages, you must have a Taste Tour Pass Wristband, or a ticket specific to that race-day. The wristband is free to runners and is attached to their bibs. Additional Taste Tour Tickets can be purchased at the Expo on Friday and Saturday or in the Gear Shop Sunday at the Finish Festival.  $18 for 6 tickets or $4 each.

Wristbands allow for six servings from either a food booth or beer truck. (Beer is only available for adults 21 and over.)  Crave a serving of jambalaya and a beer? That’ll be two punches on your wristband. Two servings of jambalaya, a serving of Crawfish Étouffée, two beers, and some Red Beans and Rice? That’s six punches. The wristband also provides a choice of bottled Powerade or Dasani water.

Featured 2019 restaurants
  • Gonzales Jambalaya Festival
  • Uncle Larry Roussel’s Gumbo
  • Beausoleil
  • Blend
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Capital City Grill
  • Capital City Produce
  • Cocha
  • City Pork
  • FRESHJUNKIE
  • Hanley’s Foods
  • Jimmy Johns
  • King Bar & Bistro (Hotel Indigo)
  • Leaf & Co.
  • MJ’s Cafe
  • PJ’s Coffee
  • The Big Cheezy
  • The Gregory
  • The Stadium Bar & Grill (L’Auberge)
  • Walk-Ons

WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINMENT

Kick off those running shoes and enjoy your Louisiana cuisine along with the music like a true local. The Finish Festival will spotlight funky, eclectic Louisiana bands that attract visitors from around the globe year-round.

The Finish Festival is proud to offer an incredible line up of outstanding local talent on both festival days. Like previous years, the festival anchors the experience and complements the course.

MUSICAL LINEUP 2019

FRIDAY  // January 18, 2019

  • 5:00 pm – The Michael Foster Project will Second Line around Expo inside Raising Canes The River Center followed by a short set.
  • And for all of the foodies out there, we will be hosting a fun new lagniappe event called Meanwhile Back at Café Du Monde”.  This new event will feature 5 locals sharing their love stories with food.

SATURDAY @ THE FINISH FEST // January 19, 2019

  • 9:00 am The Michael Foster Project
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Pine Leaf Boys

SATURDAY @ THE LOUISIANA STREET FOOD FEST – ACROSS FROM THE EXPO

  • 11:00am – 5:00 pm – Eat & Drink – 20+ Street Food Chefs
  • 12:00 pm – 2:30pm – Michot Melody Makers

SUNDAY @ THE FINISH FEST // January 20, 2019

  • 9:30 am – Lilli Lewis
  • 11:30 – 610 Stompers
  • 12:00 pm – Quiana Lynell
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2019 FEATURED MUSICIANS

Michael Foster Project

 
The leader of this multi-genre group, Michael Foster started playing music at a young age. He attended Southern University were he was a member of the “Human Jukebox” (S.U. Marching Band).

Foster’s band-mates, many of them also music teachers and band directors, got together at Southern. “We met at the department of music,” Foster says, “and in the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.” The band initially included Frank Williams on trombone and keyboards, as well as sharing composing and arranging duties with Foster; tenor saxophonist Kier Johnson; altoist Fred Jackson; Wendell Tilford playing trumpet; and Ronald Moss on drums and percussion. Foster says he was introduced to the funky grooves of brass jazz by his old roommate at Southern, Julius McKee. “We were both sousaphone players,” Foster says, “He was from New Orleans, and he introduced me to the Dirty Donzen brass band. We used to sit in our room listening to those tapes until they wore out.”

The listening sessions paid off. McKee is now the sousaphone player with the Dirty Dozen, and he also introduced Foster to Donna Sims. Ms. Sims would go on to start up the Rampart Record Label and Record the Michael Foster Project’s debut release, “Kick Some Brass.” The Project was voted “Best New Brass Band or Performer,” after the release by OFFBEAT Magazine’s “Best of the Beat” awards. In addition, one of the tracks recorded (“Chicken Grease”) was included on WWOZ’s “Sounds of New Orleans” compilation CD ..13, in the Spring of 2000. The response to their debut release would also trigger innumerable comparisons to the Dirty Dozen.

Michael Foster’s work with his group has earned him recognition by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, as their Arts Ambassador. He has gone into school systems around the south talking to young students about the importance and traditions of jazz music, as well as inspiring them to practice and keep the music alive. Over time the Michael Foster Project has had a plethora of talent to perform with, as members of the group. They include Maurice Brown, Simon Lott, Chris Lee, Quamon Fowler, and many others. The core group now consist of Doug Gay on drums; John Gray on trumpet; Emanuel Turnipseed on trombone; and the leader himself Michael Foster on Sousaphone, electric bass, and acoustic bass. The Michael Foster Project has also joined the Continuum Music family, with plans on recording in 2004. Discography: “Kick Some Brass” – Rampart Records “Weapons of Brass Destruction” – Continuum Music/Big Bell Music

The 610 Stompers
The 610 Stompers are many things but, first and foremost, we are Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves. Since our birth in 2009, we have evolved and grown into a 100-man strong, all male dance group whose bold mission is to return the ordinary man to the glory of dance. Men from their 20s to their 80s now proudly call themselves 610 Stompers, drawn from all walks of life and from across the country. While we come from many places, New Orleans is our birthplace and will always be our home. Only here could we create and nurture and grow the singular brand of entertainment we bring to the masses. As diverse as we are, we each share a passion for dance that fires when we see the faces of our fans light up as we dance by. And entertainment is not all our moves bring – the 610 men not only have extraordinary moves, we have extraordinary hearts. Along with our 610 Splits, the strong and beautiful women who protect us, the Stompers have not only performed for more charitable causes than we can count, along the way we’ve raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to those causes. We call it “using our powers for good” and it’s one of the best things about being a 610 Stomper. But while spreading charity is a big part of what we are about, spreading our passion for dance is the true soul of our group and our lasting mission. It’s what keeps us going and growing and dancing into the hearts (and feet) of our fans. We’re coming your way, so get ready to get down with the 610 Stompers. The 610 Splits are the parade of strong, beautiful women devoted to one cause: protecting the men that entertain them – The 610 Stompers. The Splits are the security component of the club, risking their lives on the route, fighting back the endless lines of hot women and wannabe men…throwing themselves at the stompers. The fans from time to time will ask, “What sort of compensation do the Splits receive for their service to the Stompers?” No matter which of the ladies you ask, the answer is always the same: “The dancing is payment enough.  Learn More >>
Quiana Lynell

“A smile, a sound, a calling with passion and soul. These are the things that come to mind when trying to describe a serious vocal discovery. Quiana Lynell is already a vocal presence. ‘Where have you been and why am I just hearing about you’ was my thought when I first heard her sing. A unique, but warm, comforting voice that will make you reflect. However, she’s not only a voice, but a composer as well with something to say.” –Terence Blanchard, 4-Time Grammy Winner and Blue Note Recording Artist & Producer.
The 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition winner, Quiana Lynell infuses her classical training with her gospel upbringing and approaches jazz as a storyteller. Her mesmerizing performances can only come about because Quiana believes every word that journeys from her soul. She hits every note with perfect timing and impeccable pitch. If Sam Cooke were alive to hear her performance of his classic, “A Change is Gonna Come,” he might say, “yeah…that is what I meant.”
A graduate from Louisiana State University’s music department, Quiana is able to harness her voice as a true instrument and perform various genres of music while maintaining her own sound.
As a performer, arranger and songwriter, Quiana is making her statement on the music scene. “When I heard Quiana sing, I immediately invited her to share the stage with me in Poland with my band and a 75 piece orchestra. After just one rehearsal, Nona Hendryx (from the iconic R&B group LaBelle) invited her to perform a duet on ‘A Change is Gonna Come.’ Quiana commanded that stage and left us all with the same feeling as my initial thought, ‘who are you and where have you been,'” recalled Blanchard.
This past July, Quiana went into Esplanade Studios in New Orleans to record some tracks with Blanchard (trumpet, synths), Jon Cowherd (piano, organ), Marvin Sewell (guitars), David Pulphus (bass), and Eric Harland (drums, percussion). Some originals and some classics, all uniquely approached to breathe a new purpose, a new sound into these melodies.
Don’t be the last to discover what Europe, many musicians and concert promoters already know, Quiana Lynell is on her way to becoming one of the most important vocal discoveries in jazz.

THE PINE LEAF BOYS

Louisiana’s finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Louisiana music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Louisiana music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described in the New York Times as, “… the link that connects the young and the old generations,” and, “the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time,” the Pine Leaf Boys play the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto.
The Pine Leaf Boys have been invited on six occasions by the U.S. State Department to tour the world and present true music to Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Jerusalem in 2009 and again to Latvia, Denmark, and Slovenia is 2010 and a third time to the “Stan” countries in 2012 (Uzbek, Tajik, and Kyrgz). The variety and energy they release evolves through their shows, bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco. Their mission is to present the beautiful, powerful music of their ancestors and present the real Cajun music to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life. The Pine Leaf Boys have preserved the traditional Cajun sound, while allowing it to breathe and stretch with those who play it. Click here to see a list of the last 11 years of touring around the 23 countries and 47 states.

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LILLI LEWIS

Lilli Lewis is an artist who simply defies classification. Having been said to hold “Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s virtuoso commitment to her instrument and Odetta’s vocal power, creating a show that is a force of nature,” Lewis is a classically trained singer/composer of rare grace and grit has been making music since the age of three. A prolific writer, producer and arranger, her bold national label debut LP “The Henderson Sessions” (Louisiana Red Hot Records, 2018) finds Lewis armed with only her piano and a soulful, stirring voice, effortlessly straddling multiple musical genres with a series of deeply personal and thoroughly global songs that cut to the emotional core and tap into a powerful social consciousness inspired by her father’s sermons and southern choirs in rural Georgia churches paired with the northern sensibilities of her civil rights activist mother. Whether performing as a sought after soloist or with her ensemble, Lilli Lewis’ deft touch and wide heart “makes you want to put your hands in the air, shout hallelujah,” singing with “enough energy to power a large city.”
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