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  tickets, specific to that race-day. Each runner bib has tickets attached to the bottom and each ticket is good for one beverage or one taste of food. 

Additional Taste Tour Tickets can be purchased at the EXPO in the retail area and at the Finish Festival in the gear shop area. Each ticket is good for one beverage or one taste of food. Tickets are $3 each. 

Saturday will have Showcase Tent food available only, but on Sunday we will be staggering the release of restaurant food stalls throughout the day to make sure everyone gets a taste of local Louisiana food.

Featured 2019 restaurants
  • Gonzales Jambalaya Festival
  • Uncle Larry Roussel’s Gumbo
  • Beausoleil
  • Blend
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Capital City Grill
  • Capitol 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 2020

FRIDAY  // January 17, 2020

SATURDAY @ THE FINISH FEST // January 18, 2020

SUNDAY @ THE FINISH FEST // January 19, 2020

FINISH FEST PARTNERS​

2020 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

SERA BURAS

Sera hails direct from Kiln, Mississippi with the wandering strains of roadhouse blues and rollicking revivals psychically embedded in her songs. Irresistible, pop, country and R&B adorned in her soulful vocal presence and piano playing.

As a singer, songwriter and musician, the creative edge of Sera points to this soulful artist’s deep roots and colorful background in the American South. Growing up the daughter of a Pentecostal minister father (always a bluesman at heart) and a singer/songwriter mother, Sera was raised on the music of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Dolly, Aretha and of course, good ole gospel music. From an early age, she traveled with her family’s tent revivals, leading the musical praise and worship, excelling on vocals, the Hammond B-3 organ and piano.

Striking out on her own, Sera began performing in New Orleans & Mississippi clubs where she garnered quite a local following. As a naturally gifted songwriter, with a strong commercial appeal, Sera penned the number one smash hit “Crazy Chick” for platinum sensation Charlotte Church.

Sera has just recently finished recording her next album, drawing on her natural ability and southern heritage to create a diverse work with universal appeal. She has returned home to her roots in New Orleans, recorded the new project with her band which she produced herself and without the interruption of anyone, relying on her own brand of magic.

Sera feels it will be very poignant and nostalgic, the prodigal daughter returning home to embrace her roots and to record what she calls “the front porch songs” in a historical 1920s church turned studio in New Orleans.

She knows this southern, soulful direction will finally be the sound that her fans and the world will know her for and the album of her career that will touch her many fans.

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WHERE Y’ACHT

Where Y’acht is a New Orleans based Yacht Rock cover band, playing the smoothest music from the late 70s and early 80s.

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YOUR MOM

All Female Rock Band
YOURMOM: The Fierce combination of a positive mental spirit, bold words and unapologetic actions used collectively through music.
Band Members:Dorothy Leblanc – Bass, Sandy Brock – Guitar, Kay Lindsey – Guitar, Debbie Roussel – Drums
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THE GOLDEN GUYS

A spirit troupe that celebrates living your best life, building confidence in others & raising money for the betterment of children in our community!
Get an Original Golden Boy T-shirt, proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital

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