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  • Ascension balloon festival set for this weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2015 5:11 PM

    GONZALES - The countdown is almost over for Ascension Parish's biggest event of the year. The 5th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival starts Friday at 4 p.m. and runs through Saturday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Doors open at 7 a.m. Saturday, and close at 10 p.m. both... more »
  • Tickets for Buku Music + Art Project go on sale Thursday

    September 10, 2015 10:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Buku Music + Art Project returns to New Orleans in the spring. Organizers said Wednesday the fifth annual hip-hop and electronic dance music festival is scheduled March 11-12, 2016, at Mardi Gras World, the warehouse where the city's Carnival floats are made. Discounted early-bird tickets go... more »
  • Oldies but Goodies Festival 2015 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 2, 2015 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Oldies but Goodies Festival is coming back to Port Allen. The event will have rockin' music, tricked out cars and of course some of the best barbeque in Louisiana. Cooks from all over the south will be at the festival competing for top barbeque honors. Teams will... more »
  • One dead after tent collapses at music festival

    August 2, 2015 6:05 PM

    WOOD DALE, Ill. - One person has died and several people are injured after a tent collapsed at a festival in suburban Chicago. A tent at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest collapsed during a storm on Sunday afternoon. Wood Dale Deputy Police Chief Mike Rivas told the newspaper that one... more »
  • Newport Jazz Festival to mark Miles Davis' 60th anniversary

    July 26, 2015 12:09 PM

    NEW YORK - Miles Davis wasn't even listed in the program book when he appeared for the first time at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, but he made his presence felt with a career-reviving performance in an all-star jam session. This year's program book is Miles-centric as the... more »
  • 2015 Essence Festival draws almost half a million

    July 6, 2015 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Nearly half a million people attended this year's Essence Festival held in New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend. That's about 50,000 less than last year when participants marked the festival's 20th anniversary with performances by Prince, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae and... more »
  • Kenny Neal and the Southern Soul Blues Festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 28, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Southern Soul Blues Festival is right around the corner. This morning Kenny Neal stopped by 2une In to give News 2's John Pastorek a sample of what you can expect to hear and see at the event. Neal is one of the most famous blues musicians... more »
  • Peace Day Festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 25, 2015 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The fifth annual Peace Day Festival is coming up Saturday, June 6th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year's event will feature over 20 local artists and vendors. The exciting night will be full of music, belly dancing, acroyoga, and much more. The mission of the... more »
  • Gonzales jambalaya festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 22, 2015 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tens of thousands of jambalaya junkies will invade Gonzales Friday, for the legendary jambalaya festival. It's the annual south Louisiana start of summer, food, and fun. This morning News 2's John Pastorek was in Gonzalez learning more about the celebration. People from all over Louisiana will be... more »
  • Taylor Swift, Superfest fans warned about traffic changes

    May 21, 2015 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With two concerts this weekend in Baton Rouge, city-parish officials warned drivers and music lovers Thursday to be aware of traffic changes around LSU. Taylor Swift performs Friday night as part of her 1989 World Tour at Tiger Stadium, while country music stars will hit the... more »
  • Hot Art, Cool Nights Festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The 12th annual Hot Art, Cool Nights festival is coming up this Friday. This morning, Jamie Levine stopped by 2une In to tell us a little more about the festival. Hot Art, Cool Nights has grown in the past decade, this year there will be about 36... more »
  • Ascension Parish Music Jam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2015 9:33 AM

    ASCENSION- Whether you're a fan of swamp-pop or music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the Ascension Music Jam will have something for you. The seven hour music concert features bands exclusively from Ascension Parish. This is the inaugural music jam, It was started to showcase some of the... more »
  • Controversial poster selling, selling... gone

    March 26, 2015 10:46 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The controversial poster for the city's upcoming Strawberry Festival has sold out and 1,000 more have been ordered, WWL TV reported Thursday . WWL and WBRZ have a news-partnership. The poster incited controversy last week when it was unveiled . It features two dark figures appearing... more »
  • Get a Taste of Central at annual Festival of Two Rivers Auction check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 23, 2015 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - St. Alphonsus Parish is famous for the Hornets, Fr. Mike Moroney and the Festival of Two Rivers. It's coming up this Saturday with an auction, taste fair and $10,000 raffle. The 7th annual Festival of Two Rivers Auction and a Taste of Central is this Saturday,... more »
  • New Crawfish and Gator Festival coming to Ouachita Parish

    February 18, 2015 3:17 AM

    MONROE - Ouachita Parish residents and revelers from across the region will have the opportunity to witness alligator wrestling, fair rides, a petting zoo and country music as a local businessman is planning the first Louisiana Crawfish and Gator Festival. Riverside Coney Island owner Tom Hardy is putting together the... more »
  • Chickens run wild at Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 17, 2015 1:39 PM

    BASILE - The Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras in Acadia Parish is something you won't see anywhere else in the world. It starts off with singing and dancing and then the attention turns to the chickens. "It's fun to do. It's more fun chasing them than catching them actually.... more »
  • New Orleans Film fest qualifies for Oscars

    February 14, 2015 11:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 2015 New Orleans Film Festival now boasts an added incentive for filmmakers thinking about entering. As it approaches its 26th edition, it has become an Oscar-qualifying festival in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary shorts category. It becomes one of 38 such festivals... more »
  • Single-day tickets on sale for Superfest

    February 5, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers announced Thursday that single-day ticket sales for Bayou Country Superfest were now open. The two-day ticket package for the May 23-24 music festival at LSU Tiger Stadium are still available, according to a Superfest press release. This year's festival will see country music stars... more »
  • The Who, Elton John among 2015 Jazz Fest lineup

    January 12, 2015 11:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans of The Who, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga should make plans to head to New Orleans in April. Organizers for the 46th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival released their lineup Monday for the 2015 music festival. The annual event covers... more »
  • Jewish Film Festival returns to the Manship Theatre check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 12, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jewish Film Festival returns to the Manship Theatre this week. Ara Rubyan visited 2une In this morning to talk about the event, and says the films don't just entertain, but also inform and inspire. This is the 9th year of the festival. This year... more »
  • Preserving Louisiana history, culture at the Cajun Music Festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2014 7:32 AM

    GONZALES - The Cajun Music Festival is helping preserve Louisiana's history, food, music and dancing. Amelia Nolan and Roland Doucet joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In this morning with all the details. You can attend the festival Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lamar Dixon Expo... more »
  • Superfest stars shine bright at CMA's

    November 6, 2014 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Bayou Country Superfest organizers released their official talent lineup for the 2015 festival Wednesday morning. That night, some of the stars coming to Baton Rouge shined bright at the Country Music Association Awards. One of the brightest last night was Miranda Lambert. She opened the night... more »
  • Find a new book, meet your favorite author at LA Book Festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 27, 2014 7:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - You can meet your favorite author and find your next book at this year's Louisiana Book Festival. Rebecca Hamilton from the State Library joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In this morning to tell you what to expect this weekend. This is the 11th year of the... more »
  • Rockin' out at Rocktober Fest check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 23, 2014 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - You can rock out for free this weekend at Rocktober Music and Arts Fest in Baton Rouge. Philliper Stewart from the Buddy Stewart Memorial Music Foundation stopped by 2une In this morning with all the details. This year's festival is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00... more »
  • Balloon glow shines bright light on balloon festival

    September 26, 2014 8:42 PM

    GONZALES- Hot air balloon pilots lit the burners on their balloon, illuminating the twilight festival grounds of the Lamar Dixon Expo Center Friday evening. The balloon glow was part of the festivities of opening night. The event continues Saturday with a balloon flight competition at 7 a.m. More than... more »
  • Balloons gearing up for flight in Ascension Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 25, 2014 2:46 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off this weekend in Gonzales. The Lamar Dixon Expo Center will soon turn into a balloon landing zone filled with carnival rides and much more. That gives national champion pilot Robert Ambeau the chance to brag about his home... more »
  • Festival Latino celebrates in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 23, 2014 7:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The 28th annual Latino Festival is in Baton Rouge this weekend. All money raised at the festival goes towards maintaining the Hispanic Center, assisting with immigration services and assisting the needy.You can join the fun Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Baton Rouge... more »
  • Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival lifts off this weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 22, 2014 9:06 AM

    GONZALES - The 2014 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival lifts off in Gonzales this weekend. The festival is Friday and Saturday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. It's the perfect entertainment for families on a budget: adult tickets are just $2.00 while kids 12 and under get in free.... more »
  • Rock out at the Southeast Louisiana Guitar Show check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 22, 2014 8:18 AM

    PONCHATOULA - If you enjoy music or antiques and want a unique festival experience, check out the 3rd annual Southeast Louisiana Guitar Show in Ponchatoula this weekend. It's Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Roussel's & Co. (177 West Pine St.). For more information,... more »
  • BRPD beefs up security for Independence Day festivities check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 4, 2014 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of officers filled downtown Friday in preparation for Fourth of July festivities. Police warned the public to be extra cautious and aware of their surroundings. "There have been incidents in the past," said Baton Rouge Police Sergeant Donald Gurzinski. "I think they were isolated... more »
  • Clinton to host two festivals Play Video

    July 3, 2014 5:05 PM

    CLINTON - People in East Feliciana Parish are celebrating the July Fourth with two events this year. The Red, White and Blueberry festival will kick off at noon on Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning in downtown Clinton. A second event called the Red, White and... more »
  • Donaldsonville prepares for Juneteenth Festival

    June 4, 2014 3:10 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Officials announced that final preparations are under way for the 18th Annual Juneteenth Music Freedom Festival coming up this weekend. The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. on Sunday June 8 in Louisiana Square on Railroad Ave. and lasts until 7 p.m. Visitors can expect musical... more »
  • Reba, George Strait welcome country music fans to Baton Rouge Friday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 23, 2014 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A star-studded lineup at Bayou Country Superfest packed Tiger Stadium for the first night of three-day concert series Friday. Chris Young, Reba McEntire and George Strait kicked off the festival. Many fans traveled long distances for Strait's Farewell Tour, no matter the cost. "[George... more »
  • LSU eyeing security ahead of BC Superfest check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 22, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest set to kick off today, LSU Police are prepping security measures for the event's expected record-breaking crowd. LSU's Tiger Stadium will host some of country music biggest stars with Friday headlined by George Strait and Reba McEntire. Single-day tickets... more »
  • Jazz Fest's 2nd weekend opens today

    May 1, 2014 5:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Samba, bossa nova and Brazilian rock and rap are among the musical genres on tap at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which is presenting a mini-festival celebrating Brazil's culture and the similarities to its host city. Not only known for its promotion of New... more »
  • Spring Fling Festival this weekend at French Settlement High School check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2014 8:19 AM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - The Spring Fling Festival and Craft show is this Saturday at French Settlement High School. All proceeds will benefit the high school's technology fund. Both students and administrators agree that this event is important for the school. "We want to expand our technology," said Lauren... more »
  • Estimate: 300,000 people attended Strawberry Festival

    April 14, 2014 10:45 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Somewhere around 300,000 people attended the Strawberry Festival in this southern Tangipahoa Parish town over the weekend. The attendance was in the record books, according to ActionNews17.com. Previous record crowds have hit 200,000. State Police said there were no major issues. Troopers posted numerous pictures from a... more »
  • Celebrate the Strawberry in Ponchatoula check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 9, 2014 9:27 AM

    PONCHATOULA - The festival of the Louisiana Strawberry is this weekend in Ponchatoula. Strawberry Queen Gabrielle Palma, King Richie Howes-Juniro, President of the Ponchatoula High FFA Brook Hoover and Festival Chair Amanda Hebert dropped by WBRZ News 2 at Noon Tuesday to tell you all about the festival. ... more »
  • BRCC celebrates the arts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 24, 2014 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Community College has teamed up with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge for its 6th annual ArtsFest celebration. Danielle Vignes and Ben Lowenkron stopped by 2une In Monday morning to talk about the event that starts on Monday, March 31st. It will run... more »
  • APPROVED! Ascension balloon festival slated for parish takeover check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish council approved a move to take over the balloon festival for the 2014 year and provide money from Lamar Dixon's marketing budget to cover losses from the 2013 festival. The council agreed to move $100,000 from Lamar Dixon to cover a portion of the nearly... more »
  • Prince to headline 20th annual Essence Fest

    December 3, 2013 8:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Next year's Essence Festival is getting a dose of music royalty from Prince. The "Purple Rain" singer-songwriter is headlining the 20th annual Essence, a celebration of black music and culture being held July 3-6 in New Orleans. Prince, who performed at Essence in 2004, also headlined this year's... more »
  • Balloonists take shots as competition soars check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 27, 2013 11:06 AM

    GONZALES- The Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship is well underway as the country's top balloonist took the skies this morning for the first leg of the three day contest. Competitors had a short period of time to make their way to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center through the air... more »
  • Music festival canceled in NYC over drug concerns

    September 1, 2013 10:14 AM

    NEW YORK - The last day of a New York City dance music festival featuring high-profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta and Diplo has been canceled over drug-related health concerns. The city says it recommended Electric Zoo festival not continue Sunday after two attendees died and four others had to... more »
  • Satchmo SummerFest 2013 kicks off

    August 2, 2013 10:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 13th annual Satchmo SummerFest will be held this weekend at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. The festival is dedicated to the life, legacy and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. It will feature three days of seminars about the history and... more »
  • 2013 Essence Fest wraps, work begins on 2014

    July 9, 2013 7:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 19th annual Essence Festival is over, but planners for Essence and the city of New Orleans say they've already started work on the next one. The festival's contract with the city ends after the 2014 event, which will mark its 20th year. Michelle Ebanks, president... more »
  • Maxwell brings his sweet falsetto to Essence

    July 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - R&B singers Maxwell, Jill Scott and Brandy along with the classic rhymes of rapper LL Cool J kick off the 2013 Essence Festival's three-night concert series in the Superdome. The festival's first full day of empowerment seminars in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center began with Steve... more »
  • Eight arrests made during Strawberry Festival

    April 15, 2013 11:30 AM

    HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Sheriff's office made eight arrests and issued one warrant during the 2013 Strawberry Festival in Hammond. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards still called the Festival a success. "As the result of any large gathering for such an event, numerous disturbances occurred which were immediately... more »
  • Essence releases headliners for 2013 fest

    April 5, 2013 9:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More details about the 2013 Essence Festival have been released, giving fans another look at the talent in store for the music and cultural celebration. Organizers say the festival opens Friday, July 5, with R&B powerhouses Jill Scott and Maxwell as well as rapper LL Cool J... more »
  • Buku music fest back with bigger lineup

    March 7, 2013 8:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Hip-hop singer Big Freedia and an entourage of booty-shaking "bounce" dancers are using a Mardi Gras float for a stage when the Buku music festival returns to New Orleans this weekend. The two-day Buku Music + Art Project, a hip-hop and electronic dance music festival launched last year,... more »
  • Trey Songz added to Essence Fest lineup

    February 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- R&B singer-songwriter Trey Songz, who has collaborated with hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Drake and others, has been added to this year's Essence Festival lineup. Organizers have also announced that Solange is joining her big sister, Beyonce in the lineup. Beyonce is headlining one of three night concerts... more »
  • Levee bonfire tradition lives on check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 13, 2012 5:11 PM

    LUTCHER - It's been a Christmas Eve tradition for more than 200 years. Almost 60 hallow tree-like structures line the levee in St. James and St. John Parishes. The tradition is passed down from generation to generation. For the past few weeks, the levee has been busy with people... more »
  • Trumpet auction to benefit 'Satchmo' music fest

    November 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Trumpet-maker Jason Harrelson says he's donating one of the best trumpets he's ever made to benefit a festival honoring the artist who sparked his passion for the instrument - Louis Armstrong. Harrelson's specially made brass "Satchmo" trumpet has a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece and transcription of the musical score... more »
  • Metallica added to Voodoo festival lineup

    October 12, 2012 3:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The rock band Metallica has been added to the lineup for this month's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Metallica is set to perform on Saturday, Oct. 27, filling the slot previously held by Green Day, which canceled its Voodoo performance earlier this week. This will be Metallica's first... more »
  • Event aims to draw pre-teen girls into science careers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 22, 2012 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A recent study by the National Science Foundation says most young girls don't even imagine becoming a scientist when they grow up. But today hundreds got the chance for some hands on experience in the field. The Sally Ride festival, named after the first woman in space... more »
  • Ascension Ballooning Festival set for September

    July 30, 2012 5:44 PM

    GONZALES - After some turbulence this summer, the Ascension Ballooning Festival is officially set to lift off in September. Organizers said the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship is scheduled to take place Sept. 21 through 23 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Ascension Parish officials landed the... more »
  • Preparations underway in Baton Rouge for a Star-Spangled Celebration

    July 4, 2012 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Fourth of July is a holiday for most, but many people arrived early Wednesday morning at the river front in Baton Rouge to set the stage for the city's Star-Spangled Celebration. Members of Club South Runners set up the finish line and water stations for the... more »
  • Bayou Country Superfest kicking off, click to view lineup

    May 25, 2012 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers with the Bayou Country Superfest gathered today to kick off the Memorial Day weekend event. The two-day country music festival runs Saturday and Sunday at LSU's Tiger Stadium. This year's headliners include Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. Events start Saturday with the... more »
  • Annual festival celebrating Satchmo is Aug. 3-5

    May 14, 2012 7:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 12th annual Satchmo SummerFest will be held Aug. 3-5 at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. The festival is dedicated to the life, legacy and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. It will feature three days of seminars about the history and... more »
  • Essence Festival tickets go on sale

    November 10, 2011 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tickets for the 2012 Essence Music Festival are about to go on sale. Ticket sales start Friday for the 17th annual festival, which will include empowerment seminars and musical acts July 6-8 at the Morial Convention Center and Superdome in New Orleans. A lineup has... more »
  • Bayou Country Superfest attendance lower this year

    May 30, 2011 2:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tens of thousands of country music fans from across the country flocked to Baton Rouge over the weekend for the second annual Bayou Country Superfest. However, attendance was down from last year's country music festival. This year, 75,000 festival-goers turned out to see Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw,... more »
  • Lack of local money puts Superfest's future in question

    May 27, 2011 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A lack of local money could make this the last year the Bayou Country Superfest is in Baton Rouge. The Parish Metro Council voted not to include $300,000 in matching funds for the festival in this year's budget. Today, festival director Quint Davis told News... more »
  • Gonzales continues Jambalaya festival into weekend

    May 27, 2011 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gonzales' holiday weekend celebration of one of South Louisiana's favorite food's continues into this weekend. The 45-year-old Jambalaya Festival will feature music, rides, and a fierce competition to crown the World Champion of Jambalaya cooking. To learn more about the Jambalaya Festival you can view... more »
  • Traffic advisory for Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

    April 7, 2011 2:23 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, which will take place this weekend April 8th-10th, is expected to bring over 300,000 visitors to the downtown Ponchatoula area. This increased traffic volume quickly overloads the surrounding interstate system causing dangerous backups from heavily congested off ramps. In an effort... more »
  • Mary J. Blige, Kanye West headline Essence Festival

    February 16, 2011 3:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fan favorites Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jill Scott and rapper Kanye West are among the headliners for the 2011 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, which looks this year to celebrate the roots of rhythm and blues. Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., says... more »

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