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Fried Chicken Festival announces music lineup

Big Freedia and Big Sam’s Funky Nation perform Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park

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Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam's Funky Nation will perform at the Fried Chicken Festival (www.friedchickenfestival.com) Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park. Large crowds at last year's event prompted organizers to expand it to two days and move from Lafayette Square to the riverfront.

  "With the addition of a second music stage, it allowed us the ability to create more opportunities for New Orleans musicians, while providing a greater diversity in entertainment for our guests," said festival organizer Cleveland Spears III.

  The lineup also includes Shamar Allen and the Underdawgs, Motel Radio, Los Po-Boy-Citos, DJ Raj Smoove and DJ Captain Charles. Big Freedia will headline Sunday night's "Ode to Bounce, " which will include Partners-N-Crime, Cupid and Denisia.

  Food vendors include Willie Mae's Scotch House, McHardy's Chicken & Fixin', The Original Fiorella's Cafe, Bayou Hot Wings, Heard Dat Kitchen, Crepes a la Cart, Dat Dog, Frencheeze Food Truck and others.

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