Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam’s Funky Nation to headline Fried Chicken Festival

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Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam's Funky Nation will headline the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23 and 24. - COURTESY FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
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  • Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam's Funky Nation will headline the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23 and 24.

Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform at the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park, organizers announced Wednesday.

Large crowds at last year’s event prompted the 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," festival organizer Cleveland Spears III, said.

The lineup also includes Shamar Allen and the Underdawgs, Motel Radio, Los Po-Boy-Citos, DJ Raj Smoove and DJ Captain Charles. Naughty Professor will perform the main stage Saturday night and bounce queen Big Freedia will headline on Sunday night during an "Ode to Bounce, " which will also include performances from Partners-N-Crime and The Big Easy Band, Cupid and Denisia.

Food vendors include fried chicken notables such as Willie Mae’s, McHardy’s Chicken and The Original Fiorella’s Cafe. Other vendors include Bayou Hot Wings, Heard Dat Kitchen, Crepes a la Cart, Dat Dog and Frencheeze food truck, among others.

For a full lineup of musical acts and vendors, and information on the festival, visit their website here.

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