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September 13, 2023


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Big Freedia, Soul Rebels, Flow Tribe, Shamarr Allen, and More to Headline National Fried Chicken Festival 

Two-day music lineup to feature special 50 Years of Hip Hop New Orleans performance

NEW ORLEANS - The National Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) presented by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has announced its much-anticipated entertainment lineup for the two-day event taking place Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 along Lakeshore Drive at Franklin Avenue.

FCF 2023 will feature a wide variety of acts and some of the nation's top talent across its three stages of entertainment with two dedicated music stages (the Entergy Stage and the Festival Stage) and the new HEINZ® “Food is Culture” Stage featuring celebrity chefs and culinary thought leaders. 

Headliners on this year's Festival Stage include Flow Tribe, Rockin Dopsie, and Big 6 Brass Band on Saturday, followed by The Soul Rebels, Kermit Ruffins, and Parish County Line on Sunday. Entergy Stage headliners include Big Freedia and Brass-A-Holics on Saturday, followed by Big Sam's Funky Nation, Shamarr Allen, and a special 50 Years of Hip Hop New Orleans performance presented by Chip Forstall honoring the 50th anniversary of hip hop music and culture on Sunday. The commemorative 50 Years of Hip Hop New Orleans celebration will feature legendary New Orleans artists, including DJ Jubilee, Mannie Fresh, Choppa, PNC, Hot Boy Ronald, Raj Smoove, and more.

“Something we’ve always said and strived for is having ‘something for everyone’ at our festival, and this year, we’re going above and beyond to make that happen,” said Cleveland Spears, III, FCF organizer and President/CEO of the Spears Group. “The music lineup ranges from rap to country and everything in between, with some of the hottest artists in the nation and biggest names in New Orleans hip hop performing throughout the weekend.”

FCF 2023 is made possible thanks to the generous support of festival sponsors, including long-time presenting sponsor Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, HEINZ, Stella Artois, New Orleans Tourism and Culture Fund, AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Crown Royal, New Schools for New Orleans, Entergy New Orleans, Entergy, New Orleans & Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cayman Jack, Chandon, The Law Offices of Chip Forstall, Louisiana Fish Fry, Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Coca-Cola, Luzianne, Outfront, iHeartMedia, Inc., Times-Picayune, WWL-TV, Where Y’at Magazine, and WBOK 1230 AM.

The National Fried Chicken Festival Presented by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is produced by the Festivals for Good, a Louisiana-based 501c3 nonprofit with the mission of bringing diverse groups of people together to celebrate common interests, such as love for food, while supporting small and diverse businesses. 

View the FCF 2023 music lineup and tentative daily schedules at and click here for tickets.


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