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Louie Bluie Festival

Live Music

We'll be streaming live from the Alex Haley Farm on Oct. 10 and will keep you posted about the lineup.

We're so excited to bring this program to you. Grab some popcorn and settle in for a day full of exciting music and inspiring stories.

Even though we thoroughly explored every possible way to keep our guests safe from COVID-19, increasing infection rates have convinced us it simply isn't possible. But with change comes great possibilities.

We've found inspiration during these trying times. This inspiration is resulting in a vision that will bond us together as a community and open new pathways for us all to be connected. We can't wait to share it with you all.

We're very excited about a virtual Louie Bluie Festival — a festival without borders. Not only will this be accessible at your convenience, but it will allow us to really dig into what the festival is about — Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong and his impact on the community.

You'll be able to watch it on any of your devices, from any location! Interact with your community on social media as you watch the show.

You've heard it said that we're all in this together. But maybe, just maybe, we always have been. This is a chance for us to not only remember that, but to embrace it, and to strengthen our bonds through music and a shared past.

We are lining up musicians as we speak to perform in this virtual festival! As we finalize plans and contracts, we'll release them to the public. We're also exploring ways to incorporate our maker community. We will also have plenty of opportunities for sponsorships, so please contact us if you want to help support this project. We believe the end result will be valuable for years — even decades — to come.

Follow & interact with the festival here, on FaceBook (, and check your favorite media references for the launch!

Variety of Blues, Gospel, Mountain Jazz, and Bluegrass brings people out to Louie Bluie at Cove Lake State Park – Bob Fulcher

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Ages Event is Appropriate For

All ages

The annual Louie Bluie Festival at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville celebrates the life of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong with an all-day family-fun event featuring three stages of music, including traditional Old-time, Blues, Gospel, Mountain Jazz, and Bluegrass, plus storytelling and theater and our Kid’s Fun Zone with lots of activities for the children. High quality art and handmade crafts will be sold in the Craft Village, and a judged Art and Quilt Show will be in the Recreation Center. Regional food vendors will be serving up a mouthwatering array of authentic Southern cooking, East Tennessee style.

The Louie Bluie Festival is named in honor of Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong (1909-2003), a LaFollette native and internationally acclaimed string band musician who grew up in LaFollette in the 1920s and became one of the nation's finest string band musicians, as well as artist, storyteller, and writer.

How to Get There

Located at Cove Lake State Park

110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714. Directly off the I75 Interstate


The Louie Bluie Festival is free of charge to all.