Kenny Acosta

Kenny Acosta

Meet Kenny Acosta Blues Legend and the winner of the 2012 and 2011 New Orleans Blues Challenge solo/duo competition as a solo act.  Kenny will proudly represent the Voodoo Blues Krewe New Orleans Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis again as a solo act in 2013 as he did in the 2012 IBC and placed high in the semi-finals. Kenny is a magnificent songwriter, musician, arranger, and vocalist and this year makes 45 years in the music industry for this highly talented Baton Rouge Blues Icon.

Kenny’s latest CD “Justice Blues” is an all original acoustic CD written, recorded and mixed by Kenny and produced by Kenny and his wife/partner Susan on their record label Bluzman Records, LLC.

On June 11th, 2005 Mayor Kip Holden of Baton Rouge proclaimed Kenny Acosta Day in honor of the release of his second CDSpanish Town Mardi Gras”.

In 2003 Mayor Bobby Simpson of Baton Rouge made Kenny honorary Mayor for a day at Baton Rouge’s Fest For All on the Blues Stage during Blues Week; the first such award bestowed upon a Baton Rouge Blues man, ever.  Kenny won the 2003 Baton Rouge Blues Society Blues Challenge in the band division and represented the Baton Rouge Blues Society at the 2004 International Blues Challenge band division held in Memphis, Tennessee.  During his early years, 1972 – 1979, Kenny Acosta was a main stay in the American Blues scene.  Playing out of Austin, Texas, he fast became a popular and noted blues performer.  A regular at Armadillo World Headquarters, Kenny preformed regularly with Marsha Ball, Kim Wilson, W.C. Clark, and Stevie and Jimmy Vaughn.  Coming home to Baton Rouge in the fall of 1978, Kenny teamed up with “Cadillac” Cook to form Kenny Acosta and the House Reckers.  Through the 80’s and 90’s Kenny traveled the Gulf Coast and the southern states.  Kenny released his first solo album Hot Dog in 1984.  He was awarded best original song for “Justice Blues” at the 1989 Baton Rouge Blues Festival.  At that time, this festival was the 2nd largest Blues Festival in the country.  Also in 1984, KRVS FM radio station out of Lafayette, Louisiana awarded Kenny a plaque for being their most requested Blues musician.  During the years of 1986-1994, Kenny was a regular playing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.  In 1995, Kenny needed some time off to help raise his first and only son, Zeke.  No regrets.

Kenny’s musical performance as a solo artist magnifies his incredible charisma, and conveys unity between himself and his audience.  Kenny Acosta will showcase his unique versatile voice & his creativity as a producer, arranger, songwriter, and brilliant guitaristThe recipe for Kenny Acosta’s musical performance consist of down home blues, mixed with the New Orleans street beat and Caribbean rhythms, sautéed in a funky mixture of soulful growl. Yes, Kenny “has been lots of places and done lots of things”, but bottom line is, he will entertain you with professionalism and his charisma.


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