This event is now one of the top Cajun, Louisiana Creole and zydeco music festivals.  It’s held in the French Quarter of New Orleans, with relatively uncrowded stages and plenty of room to dance.  However, ça fait chaud, cher! (It’s gonna be hot!)  Dates, performers and times were published yesterday.  The listings are a bit confusing.  There are two stages and two sets of performers with times, but nothing to indicate which stage hosts which performers.   You can hear big-time established artists like Grammy-winning BeauSoleil and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys.   On the Creole side, there’s Goldman Thibodeaux, and zydeco artists Creole Zydeco Farmers (one of my favorite old school bands) and Lil’ Nathan and Lil’ Malcom.   Most unusual are the two zydeco women artists (yes, that’s about all there are!):  Rosie Ledet and Donna Angelle, whose career is on the upswing.  And the fabulous young Cajun roots bands Pine Leaf Boys and Lost Bayou Ramblers will be there.  Honestly, you won’t see a lineup this good until Festivals Acadienne in Lafayette in October!

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