The 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival begins this Thursday, April 22, continues through Sunday, April 25, pauses a few days (you gotta sleep some time!). Then it resumes Thursday, April 29 and winds up Sunday, May 2. Here’s the list of Cajun, Louisiana Creole, and zydeco performers, by weekend:
APRIL 23 – 25 (1st WEEKEND)
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Red Stick Ramblers, David Egan, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers’ Tribute to Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., Lost Bayou Ramblers, Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys.
APRIL 29 – May 2 (2nd WEEKEND)
Buckwheat Zydeco, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Pine Leaf Boys, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Feufollet, Creole Zydeco Farmers, The Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Band, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Thomas “Big Hat” Fields, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, Ray Abshire, Bonsoir, Catin.
And as they always say: Artists Subject to Change. Day-by-day schedules are on the Jazz Fest official web site. Once you get to town, pick up Friday’s Times-Picayune (daily paper of New Orleans), or offBeat, the local music magazine. The “cubes” refers to a visual display of the schedule with the stages in separate columns and times in rows, a very easy way to read them. Schedules are handed out by various commercial groups just outside the festival grounds.
Look for the dancers at stage right, usually kickin’ up some dust! La, la, la poussiere vole! (there, there the dust flies!)