The New Orleans French Quarter Fest has announced its April 7-10, 2011 lineup.  No schedule is available, so we don’t know when these artists are playing.  The Cajun, Louisiana Creole and zydeco artists are:  Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys,  Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band,  the 2011 Grammy-winning Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Donna Angelle & the Zydeco Posse, J. J. Caillier and the Zydeco Knockouts, Jonno & Bayou Deville, Les Freres Michot (alphabetized under ‘Les,’ oh dear, that’s ‘the’ in English), Lost Bayou Ramblers, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, and the Zydepunks.  There’s also the PorcheVide Playboys, though I don’t know anything about them.  Anything ‘Playboys’ sounds Cajun.

The festival is free, free, free.  It’s balanced among many New Orleans and Louisiana styles, with lots of brass band, traditional jazz and other groups.  This festival grows every year, and is also a draw for audiences outside of Louisiana.  Try it, you’ll like it!