Never thought I’d be writing about the Super Bowl, but if you’re in New Orleans the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 3, you can hear a lot of excellent, free Cajun and zydeco music. There are four stages, all within reasonable walking distance, in Woldenberg Park, the area along the Mississippi River, starting at Canal St. and the aquarium and heading downriver. It’s a lovely area for walking any time. And it’s a site for the French Quarter Festival in April. There’s music Thursday afternoon and evening and Friday and Saturday from mid-day through the early evening. Sunday begins mid-morning and ends just after lunch time. Here’s the Cajun and zydeco lineup:
Thursday, Jan. 31: 5:00 pm Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadors, 7:20 pm Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
Friday, Feb. 1: 5:15 pm Pine Leaf Boys, 6:30 pm Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, 8:35 pm Pine Leaf Boys
Saturday, Feb. 2: 3:00 pm Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, 4:15 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers, 5:05 pm Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, 7:00 pm Roddie Romero & the Hug-City Allstars
Sunday, Feb. 3: 11:30 am David Doucet Cajun Trio
These acts are scattered over four stages. If you get close enough to hear them, you’ll be able to find out where. This doesn’t appear in any of the official NFL events.