On Saturday, June 24, 2017, radio station WWOZ-FM will broadcast live and pre-recorded performances by artists at the day’s Cajun Zydeco Festival.  If you’re not in New Orleans, listen via the World Wide Web at http://wwoz.org/.  The schedule is:

2pm- Broadcast will be begin with Jim Hobbs from the station.

2:05- 2:45pm Airing of Les Freres Michot set (recorded earlier)

2:50- 3:40pm Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie (Live)

3:45- 4:30pm Airing of Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band (recorded earlier)

4:35- 5:30pm Lost Bayou Ramblers (Live)

5:45-7:00pm D.L. Menard with the Jambalaya Cajun Band (Live)

Sunday will not be broadcast.


Today and tomorrow are the free Cajun Zydeco Festival in New Orleans from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days held in Louis Armstrong Park at 701 N. Rampart Street, across Rampart St. from the French Quarter.    This is the 11th festival, put on by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.  They use profits from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to put on several free festivals in New Orleans.  This year’s festival features these artists:

Saturday, June 24:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Les Freres Michot
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.    Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.      Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.      Lost Bayou Ramblers
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.      D.L. Menard with the Jambalaya Cajun Band

Sunday, June 25: 
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.    Bruce Daigrepont’s Cajun Band
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.     Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.       Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.       Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.       Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

There is also an arts market and lots of great local food!

The 30th annual Zydeco Extravaganza takes place this Sunday, May 29, 2016.  It’s still indoors, at the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, LA, starting at noon and running until it runs out!  Where else can you see Geno Delafose, Keith Frank, Chris Ardoin, J. Paul, Jr. and more on a single stage?  Purchase $20 tickets through the web site.

The mammoth New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will go on April 22-24 and April 28 through May 1 at the Fairgrounds.  The “cubes” are out, showing who plays at which stage at what time.  As in past year, look for the lion’s share of zydeco, Louisiana Creole and Cajun acts at the Fais Do-Do stage.  The biggest acts occasionally appear on the Gentilly or Acura Stages, but those are the behemoths, like Buckwheat Zydeco (Friday, April 22, Acura Stage, 2:05-3:05pm).  Fais Do-Do is also the scene for larger, touring alt-country and folk acts, like the Black Lillies, and locals, like Gal Holiday.  The Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage is in the grandstand, has air conditioning, seats and decent toilets, definitely worth trying at least once.

Recommendations for zydeco, Louisiana Creole and Cajun music and interviews:

  • Goldman Thibodeaux The rural Creole “la-la” legacy of Amédé Ardoin Interviewer: Darrell Bourque, Friday, April 22, Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 1:30 – 2:15 pm
  • Belton Richard, Fais Do-Do, Saturday, April 23, 12:20-1:10pm (he never plays New Orleans–the big dancehall sound)
  • Belton Richard Cajun accordion and vocal legend, Interviewer: Barry Ancelet, Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, Sunday, April 24, 4:00 – 4:45 pm ()
  • Savoy Family Band, Fais Do-Do, Thursday, April 28, 12:15-1:15pm (Marc Savoy is one of the best accordion players alive)
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers with Ricki Lee Jones and Spider Stacy (The Pogues), Gentilly Stage, Thursday, April 28, 1:45-3:10pm (an incredible matchup)
  • T’Monde, Lagniappe Stage, Thursday, April 28, 12:35 – 1:30 pm  (amazing trio with the old-time sound)
  • T’Monde Cajun tradition meets classic country harmony, Interviewer: Jim Hobbs, Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, Thursday, April 28, 4:30-5:15 pm (yeah, that’s me)
  • C.J. Chenier and Todd Mouton Way Down in Louisiana Interviewer: Herman Fuselier, Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, Friday, April 29, 4:00 – 4:45 pm
  • The Band Courtbouillon, Fais Do-Do, Sunday, May 1, 1:20-2:15 (Steve Riley, Wayne Toups and Wilson Savoy; Grammy winners)

The annual free French Quarter Festival will take place April 7-10, 2016.  Cajun and zydeco music will appear on the stage on N. Peters St. again, as in past year.  The lineup includes Bruce Daigrepont, T’Canaille, Grammy-nominated The Revelers, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Granny-winner Chubby Carrier, Jo-el Sonnier, and Feufollet.

The French Quarter Festival is a huge, free music festival held in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  There is no admission fee, and music is played from twenty or more stages.  There is one Cajun and zydeco stage.  This year’s lineup of Cajun and zydeco artists is:

Thursday, April 7:  Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, the Doghill Stompers, T’Canaille

Friday, April 8:  Babineaux Sisters Band, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Waylon Thibodeaux Band

Saturday, April 9:  Amy Nicole and Zydeco Soul, Donna Angelle and the Zydeco Posse, Feufollet, Jo-el Sonnier, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots

Sunday, April 10:  Amanda Shaw (playing less Cajun these days), Buckwheat Zydeco, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Rockin’ Dopsie [Jr] and the Zydeco Twisters, Roddie Romero and the Hub-City Allstars, Sweet Cecilia (not traditional Cajun)

New Orleans is blessed (or cursed) with two daily papers.  There’s the Times-Picayune, with ancestry back to 1837, and the New Orleans Advocate, a branch of the Baton Rouge Advocate.  Fortunately for us, they both sent photographers to this past weekend’s Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Armstrong Park.  Here’s the Picayune’s and here’s the Adovcate’s. As the usually do, WWOZ-FM broadcast the entire day Sunday.  It’s the first weekend in June every year, so make your plans for 2016!

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