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.

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Here’s a delightful peek at a French Cajun and zydeco music festival–that is, in France.  Jouras-Pontchartrain is a short distance from Paris, and it has a Cajun music festival revived in 2014 after an absence of 25 years.  The next festival will be held in the sister city of Hammond, LA, not very far from New Orleans.  Here’s a few songs from an unidentified band, none of whose members I recognize.  It’s mostly strings, but with an accordion for a bit.  There’s dancing, food and music–what else do you need?  

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!

This is the weekend for the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival!  It’s in Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart Street, across S. Rampart St. from the French Quarter.  That’s Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015, open 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days.  Admission is free!  The main stage is adjacent to the venerable Municipal Auditorium.  Here’s the lineup:

Saturday, June 6
11:00 am to 12:15 pm      Bruce Daigrepont
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm        Mary Broussard & Sweet La La
2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.      Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.      Lost Bayou Ramblers
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.      Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Sunday, June 7
11:00 am to 12:15 pm     Ruben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm       Bonsoir Catin
2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.     Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.     Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.     Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

And there will be food, drinks and crafts!  WWOZ-FM will be broadcasting Sunday’s bands from 11am to 7pm, so listen in if you can’t make it.

Here’s the music lineup by day with times and locations.  More performance spaces this year!

Friday, October 10 – Scène Ma Louisiane

5:00 Fortieth Anniversary of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Official Kickoff and Cutting of the Boudin
5:30 – 7:00 Tribute to Balfa Brothers Tribute: Balfa Toujours, with Special Guest Tony Balfa, Peter Schwartz, Ray Abshire
7:15 – 8:45 Tribute to Clifton Chenier: Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band featuring Lil Buck Senegal, with Special Guest C.J. Chenier

Saturday, October 11 – Scène Ma Louisiane

10:30 – 11:30 Ray Abshire and Friends
11:45 – 12:45 T-Salé with tribute to Cyp and Adam Landreneau
1:00 – 2:15 Jambalaya, with Vin Bruce and D. L. Menard
2:30 – 3:30 Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
3:45 – 4:45 Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet & Joel Sonnier
5:00 – 6:00 Feufollet
6:15 – 7:45 Wayne Toups ZydeCajun

Saturday, October 11 – Scene Mon Heritage

10:45 – 11:45 Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sound
12:00 – 1:00 Sons of Voodoo
1:15 – 2:15 Courtbouillon
2:30 – 3:30 Bonsoir Catin
3:45 – 4:45 The Revelers Presented by Festival International de Louisiane
5:00 – 6:30 Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars

Saturday, October 11 – Salle de Danse

11:00 – 12:00 Lafayette Rhythm Devils
12:15 – 1:15 Mercy Brothers
1:30 – 2:30 Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band
2:45 – 3:45 High Performance
2:45 – 3:45 Warren Storm, Willie T and Cypress, with Special Guest T.K. Hulin

Saturday, October 11 – Anniversary Stage

11:30 – 12:30 The Legacy of Rockin’ Dopsie — Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Anthony Dopsie
12:45 – 1:45 John & Alan Lomax, Ralph Rinzer & Festivals Acadiens et Créoles: Cultural Guided Missiles — Josh Caffery, Nick Spitzer, Barry Ancelet, Nathan Salsberg
2:00 – 3:00 Crafts, Portraits, and Cuisine through the Decades — Francis Pavy, Robert Dafford, Benny Graeff, Philip Gould, Miles Peterson, Patrick Mould
3:15 – 4:15 A Conversation with Wayne Toups
4:30 – 5:30 The Legacy of Balfa and Chenier — Christine Balfa, C.J. Chenier

Saturday, October 11 – Atelier

11:30 – 12:30 One Generation at a Time: Families That Play Together – Christine Balfa & Amelia & Sophie Powell, Steve, Elise, Burke & Dolsy Riley
12:45 – 1:45 Fiddlers with Amps — Jamie Bearb, Jason Bergeron, Travis Matte
2:00 – 3:00 Archives to Itunes — Michael Doucet, Chris Segura, Josh Caffery, David Greely, Moderated by Barry Ancelet
3:15 – 4:15 One Generation at a Time: Families That Play Together – Mike, Cameron & Cade Dupuis, Travis & Janson Matte
4:30 – 5:30 Creole Fiddle Summit Presented by Festival International — Jeffrey Broussard, Morris Ardoin, Djalma Garnier

Saturday, October 11 – Jam des Amis Tent

12:00 – 1:15 Kristi Guillory
1:30 – 2:45 The Angelle Aces with Mitch Reed
3:00 – 4:15 Terry Huval & Sons

Sunday, October 12 – Scène Ma Louisiane

10:30 – 11:30 Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys
11:45 – 12:45 Dexter Ardoin and the Creole Ramblers
1:00 – 2:00 Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys
2:15 – 3:15 Robert Jardell tribute to Nathan Abshire
3:30 – 4:30 Bruce Daigrepont
4:45 – 5:45 Savoy Family Band
6:00 – 7:15 Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Sunday, October 12 – Scene Mon Heritage

9:00 – 10:00  French Mass
10:30 – 11:30 Chubby Carriere & Bayou Swamp Band
11:45 – 12:45 The Babineaux Sisters
1:00 – 2:00 Lost Bayou Ramblers
2:15 – 3:15 Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie
3:30 – 4:45 Horace Trahan and the New Ossun Express
5:00 – 6:30 Pineleaf Boys

Sunday, October 12 – Salle de Danse

11:00 – 12:00  TBA
12:15 – 1:15 Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys
1:30 – 2:30 Sweet Crude Presented by Festival International de Louisiane
2:45 – 3:45 Richard LeBoeuf and Two-Step
4:00 – 5:30 The Traiteurs Tribute to Al Berard featuring Sweet Cecilia, Roddie Romero & Special Guest

Sunday, October 12 – Anniversary Stage

11:30 – 12:30 Louisiana Festivals: A New Kind of House Dance — Chris Ardoin, Goldman Thibodeaux
12:45 – 1:45 Festivals Acadiens…ET Créoles — Jeffrey Broussard and Richard Lebeouf
2:00 – 3:00 Forty Years of Festival Memories: Barry Ancelet, Patrick Mould, Keith Cravey, Mark Savoy, & Ray Abshire
3:15 – 4:15 One Generation at a Time: Families That Play Together – Terry, Phillip & Luke Huval, Yvette & Trevor Landry, Richard & Stephen Comeaux
4:30 – 5:30 Young Talents on Stage – Babineaux Sisters, Huval Brothers, Megan & Briggs Brown Moderated by Roddie Romero

Sunday, October 12 – Atelier

11:30 – 12:30 Romantic Negotiations in Song–Marce LaCouture, Megan Brown, David Greely
12:45 – 1:45 Accordion Workshop — Corey Ledet, Roddie Romero Moderated by Patrick Mould
2:00 – 3:00 Women’s Ballads — Ann Savoy & Jane Vidrine
3:15 – 4:15 David Greely Solo
4:30 – 5:30 Milton & Orsy Vanicor with Chris Miller

Sunday, October 12 – Jam des Amis Tent

12:00 – 1:15 Terry Domingue
1:30 – 2:45 The Babineaux Sisters
3:00 – 4:15 Kevin Wimmer

Absolutely no ice chests allowed on festival grounds. For safety purposes, open fires/pits, glass containers, bicycles, skateboards, RVs and pets are also not allowed.
Schedule subject to change without notice.

Ok, folks, this is getting ridiculous.  We’ve already got Festivals Acadiens et Creole in mid-October, Blackpot in late October, and now Rootstock in early November.  Guess I’ll just have to move to Lafayette to get in on it all.  The car won’t take that many trips from New Orleans to Lafayette.  Have fun, y’all!

Fall in south Louisiana is a wonderful time, cooler temperatures, lower humidity, and great music at all kinds of festivals.  The first Westwego Cajun Festival will go on Saturday, Sept. 17.  And you’ll find local and regional festivals all over.  Tattooed Lady Publishing puts out a printed festival calendar that’s really exhaustive and fun to look at !  Online, try Clarence’s Louisiana Festivals.  Anyway, watch your local newspaper, listen to the radio, and get ready to get out and have some fun!