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.

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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)

There is a Cajun and zydeco stage by the Aquarium at the 2012 French Quarter Festival.  The dates are Thursday through Sunday, April 12-15, 2012.  All events are in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  And the festival is free!  C’est gratuit!  Can’t beat the price; just come on down.  Here are the Cajun and zydeco acts:

Thursday, April 12:

  • Brandon Moreau & Cajungrass
  • Poche Vide Playboys
  • Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe
  • Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band [one of the best!]
  • Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys

Friday, April 13:

  • Jonno & Bayou Deville
  • The Jimmy Thibodeaux Band
  • Waylon Thibodeaux Band
  • The Pine Leaf Boys [excellent!]
  • Sean Ardoin
  • Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Road Runner

Saturday, April 14:

  • Tank & the Zydeco Codebreakers
  • Les Frérès Michot
  • Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers [excellent!]
  • Donna Angelle & the Zydeco Posse
  • Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars

Sunday, April 15:

  • Big Easy Playboys
  • J.J. Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts
  • Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots
  • Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band [Grammy winners]
  • Rockin’ Dopsie Jr & the Zydeco Twisters

At this year’s French Quarter Festival, there will be a new stage, the OffBeat Cajun/Zydeco Showcase.  It is located in the plaza adjacent to the Audubon Aquarium.  Here’s the schedule, and remember, it’s all free:

OffBeat Cajun/Zydeco Showcase

Thursday, April 7
3:00 PM – 4:45 PM     Zydecosis
5:00 PM – 6:45 PM     Tank and the Zydeco Codebreakers

Friday, April 8
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM     Waylon Thibodeaux
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM     Les Freres Michot
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM     Lost Bayou Ramblers
4:00 PM – 5:45 PM     Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM     Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
7:15 PM – 8:45 PM     Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band

Saturday, April 9
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM     Jonno & Bayou Deville
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM     Jimmy Thibodeaux Band
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM     Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco

Hellraisers
4:00 PM – 5:45 PM     Big Red & The Playmakers
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM     Donna Angelle & the Zydeco Posse
7:15 PM – 8:45 PM     Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys

Sunday, April 10
11:15 AM – 1:00 PM     PorcheVide Playboys
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM     J. J. Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM     Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
5:15 PM – 7:00 PM     Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters

OffBeat Cajun/Zydeco Showcase