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 list of artists playing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2015 has been released.  Here’s the daily lineup for Cajun, Louisiana Creole and zydeco.  Only the date is set, not the stage or time.

Friday, April 24:  Wayne Toups, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Lil, Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, The Revelers (swamp pop)

Saturday, April 25:  Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys.  Cajun pedal steel guitarist Richard Comeaux (High Performance, etc.) and his band The River Rats are also playing; don’t know what kind of music they’ll play.

Sunday, April 26:  BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet 40th anniversary with special guests, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Ray Abshire Cajun Band

Thursday, April 30:  Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys (some Cajun), Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys, Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters.  Also the Yvette Landry Band (bass player Bonsoir, Catin), though her solo work is more country than Cajun.  Sweet Cecilia is an offshoot of the late Al Berard’s daughter’s (Meghan) band.

Friday, May 1:  Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Jambalaya Cajun Band with D. L. Menard, Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners

Saturday, May 2:  Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Bonsoir, Catin

Sunday, May 3:  Buckwheat Zydeco, Pine Leaf Boys, FeuFollet, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Brandon Moreau and Cajungrass

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or just Jazz Fest, has a semi-autonomous group within it, called Congo Square.  It’s a stage for music from the African diaspora.  Every year they have their own poster, and this year it features Buckwheat Zydeco.  Here’s one story on it showing the poster.  And the printer’s story includes some background.  Looks fine to me!

The acts for Jazz Fest 2013 have been announced.  Here are the Cajun, Louisiana Creole and zydeco acts by day.  The exact schedule by stage and time will be out in a month or so.  Some of these acts are borderline, like Yvette Landry, who is part of the Lafayette Rhythm Devils but is also a solo country music act.   There are many repeat acts, which is unusual, so I’m looking for corrections to come out.  Come on down and shake a leg at the Fais Do-Do Stage!

Friday, April 26: Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with special guest Jo-El Sonnier, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Saturday, April 27: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Classie Ballou & the Family Band, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Treater “Le Traiteur de Bayou”

Sunday, April 28:  C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band

Thursday, May 2: Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Balfa Toujours, Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

Friday, May 3: Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with special guest Jo-El Sonnier, Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express, A Tribute to Hadley Castille feat. Sarah & the Sharecroppers

Saturday, May 4:  Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Red Stick Ramblers, Yvette Landry, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Al Berard Family Band

Sunday, May 5:  Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Pine Leaf Boys, Feufollet, Savoy Family Cajun Band, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces

The short list lineup for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) has been announced.  Only a few Cajun, Creole and zydeco bands are part of this preliminary list of the big name acts.  They are Buckwheat Zydeco, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr and the Zydeco Twisters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, the Pine Leaf Boys, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience.  More complete lists for the first weekend and the second weekend are also available.   The dates for Jazz Fest are April 27-May 6, 2012.

The first weekend detailed list has Amanda Shaw, Buckwheat Zydeco, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Pine Leaf Boys, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Savoy Music Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, D. L. Menard and the Louisiana Aces, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Hadley J. Castille Family and the Sharecroppers Band, and Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours.

The second weekend detailed list has Rockin’ Dopsie Jr and the Zydeco Twisters, Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Feufollet, Red Stick Ramblers (Cajun + Gypsy jazz), Lil’ Nathan and the Zydeco Bigtimers, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Joe Hall and the Cane Cutters, Belton Richard and the Musical Aces, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Robert Jardell, Lesa Cormier and the Sundown Playboys, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Kristi Guillory and the Midtown Project (she’s a Cajun accordion player, but I don’t know this band), and Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys.

Here’s Clifton Chenier’s son C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band.  They are live in Badajoz, Spain playing Jambalaya.  That’s the Cajun tune Grand Texas that Hank Williams appropriated for his son. 

Here’s Geno and French Rockin’ Boogie playing Tit Galop pour le Point au Pain on Earth Day in Baton Rouge, La on April 19, 2009.