2016 LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL
"This festival contains the greatest collection of Cajun and zydeco artists for any festival in the city and perhaps the state."
-- Charles Laborde, host of "Lache Pas," the weekly Cajun and zydeco show heard on WWOZ-FM
Welcome to the 10th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, a free event produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Once again, we’ll present a stellar lineup that includes many of Louisiana’s most beloved Cajun and zydeco performers, including Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars and many more.
This year, we’re keeping the zydeco all in the family. We’re opening the festival with a special tribute to the late zydeco king Boozoo Chavis – featuring two of his grandsons leading their own bands: RJ Chavis & the Creole Sounds, and Justin Chavis & the Doghill Stompers. And on Sunday, we’ll present two of the Ardoin brothers – grandsons of the famous Bois Sec Ardoin – Sean Ardoin and his band Zydekool, and Chris Ardoin (a hugely popular performer in his own right) leading Beau Jocque’s old band, the Hi Rollers.
See below for the complete music schedule.
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival takes place in Louis Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116).
HOW TO GET THERE
The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus route No. 91 passes directly in front of Armstrong Park. See the route map here. The fare is $1.25 each eay.
On Saturday, June 18, parking will be available in the Basin Street Station Lot (located at 501 Basin Street, just across from Armstrong Park by the old Winn-Dixie) for $15 per vehicle. On Sunday, June 19, parking will be free in the lot at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in Armstrong Park (enter via Basin Street).
FREE BICYCLE PARKING
Our friends at Bike Easy will staff a free bicycle valet at the festival. So ride on down and leave your bike while you dance the zydeco, knowing your ride will be safe and secure.
2016 LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL MUSIC SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 18:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RJ Chavis & the Creole Sounds
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Justin Chavis & the Doghill Stompers
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. Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
Sunday, June 19:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bruce Daigrepont
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sean Ardoin & Zydekool
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Chris Ardoin & Nu Step (tribute to Beau Jocque)
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
As at all of our events, we'll have a huge crafts fair, with 25 of the best artisans in the region selling hand-made art, jewelry and other crafts. Application for craft vendors are open until April 15. To apply online, see here.
It's the season for seafood, so that's what our diverse group of food vendors will feature. Louisiana oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab, boudin and alligator are on the menu. With 10 vendors of savory entrees and four for cool and refreshing desserts, there's a taste of something for everyone. Applications for food vendors are open until April 15. To apply online, see here.
Yes, it's hot in New Orleans in June. But we'll help you keep your cool as you boot-scoot to the two-step beat with a half-dozen misting fans provided by our friends at Mist Works.
This year, we're adding a Kids Tent so parents can let their children enjoy supervised creative activities while they boogie to the music. Workshop sessions will include making corn collages, butterfly fans, an explorer journal and colorful drawings, plus face-painting. The Kids tent will be open from noon to 5:00 p.m. both days of the festival.
Food, Drinks, Chairs, Pets, etc.:
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is a free event. Donations are gratefully accepted. Please help us to keep this and our other events free by patronizing our food and beverage vendors. Except for those with specific dietary restrictions or special needs, we ask that you not bring coolers or ice chests with outside food and beverages. Camp chairs or folding chairs are welcome. Please respect our other guests by not bringing pets to the festival. Thank you.
Please, no audio or video recording of any performances at the festival.
KEEP IT GREEN
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival recycles. Please use the designated receptacles for your plastic and aluminum disposables.