"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
NEW LOCATION! After seven fantastic years at the Old U.S. Mint, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is moving. We're heading to beautiful Armstrong Park - in the historic Tremé neighborhood. We'll be in the lovingly-renovated Louis Armstrong Plaza, the same place where we do our Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival in November. We're also saying "farewell" to our friends at the French Market's Creole Tomato Festival - we used to share a weekend with them, but this year they will be June 7-8, while our Cajun-Zydeco Fest will be June 14-15.
The eighth annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is proud to present a stellar lineup of performers.The legendary Buckwheat Zydeco will join us for the first time since 2010. Also performing will be the world-famous BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet featuring special guest Jo-El Sonnier, as well as everyone's favorite "zydeco sweetheart," Rosie Ledet.
We're also pleased to welcome back some of our stalwart performers - such as Bruce Daigrepont, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Dwayne Dopsie, Les Freres Michot and the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Also making a return appearance is zydeco ace Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys.
New to our stage this year is the hot New Orleans band Sweet Crude.
FREE DANCE LESSONS
The dance team of Glenn Laigast and Lori Bertaut from www.zydecocajundancelessons.com will be on hand for the entire festival, leading dance classes for those who need to brush up on their two-step! Dance lessons will take place in front of the stage between bands - at 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45 and 6:15 pm both days of the festival.
Parking will be available in the Basin Street Lot (located at 501 Basin Street, just across from Armstrong Park by the old Winn-Dixie) for $10 per vehicle. Parking is not available at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
2014 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival Schedule
Saturday, June 14
11:00 am to 12:15 pm Sean Ardoin & Zydekool
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm Les Freres Michot
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Jeffery Broussard
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm Buckwheat Zydeco
Sunday, June 15
11:00 am to 12:15 pm Bruce Daigrepont
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm Sunpie & the La. Sunspots
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Sweet Crude
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers
5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet with special guest Jo-El Sonnier
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm Rosie Ledet
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. For the complete list of arts market vendors, see here. See examples of their work here.
It's the season for seafood, so that's what our diverse group of food vendors will feature. Louisiana shrimp, catfish, soft-shell crab and even alligator are on the menu. Some of our dishes have a distinctly Cajun influence (blackened catfish, shrimp creole, shrimp & girts, boudin), and some embrace the global palate that is New Orleans (gulf shrimp crepe with tasso cream sauce, shrimp & crabmeat ravigote salad). There will be hearty po boys and also light summer fare. For the complete list of vendors and menu items, 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 and is brought to you by New Orleans educational resource Our Mammys.
ON THE RADIO
Our Jazz & Heritage community radio station, WWOZ-FM, will broadcast all day Saturday (but not Sunday) from the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival. Catch it from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (New Orleans time) on 90.7 FM or www.wwoz.org.
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 deginated receptacles for your plastic and aluminum disposables.