2011 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Jun 11–12, 2011
The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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2011 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

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"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

The fifth annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will take place June 11-12, 2011, at the Old U.S. Mint, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

As in years past, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will take place in conjunction with the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the French Market's Creole Tomato Festival. The three festivals are collectively known as the Vieux To Do.

With three stages of music, more than a dozen food vendors, cooking demonstrations and a large crafts fair - all in the historic French Quarter - the Vieux To Do has become one of the major attractions of New Orleans' social calendar.

BeauSoleil, Terrance Simien and Chubby Carrier - Grammy winners all - will perform, along with many of Louisiana's favorite two-steppin' dance bands.

The complete schedule of performances is as follows:

11:30 am to 1:00 pm Joe Hall & the La. Cane Cutters
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Bruce Daigrepont
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Step Rideau & The Zydeco Outlaws
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

11:00 am to 12:30 pm T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Les Freres Michot
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers

URSULINES STREET STAGE (French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm Creole Zydeco Farmers
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boyz
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots

11:30 am to 1:00 pm High Performance
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm The Bluerunners
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

11:00 am to 12:30 pm Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Ray Abshire
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

URSULINES ST. STAGE (French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival)
11:30 am to 1:00 pm Mary Broussard & Sweet La La
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm The Magnolia Sisters
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Big Red & the Zydeco Playmakers

For photos from the 2010 festival, please see our photo gallery.

As at all of our events, we'll have a huge crafts fair, with 30 of the best artisans in the region selling hand-made art, jewelry and other crafts. See the "Downloads" section below for the complete list of vendors. Or just click here.

We'll have a total of 15 food vendors this year. See the "Downloads" section below for the complete list, including menus and prices. Or just click here.

We are partnering with the St. Bernard Project - a nationally-recognized nonprofit that specializes in rebuilding houses damaged in Hurricane Katrina - to offer a volunteer work day on the Friday before our La. Cajun Zydeco Festival. If you are interested in volunteering to help rebuild houses on Friday, June 10, please see the registration form here. Space is limited. Volunteers will be contacted in advance with details on where to go, what to wear and what to bring. For examples of what our volunteers have done in the past, see the pictures of our recent Community Day of Service in our photo gallery. For more information, contact the St. Bernard Project here.

Looking for a way to get out of the weather and chill for a little while? Then why not stroll over to a nearby club, La Maison du Musique (508 Frenchmen Street) and take in a screening of the fabulous documentary film “The Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey.” The movie features performances by Southwest Louisiana musical heroes like Li’l Band O’ Gold, CC Adcock, Warren Storm, Steve Riley, David Egan, Li’l Buck Sinegal and many more. The screenings will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday as well as Sunday, and are open to the public. Our thanks to the New Orleans Film Society for co-presenting these screenings.

Food, Drinks, Chairs, Pets, etc.:
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is a free event. 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.

No Recording:
Please, no audio or video recording of any performances at the festival.

The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is a presentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events. For more about the Foundation and what we do, visit us online at www.jazzandheritage.org.


Click the links below to download documents.

CLICK HERE to see the official CZF T-shirt image, designed by our friend Susan Hardin!

Links & Downloads:

Art & Craft Vendors
The complete list of confirmed art vendors.

Food Vendors
The complete list of food vendors, with menus and prices


Click the links below to play videos.

Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express "Same Knife Cut the Sheep Cut the Goat"
Terrance Simien Terrance Simien Terrance talks about "My Louisiana"
Chubby Carrier Chubby Carrier And the Bayou Swamp Band
Nathan Williams Nathan Williams Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas at Jazz Fest
Lost Bayou Ramblers Lost Bayou Ramblers LBR at our lil' ol' fest in '08
BeauSoleil BeauSoleil "Parlez Nous A Boire"
Roddie Romero Roddie Romero With the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
Step Rideau Step Rideau And the Zydeco Outlaws
Joe Hall Joe Hall And the La. Cane Cutters
Les Freres Michot Les Freres Michot
Bruce Daigrepont Bruce Daigrepont "Joy Is An Accordion"
The Bluerunners The Bluerunners
Ray Abshire Ray Abshire
Canoe Maker Jesse Stoltzfus Canoe Maker Jesse Stoltzfus Jesse Stoltzfus, the violin player in the band Debauche and first-time canoe maker, decided to set up shop at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival to work on the boat that he’s building as a gift for his niece and nephew.

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2011 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.