Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals

Festival-O-Rama

2019

June 22-23, 2019 --- Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (New Orleans, LA)

Free event in New Orleans. Artists include The Daiquiri Queens, Bruce Daigrepont, Nouveaux Cajun Express, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Joie D’ Louisiane by Amanda Shaw, Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys, Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, Chubby Carrier, Dwayne Dopsie.  https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco

 

July 4-7, 2019 --- Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland)

Artists include Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Feufollet, Lil Pookie and Zydeco Sensations, Wayne Singleton and Same Ol' 2-Step, Shemekia Copeland, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Robert Cray Band, the California Honeydrops, Curtis Salgado Big Band, Larkin Poe, Sugaray Rayford. Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble will be performing on the Friday afternoon "Bayou Blues Dance Cruise." Website: http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

July 7-12, 2019 --- Cajun-Creole Week at Augusta Heritage Center (West Virginia)

"It's a great way to get out of the heat and head for some of the most scenic mountains in the East. Over the years a lot of Floridians have attended." Workshops with Walter Mouton, John Vidrine, Chris Miller, Jesse Lége and Blake Miller, Corey Ledet, Jason Frey, Gina Forsyth, Mitch Reed and Kevin Wimmer, Christine Balfa and Courtney Granger, Drew Simon, and more. Our staff of Cajun and Creole workshop leaders keeps participants buzzing with excitement in the classroom and pulsing with energy on the pavilion dance floor! Each day starts with a fresh cup of Cajun coffee and a jam session. Workshops meet 10-11:45 a.m. and 2:30-3:45 p.m. After lunch, everyone gathers for special presentations on Cajun and Creole music and culture. With mini-courses, jam sessions, concerts, dances and a gumbo party, it’s a gala week of nonstop music and dancing. Cajun & Creole Week runs concurrently with Classic Country Week; Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops; Folk Arts for Kids; and Evening Mini-Courses. The two weeks have been paired together since Classic Country Week began in 2010, and the combination creates wonderful opportunities for participants to interact through cross-theme cultural sessions, special evening events, swapping tunes and songs in jam sessions, and sharing in the fun. $530 tuition does not include dorm accommodations ($430 per person double occupancy, $570 per person single occupancy). https://augustaheritagecenter.org/augusta-schedule/cajuncreole/

July 18-21 --- Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (Trumansburg, NY)

Donna the Buffalo hosts: Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band, Feufollet, Jim Lauderdale, Preston Frank & His Zydeco Family Band, Walter Mouton & The Scott Playboys, Taj Mahal Quartet, Railroad Earth, Rising Appalachia, Todd Snider, Willie Watson, Ryan Montbleau Band, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Driftwood, Tony Perez Band, BKO, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Garifuna Collective,  Nativos Jammin' Orchestra, Jose Albizu Jazz Trio, Swamp Kids, Root Shock, Mosaic Foundation, The Turbans, The Crucials, Sammus,  Ephniko, DJ Evo Evolution, Oliver Bates Craven, Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones, Dirty Blanket, ¡Viva Mayhem!, Ruth Rosenblatt & George Cooke,  PA Line, Drank The Gold, Tattat, Folkfaces, Vicious Fishes, Richie & Rosie, Cortadito, Sim Redmond Band, Gunpoets, The Campbell Brothers, Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots, Keith Secola & His Wild Band, Ithaca Bottom Boys, Sihasin, Fall Creek Brass Band, Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe, The Flying Clouds of South Carolina, Moontee Sinquah, Kevin Kinsella, Hank Roberts, Tenzin Chopak, Empire Kings, Double Tiger, Traonach, Mac Benford & Up South, Plastic Nebraska,  Mary Lorson, The Sutras, KidBess & The Magic Ring, The Fly Rods, Bubba George String Band, The Talktomes, December Wind, Calico Moon, Uniit Carruyo, GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca Underground w/ Anamon, The Miserable Genius, La Llorona, Motherwort.  www.grassrootsfest.org

July 19-20, 2019 --- Cajun Music & Food Festival (Lake Charles, LA)

2019 band information not available as of this posting. Celebrating for than 30 years of preserving and promoting Cajun music and heritage with continuous live Cajun music, traditional Cajun foods, arts and crafts, Cajun waltz and two-step dance contests, and children's activities all at Burton Coliseum 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. Friday and 9:00 AM to 11:00 p.m. Saturday. In addition, we have a Cajun French mass and donut social on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM at the CFMA Building and Museum located at 3481 E, Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles. Admission: $8.00 - Children under 12 Free. Phone: (337) 794-2541. Venue: Burton Complex, Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, LA 70605. https://www.visitlakecharles.org/event/cajun-music-and-food-festival/31340/

July 26-28, 2019 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival

"Fat Friday" 5-10 p.m., Sat./Sun. 12-10 p.m. Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. Lineup includes: Headliner is Dr. Zog Band (from Austin), David Sousa and the Zydeco Mudbugs, T-Luke and The Tight Suits, A.J. Gibbs Mr. 1 Man Show, magic show. http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

August 8-11, 2019  --- Buffalo By The Bayou Cajun & Zydeco Music & Dance (West Virginia)

Bands include Andre Thierry, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Mo' Mojo, Blake Miller & The Old Fashioned Aces. Registration opens May 28, 2019. To request more information or request to be on the mailing list, send an email to: BuffalobytheBayou@gmail.com. Please include your name. Thursday -Sunday: Cabin (Shared) bed/with meals $350. Camping/ with meals $250. Offsite/ with meals $200. More info on facilities at buffalogapretreat.com Nearest motel accommodations 30 min. drive. Capon Bridge, West Virginia. Information: buffalobythebayou@gmail.com  Website: http://www.dancingbythebayou.com/

August 9-11, 2019 --- 8th Annual Baja Blues Fest

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Mercedes Moore Band, Backwater Blues Band, "The Fallbrook Kid" Anthony Cullins. On the beach at Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort. Info: http://www.bajabluesfest.org/

August 17-18, 2019 --- Cotati Accordion Festival (Cotati, CA)

Bands include Andre Thierry, Mark St. Mary Louisiana Band, MotorDude Zydeco, and a variety of accordion bands representing different genres of music. This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California. Festival location is north of San Francisco. http://www.cotatifest.com

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2019 --- Ninigret Rhythm & Roots Festival (Rhode Island)

Bands include Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, The Pine Leaf Boys, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Roddy Romero and the Hub City All Stars, The Mavericks, Marcia Ball, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Travelin' McCourys, Los Texmaniacs, Tampa Bay's Victor Wainwright and The Train. Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. http://www.rhythmandroots.com/ws/pages/home.php

Aug. 30 & 31, 2019 --- 20th Annual Cane River Zydeco Festival (Natchitoches, LA)

All musical events are held on the downtown stage in the historic district, Natchitoches, Louisiana. All musical events are held on the downtown stage in the historic district, Natchitoches, Louisiana. https://www.natchitoches.com/event/20th-annual-cane-river-zydeco-festival. Post will be updated when bands are announced.

Oct. 3-6, 2019 — Fall Shaker Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (Hadley, North Carolina)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. https://shakorihillsgrassroots.org

October 10-13, 2019 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Lafayette)

This listing will be updated with dates and bands as they are announced. Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, LA. Celebrate the rhythm of Cajun and Creole life at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Dance to a traditional waltz. Two-step to the upbeat rhythms of accordions, fiddles and ti fers (triangles). Step back in time as traditional crafters demonstrate their artistry. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles pays tribute to the Cajun and Creole cultures with a combination of FREE festivals. Held the second weekend in October! http://www.festivalsacadiens.com

October 10-13, 2019 --- Suwannee Roots Revival (Live Oak, FL)

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Suwannee Roots Revival featuring some of the finest in Americana, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Zydeco, Blues, and more! The event takes place Thursday, October 11 - Sunday, October 14 at the magical Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL. With multiple stages (Amphitheater Stage, Porch Stage, Dance Tent, Music Hall, and Music Farmer’s Stage) Suwannee Roots Revival is jam-packed with stellar music and dance! A handful of bands will perform multiple sets and some artists will be participating in workshops throughout the weekend. This family-friendly festival includes four days of music, camping, yoga, a Kids Tent, as well as campground pickin’ sessions hosted by Sloppy Joe at Slopryland and Quartermoon at Bill Monroe Shrine as well as throughout SOSMP! Set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River, the venue is a playground for endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf, and biking. Tickets: www.suwanneerootsrevival.com/tickets/

 

Oct. 24 through Nov. 9, 2019 --- American Cajun, Blues and Zydeco Festival (Germany)

Bands include Dwight 'Black Cat' Carrier, Joe Hall and the Canecutters, and Michael Juan Nunez. Since 2001 the festival is on the road and 2018 it will tour throughout Germany to bring authentic music from Louisiana to the fans and friends of Cajun, Blues and Zydeco. The festival honors these particular genres from Louisiana with artists from USA and Europe. Contact  info@magnetic-music.com. Website: http://www.americancajunfestival.com

 

Oct. 24-28, 2019 --- Zydeco on the Seas Weekend Cruise Getaway (Galveston, TX)

Cruise to Cozumel, an island off the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Dance to Lil Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers and Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers. Cost starts at $548 per person based on double occupancy. Contact Ms DeVine, The Travel Team @ 713-417-5409 or 832-434-9917.

 

October 26-27, 2019 --- South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff (Lafayette, LA)

South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff in Acadian Village, Lafayette, LA. The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually at Lafayette’s Acadian Village, the festival celebrates its 5th year this October with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & jamming. The festival is a cooperative of south Louisiana musicians, artists and southern culture enthusiasts, creating an unprecedented gathering of south Louisiana’s hottest roots bands, as well as a number of groups from all over the country. Live performances range from Cajun & Zydeco, to Creole, Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Irish & Old-Time. Plus, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space for tents & RV’s.  Confirm the dates and location at http://blackpotfestival.com

 

November 1-3, 2019 --- Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (Pensacola)

Bands include Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Patchouli, Arcadian Wild. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the best-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the United States. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The Festival is ranked #30 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Location: Seville Square, Pensacola, Florida. Website: http://www.ggaf.org

 

November 2-3, 2019 --- Halifax Art Festival (Daytona Beach)

2nd oldest continual art festival in the state of Florida and attracts well over 30,000 visitors annually. This free festival, open to the public, on historic downtown Beach Street from Orange Avenue to Bay Street n front of the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach. The Festival will have over 200 juried artists and artisans exhibiting original two-dimensional art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, wood, metal, and glass pieces for purchase. The Festival has expanded to celebrate seasoned as well as emerging artists and craftsmen. There will be two distinct exhibit areas. International street cuisine and good old-fashioned festival food will be featured for the hungry festival attendees. Beach Street cafes and restaurants will be open and featuring festival specials. There will, also, be live entertainment with musicians playing a variety of popular music. Website: http://halifaxartfestival.com/

 

Nov. 7-10, 2019 --- Riverhawk Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

Riverhawk is a four-day music festival featuring national and regional acts on 3 stages. An eclectic array of music featuring Americana, Bluegrass, Jamgrass, Celtic, Newgrass, Cajun and more keep your ears busy! The full program for kids includes jugglers, face painters, balloon artists and their own performers along with old fashioned hayrides, piñatas and a ping pong ball race in the meandering stream that runs through the camp. Allowing them to understand and touch various acoustic instruments lights a spark that may change their future! This year we have built a youth pavilion just for them… it will be completed by mid October!  Come camp with the whole family in a beautiful setting. Enjoy the music, the arts and crafts vendors and the fine friendly folks! This listing will be updated with dates and bands as they are announced. Website: http://www.riverhawkmusic.com/

 

November 7-10, 2019 (Dates not confirmed) --- Cracklin Festival (Port Barre, LA)

Website: http://www.portbarrecracklinfestival.com/

 

November 22-24, 2019 --- Suncoast Jazz Festival (Clearwater Beach, FL)

Swing Dance will be Friday, Nov. 22. In the past, the cost for attending the Swing Dance was $25. Tickets may become available at the Gulfport Casino Wednesday night swing dances. Bands announced for 2019 include Cajun band Tom Rigney and Flambeau, dance bands Adrian Cunningham and His Old School, Dave Bennett Quartet, and Cornet Chop Suey, and other jazz bands Queen City Jazz Band with Wende Harston,  Jason Marsalis and His 21st Century Trad Jazz Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Allen, Ehud Asherie, Molly Ryan, Matt Home, The Sierra Seven, Bakey and Betty, Tom Hook and the Terrier Brothers, Wally's Warehouse Waifs, La Lucha,, and guest musicians Nate Najar, Tommy Cedil, James Suggs, John Lamb, Heather Thorn, Bob Price, Dan Howard, Herb Roselle, Betty Comora, Mike Evans and Pepper.  Website: http://www.suncoastjazzfestival.com/

 

Dec. 6-8, 2019  --- Bradenton Blues Festival

Bands include Kenny Neal (really good at Tampa Bay Blues Fest!), The Duke Robillard Band, Biscuit Miller and The Mix, Toronzo Cannon, Annika Chambers, John Primer. Website: www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/

 

December 6-7, 2019 --- Balboa Park December Nights (San Diego)

Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 39th consecutive year on Friday, December 2 from 3-11pm and Saturday, December, 3 from noon-11pm. Friends, families and the community are invited to come together for festive fun, food and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5-9pm. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 350,000 visitors to the park over two days to revel and enjoy the season. Each year Bon Temps Social Club and Gator By The Bay host bands at the BTSC dance stage featuring danceable music by Cajun, zydeco, blues, and country bands. A different band takes the stage every hour, and free dance lessons are taught at the band breaks. https://www.sandiego.gov/december-nights

 

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

http://www.zydecoevents.com/texaszydecoevents.html

 

These unique listings are compiled by Jim Hance directly from prominent band and festival websites. Changes in lineups and times are common. Refer to both the event websites and websites of your favorite artists appearing at the festivals prior to making your travel plans.

 

 

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