The 12th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will take over Armstrong Park June 23-24, 2018.
The free festival celebrates cajun music and its hybrid offspring, Zydeco. There are two stages with all-star performers. The 2018 festival has Grammy winners, The Lost Bayou Ramblers, headlining, as well Grammy nominees, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers.
The full schedule is as followed:
Saturday, June 23:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Bruce Daigrepont
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sean Ardoin
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Les Freres Michot
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lost Bayou Ramblers
Sunday, June 24:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Li'l Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Chris Ardoin & NuStep
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
The festival also features crafts of skilled artisans from the Acadiana Region. They sell art, jewelry, hand-carved duck decoys, and more. Further, there is a kids’ tent with crafts for youngsters to enjoy. You can also learn a thing or two at the live cooking demonstrations.
Whether you’re two stepping, indulging in mouth-watering seafood or shopping the arts market, the festival is a great way to spend the afternoon with family and friends.
For over 200 years, Cajun music has featured the sounds of fiddles, accordions, guitars, and vocals, typically in French and English, creating its distinct sound. Zydeco music evolved from Cajun, often using the same instrumentation, but includes a washboard, horns, and other instruments. Zydeco also takes influence from R&B, soul, jazz, rock, gospel, and hip-hop.
For more information about the festival, visit www.jazzandheritage.org/cajunzydeco.