Popular with music lovers and families, the Long Beach Bayou Festival – a Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival – once again unites the Mardi Gras atmosphere; Cajun & Creole food delicacies; and Blues, Cajun & Zydeco music at Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach, CA for the 28th year on Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22, 2014.
11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:00 am – 8:00pm on Sunday, June 22, 2014 For information and tickets, call (562) 912-4451 or go to: www.longbeachbayou.com
The festival features two stages of music: one with Blues music, and one with Zydeco and Cajun music, plus continuous dancing on a large covered wooden dance floor and easy dance instruction for all ages. The Festival also boasts a festive costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a colorful French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish étouffée, hush puppies, red beans and rice, and other Cajun & Creole delicacies; plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. With crawfish eating contests for the whole family, the Kids’ Corner also has extensive children’s activities for kids and teens of all ages include making costumes, masks and umbrellas for the Mardi Gras Parade, arts and crafts, storytelling, magic, sing-a-longs, kids’ shows and more.
It’s a power packed show with the Delta Groove All Stars headlining Saturday’s Blues Stage. Presenting “a history of the blues that every fan can appreciate,” the All Stars include: Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos, Jackie Payne, Lynwood Slim, Kara Grainger, Steve Freund, and Randy Chortkoff. Says Chortkoff, “what we deliver is onstage is more like what you’d get with Ike Turner back in the day, a self-contained traveling blues festival.”
Chicago-born, Denver-bred, Otis Taylor headlines Sunday’s Blues Stage celebrating his brand new CD, “My World is Gone,” which has already received five stars on amazon.com .His last album, “Otis Taylor’s Contraband” took the honors for Downbeat Magazine’s Top Blues Album in 2012. Another highlight is L.A via Louisiana’s seventy-two year old soul and blues legend, Sonny Green who hits the Blues Stage on Sunday.
Barbara Morrison brings her two-and-a-half octave range back to the festival stage, this year accompanied by Al Williams. Barbara has been blazing a trail around the world as a jazz and blues legend with her soulful interpretations of jazz and blues classics as well as contemporary originals.
Jimbo Ross has played with the likes of the Moody Blues, Pete Townsend, Bob Dylan, Johnny Mathis and Led Zeppelin to name a few. He sings with soulful blues passion and plays electric viola with a blazing virtuosic fire, earning respect in almost every genre. Also performing on the Blues Stage is Rosa Lee Brooks who recorded with Jimi Hendrix and “the formidable guitar modernist” Southside Slim with his hard rockin’ blues.
Rounding out the Blues Stage is 2010 Los Angeles Music Award winner, Shari Puorto Band, and 20+year veterans Floyd & the Flyboys whose members have played with artists ranging from The Eagles to Ray Charles and The Temptations, and who create an instant party with classic rock ‘n’ soul, blues, funk, jump/swing, New Orleans R&B and more. The Zydeco Stage boasts authentic Louisiana bands helmed by Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, who have five critically acclaimed CD’s and have wowed crowds in over 35 countries with their brand of Blues, Zydeco, funk and West African rhythms. The dance floor will be filled the whole weekend with the addition of Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys and their pack-the-floor renditions of Creole classics and contemporary Zydeco, as well as T-Lou & His Hot Louisiana Zydeco Band – a leading light in the Los Angeles Zydeco scene. The Zydeco Stage lineup also includes the dubbed “Delta King” Mark St. Mary’s Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band, all-female Cajun band The Creole Belles, and the infectious rhythms of Bonne Musique Zydeco.
Rainbow Lagoon Park is located on the north side of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue. Parking is available on the Marina Green Parking Lot across from Rainbow Lagoon Park. Hilton Long Beach & Executive Center, located at 701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90831 is offering special room rates. Call the hotel at (562) 983-3400, and ask for the Bayou Festival rate, to book a room at $145. The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group, LLC. A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.
Tickets: Adults: $25/day-advance, $30/day-gate
Seniors (60+) and Students (18+): $20/advance, $30/day at the gate
Children 12 & under: free
Long Beach Bayou Festival, June 21-22, 2014
Rainbow Lagoon Park, (at Linden Ave & Shoreline Dr), Long Beach, CA Sat: 11 am – 9:00 pm, Sun: 11 am – 8:00 pm Ticket purchase and Info: (562) 912-4451 www.longbeachbayou.com