Saturday, July 30, 2011

SCPC Concert: Go Zydeco!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Take a trip to Zydeco country at this Sunday's Somerset County Park Commission's 15th Annual Bayou Fest at Duke Island Park.

This year's always-lively double-billed concert features Zydeco-A-Go-Go from 5:30-to-6:30 p.m. and CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band from 7-to-8:30 p.m.

To get you in the mood, some photographs from previous SCPC Bayou Fests...

More than a concert, this is a chance for concert-goers to immerse themselves in Cajun culture with the always popular Cajun food sold by Touch Bayou, a catering firm specializing in Cajun and Creole food.

There is no admission charge for the concert. Take a chair or blanket and your camera. Well-mannered dogs on leashes who do well in crowds are welcome.
To increase your appreciation of the concert, learn a little about zydeco music. According to the Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society "...the music draws upon French, Creole, West African, Cajun, Caribbean, and R & B musical traditions. Zydeco Music is characterized by the use of the accordion, spoons, scrubboard, fiddle and triangle...".

Wikipedia has an overview of zydeco music.
To whet your appetite, here is a menu from a past concert...

The Zydeco-A-Go-Go website is here.

The C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band website (where you can listen to some of their music)is here.

Touch Bayou Catering's website is here.

The Somerset County Park Commission news release about this concert is here.

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