Sunday, August 12, 2012

SCPC Concert: Annual Bayou Fest Tonight

Laissez les bon temps rouler!
The Somerset County Park Commission's popular Bayou Fest starts at 5:30 p.m.
This year's double-bill features The VooDUDES from 5:30-to-6:30 p.m. followed by Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys from 7:00-to-8:30 p.m.

According to the SCPC, about The VooDUDES...
New Jersey's own Mardi Gras Party Band, the VooDUDES will strut their musical stuff to kick off this year's Bayou Fest. A mixed bag of Creole Soul, Swamp Funk, and Bayou Boogie, the VooDUDES incorporate elements of R&B, boogie-woogie, Zydeco, Latin, honky-tonk gospel, southern folk, and island music into their own distinctive blend of what can only be described as Louisiana music with a New Jersey accent.

and about Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys...
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys is a hot new band on the Zydeco scene. They deliver great renditions of Creole classics, as well as their own brand of contemporary Zydeco. Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys represent a new generation of Zydeco, presented with contemporary flair and expertise. They create incredible music with outstanding performances, inspiring new Creole zydeco fans.

Concertgoers who want to go all-in on the Bayou culture should bring a few dollars to try the Cajun and Creole food, catered by Touch Bayou Catering. To get your mouth watering, here is a 2009 menu:

There is no charge for the concert. Take a chair or blanket and a camera. Be prepared to dance. Have fun!
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.
For more information about this year's Somerset County Park Commission Summer
Concert Series go here.

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