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CAFÉ R&B

June 21, 2015 @ 3:30 pm4:45 pm
Blues Stage

CAFÉ R&B, featuring Vocalist Roach, and her guitar-slinging husband Byl Carruthers, have been wowing audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe for 15 years. They have released 4 Critically acclaimed Albums, including their most recent: “American Music” They are considered one of the most exciting live acts in the Blues, and beyond. The CAFÉ R&B sound is firmly rooted in electric Blues, but theirs is a tapestry of Blues, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Americana.   Past Performances Include: Chicago Blues Festival…

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CHUBBY CARRIER AND THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND

June 21, 2015 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

“Ain’t no party like a Chubby party!” If you haven’t experienced the high energy, swamp funky zydeco sound of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, it is high time that you join the legions of fans that have. Once the accordion-playing virtuoso grabs the mic and takes to the stage with his band mates, audiences are treated to a show like no other. Chubby’s sound is infectious – a concoction of blues, 70s funk, rock and roll, and good-ole…

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DANCE LESSON

June 21, 2015 @ 4:50 pm5:10 pm
Blues Stage
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DANCE LESSON

June 21, 2015 @ 5:05 pm5:25 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA
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ZAC HARMON

June 21, 2015 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm
Blues Stage

Born and raised in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi, Zac Harmon is a true disciple of the music that emanated from the city’s historic Farish Street district, universally recognized as the home of such great blues legends like the late, great Elmore James. While in high school and college, Harmon gigged as a guitarist for the likes of Z.Z. Hill, Dorothy Moore and Sam Myers. Relocating to L.A. in the early eighties, he worked as a studio musician and then…

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GENO DELAFOSE

June 21, 2015 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

Geno Delafose (born February 6, 1971 in Eunice, Louisiana) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He isone of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose. Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band,…

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GATES OPEN

June 18, 2016 @ 11:00 am9:00 pm
Main Gate
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BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO

June 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

Bonne Musique Zydeco (BMZ), literally “good zydeco music,” is a 6-member band specializing in the Creole music of Louisiana and east Texas. BMZ draws upon the style of traditional Cajun and Creole musicians, and the influences of the blues and New Orleans artists of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s to create a blend of music designed for dancing. Bervick J. Deculus, a native of Louisiana, bass player and leader of BMZ, founded the band in 1991. He is carrying on…

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WILLIAM “SOUL” PORTER

June 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm1:15 pm
Blues Stage

When you first meet Porter, you might notice his quiet demeanor and friendly smile.  After you’ve talked with him, you’ll also remember his hearty laugh, sincerity, zest for life, and, most of all, his love for music. He was born in Mississippi and named William Saul Porter, then later changed his name to William “Soul” Porter.  He and his family moved to Watts, California when he was six years old.  He attended Jordan High School and received a track scholarship…

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ZYDECO DANCE LESSON WITH KAREN REDDING

June 18, 2016 @ 1:05 pm1:25 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA
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ADVANCED ZYDECO DANCE LESSON WITH GREG BENUSA

June 18, 2016 @ 1:20 pm1:40 pm
Blues Stage
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MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND

June 18, 2016 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

Mark St. Mary’s Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band is a 5 member band that plays traditional Louisiana blues and Zydeco music. Dubbed the “Delta King” and awarded the “Best Zydeco Band” in 2007 by Bay Area Blues Society, Mark’s been playing his traditional style of Zydeco music since the age of 13. His music is best described as infectious – once the band starts playing, the crowd doesn’t want him to stop, yelling “Play One More” over and over! Mark…

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KENNY SARA & THE SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS

June 18, 2016 @ 1:45 pm3:00 pm
Blues Stage

“Foot Tapping Musical Gumbo”, says LA Times musical critic Don Heckman. Kenny Sara & The Sounds Of New Orleans entertained many fans from around the world weekly at Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney for more than a decade. Grace Le with the OC weekly wrote in a review, “Kenny Sara is the real New Orleans deal”. She also states that, “Kenny has got a sound that will sweep you up and carry you right into the bayou”. This…

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WALTZ DANCE LESSON WITH PAT MUELLER

June 18, 2016 @ 3:05 pm3:25 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA
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CAJUN DANCE LESSON WITH SANDY BAKER

June 18, 2016 @ 3:05 pm3:25 pm
Blues Stage
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LA RECOLTE CAJUN BAND

June 18, 2016 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

This five-member band consists of an array of talented musicians from the heart of Acadiana. The name of the band, “La Recolte” (The Harvest), was influenced by their desire to keep traditions alive and inspired the release of their debut CD “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes…” The band earned the distinction of “Best New CD of the Year” for the Annual “Le Cajun Awards 2014” sponsored by the Cajun French Music Association. They have been featured on the Grand Ole…

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JIMMY HEWITT & THE SOUL DOGG BAND

June 18, 2016 @ 3:30 pm4:45 pm
Blues Stage

Soul Blues Guitarist Jimmy brings the unique sounds and song stylings of his group “Soul Dogg” to the Long Beach Bayou Festival this year. A mix of originals and specially arranged classics, ‘Soul Dogg” carries 2 Tenor Saxes and performs a variety of soul blues along with drop, snap, and bump blues funk. Jimmy likes to call it the “sauce”, and mixes his musical recipes to engage all ages of soul and blues fans universally. Jimmy is Long Beach/ L.A.…

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DANCE LESSON WITH A.J. GIBBS

June 18, 2016 @ 4:50 pm5:10 pm
Blues Stage
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Mardi Gras Parade: NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND with LALA Second Line Dancers

June 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm5:30 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

The New Orleans “Traditional” Jazz Band has been featured at Disneyland and is available for all occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, parades or corporate events in the greater Los Angeles area. We started doing parades such as the Los Angeles Kingdom Day parade, the Revlon Walk Cure for Breast Cancer in 2002, and around 2007 our first showing at the Long Beach Bayou Festival, which we have done every year since. We have been in the Hawaiian Gardens Parade,…

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TERRY & THE ZYDECO BAD BOYS

June 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

Founded in 2001 and hailing from Duson, Louisiana Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys play a traditional style of Zydeco music with its foundation in Creole La La Music. Led by accordion player Terry Domingue the band plays some of the most interesting contemporary Zydeco around, both highly innovative and deeply respectful of tradition. And the group’s name notwithstanding, they are all genuinely nice guys.

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LEON HUGHES, SR. AND HIS COASTERS

June 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm
Blues Stage

About Leon Hughes, Sr. Born Leon Hughes, May 6, 1930 in Los Angeles County, CA. Started acting with his parents as a child and toured with early lineups of the Hollywood Flames (with which he also recently acted in a 1998 revival show). He was an original member of the Lamplighters during 1952-53 (together with Mathew Nelson and Willie Ray Rockwell). Hughes left the Lamplighters before they recorded with new lead Al Frazier. Leon was recommended by Bobby Nunn (who…

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ZYDECO DANCE LESSON WITH A.J. GIBBS

June 18, 2016 @ 7:05 pm7:25 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA
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STEP DANCE LESSON WITH DJ SWEAT

June 18, 2016 @ 7:05 pm7:25 pm
Blues Stage
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LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS

June 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton Louisiana. He comes from a family of Zydeco musicians. His father Leo “The Bull” Thomas is the only Zydeco musician to lead a Zydeco band from the drums. Leroy’s father has a distinct method of drumming that inspired not only his sons, but is still emulated by many Zydeco bands today. Other family related Zydeco musicians are Keith Frank, a second cousin on his mother’s side, Geno Delafose,…

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GUITAR SHORTY

June 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Blues Stage

Legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. Like a bare knuckled boxer, Shorty strikes with his blistering, physical guitar playing and his fierce vocals, connecting directly with body and soul. What really sets Shorty apart is his absolutely unpredictable, off-the-wall guitar playing. He reaches for sounds, riffs and licks…

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GATES OPEN

June 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am9:00 pm
Main Gate
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J.J. CAILLIER & THE ZYDECO KNOCKOUTS

June 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

J. J. Caillier III was born October 27, 1967 in Lafayette, LA. He remembers, “When he was eight years old, his father had a Zydeco and blues record store where he would spend most of his time working alongside of his dad. He has had the opportunity to meet several legends of Zydeco artists such as Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat, and Rockin Sidney.” In the late 70’s, J.J.’s father became a driving force in the Zydeco music revival. He hosted a…

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KENNY SARA & THE SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS

June 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm1:15 pm
Blues Stage

“Foot Tapping Musical Gumbo”, says LA Times musical critic Don Heckman. Kenny Sara & The Sounds Of New Orleans entertained many fans from around the world weekly at Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney for more than a decade. Grace Le with the OC weekly wrote in a review, “Kenny Sara is the real New Orleans deal”. She also states that, “Kenny has got a sound that will sweep you up and carry you right into the bayou”. This…

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ZYDECO DANCE LESSON WITH A.J. GIBBS

June 19, 2016 @ 1:20 pm1:40 pm
Blues Stage
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CAJUN DANCE LESSON WITH SANDY BAKER

June 19, 2016 @ 1:35 pm1:55 pm
Blues Stage
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HARD RAIN

June 19, 2016 @ 1:45 pm3:00 pm
Blues Stage

Andy & Renee, along with their band Hard Rain, have taken their unique sound and multi-instrumental skills to venues large and small all over the world. Local Southern California highlights include House of Blues, El Rey Theatre , The Grand Annex and the Hermosa Beach Civic Theater. They have also played to thousands at the Telluride Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Napa Valley Folk Festival, Sierra Songwriter’s Festival, Winery Music Awards, the Bob Dylan Festival in Alba, Italy and the…

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THE REVELERS

June 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

Louisiana supergroup … a tonic of swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues, and Zydeco “Groove bound and dance compelling …” — Offbeat Magazine “There has to be at least one band in the country that reveres the past and is unafraid about dragging it into the future. Mark down the Revelers as that band, musicians who aren’t afraid of mixing up accordion, fiddles, saxophones and guitars. Sometimes the greasiest gumbo can also be the best, as anyone within earshot of this mess…

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ZYDECO DANCE LESSON WITH KAREN REDDING

June 19, 2016 @ 3:05 pm3:25 pm
Blues Stage
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Mardi Gras Parade: NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND with LALA Second Line Dancers

June 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm4:00 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

The New Orleans “Traditional” Jazz Band has been featured at Disneyland and is available for all occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, parades or corporate events in the greater Los Angeles area. We started doing parades such as the Los Angeles Kingdom Day parade, the Revlon Walk Cure for Breast Cancer in 2002, and around 2007 our first showing at the Long Beach Bayou Festival, which we have done every year since. We have been in the Hawaiian Gardens Parade,…

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THE SAI WHATT BAND

June 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm4:45 pm
Blues Stage

The band was formed in 1965 by Jimmy Hamilton, a few years later, new members and a name change in 1974, now known as The Sai Whatt Band. A self contained five-member band with different backgrounds, making them very versatile and diverse in the Smooth Jazz and R&B industry. Their origins are New York, Texas, Alabama, Washington, D.C. and South Carolina. Members are Jimmy Hamilton, keyboards and vocals, Frankie “Babe” Moore, vocals, Dale Hightower, vocals, Cliff Brown, guitar and Warren…

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LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS

June 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton Louisiana. He comes from a family of Zydeco musicians. His father Leo “The Bull” Thomas is the only Zydeco musician to lead a Zydeco band from the drums. Leroy’s father has a distinct method of drumming that inspired not only his sons, but is still emulated by many Zydeco bands today. Other family related Zydeco musicians are Keith Frank, a second cousin on his mother’s side, Geno Delafose,…

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STEP DANCE LESSON WITH DJ SWEAT

June 19, 2016 @ 4:50 pm5:10 pm
Blues Stage
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BIG JAY MCNEELY

June 19, 2016 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm
Blues Stage

“Rock ‘n’ roll saxophone pretty much begins with Big Jay Mc Neely. He’s the king of the honkin’, squealin’, bar walkin’, flat-on-his-back Blowin’ tenor men -the Number One “real gone guy” of the 50’s.-” Black & White Blues (the Book) Tenor saxophonist Cecil “Big Jay” McNeely has been “the king of the honkers” for over 60 years, and he’s still going strong. Born in Watts, California, on April 29, 1927, he formed his own band with jazz legends Sonny Criss…

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ZYDECO DANCE LESSON WITH A.J. GIBBS

June 19, 2016 @ 5:35 pm5:55 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA
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TERRY & THE ZYDECO BAD BOYS

June 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm
Zydeco Stage
CA

Founded in 2001 and hailing from Duson, Louisiana Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys play a traditional style of Zydeco music with its foundation in Creole La La Music. Led by accordion player Terry Domingue the band plays some of the most interesting contemporary Zydeco around, both highly innovative and deeply respectful of tradition. And the group’s name notwithstanding, they are all genuinely nice guys.

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