This weekend, the Bayou n’ Brooklyn Music Festival will fill the air with the sounds of Cajun fiddles and Zydeco rub-boards at the Jalopy Music Theatre at 315 Columbia Street in Red Hook. From Friday through Sunday, featured acts will include music & dance from Cajun Hall of Famer Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew (also creating Saturday’s Gumbo pot), Johnny Ace & Sidewalk Zydeco, Krewe de La Rue, Empty Bottle Ramblers and Offshore Aces. Stay until the wee hours for back-to-back bands and contests. If you’ve ever wanted to play rub-board with a band, here’s your chance.
The event’s assistant producer Deborah Monlux tells CHB, “It’s like a visit to NOLA followed by some Acadiana without leaving Brooklyn. Bring your dancing shoes!”
Also featured: The Bayou-born sounds of Louisiana native and fiddler of the year winner Al Berard; young rising star Forest Huval; former File’ Darren Wallace; Brooklyn’s own Catahoula Cajun Band and Doctor Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco; Creole fiddler Cedric Watson teaches a tune or two on the fiddle; and on Sunday at noon, Offshore Aces, a rousing mix of twin fiddle, accordion, guitar, bass, frottoir and the opportunity to join in and play. In addition, 2012 event “Cajun Mom” poster artist Eric P. Richardson will feature his humorous paintings along the music hall walls.
The Cajun & Zydeco Music Festival also showcases dancehall bands, workshops, Culture & Community Jam sessions and Gumbo dinner.
Day passes are $15 or $35 for all three days. Children under 12 are admitted free. Workshops are $25. Festival pass includes all night dance hall bands, community jam sessions, art show and “Un-Written Stories” culture session.
The festival is sponsored in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Louisiana Culture, Recreation & Tourism, celebrating 200 years of Louisiana.
For more info and to pre-order tix, click here.