Long Beach Bayou Festival
Long Beach-Believe it or not; it is that time once again when the City of Long Beach becomes part of Louisiana for the third weekend in June. The Rainbow Lagoon is transformed into a bayou and or a swamp, which ever you prefer.
The weather should be humid, but not too hot. Veterans of this event arrive dressed for the occasion.
The Long Beach Bayou Festival serves up a musical buffet of Cajun, zydeco, blues and jazz. You can experience mouthwatering cuisine of Louisiana, while having fun and contributing to a worthy cause.
There are two stages with continuous music. Veterans of the festival create a horseshoe around the dance floor near the Cajun and zydeco stage. The blues and jazz crowd kicks back in their chairs to enjoy top notch musicians performing on the expanded Club N’Orleans Stage. Music and cultural workshops will be featured on the Lagoon Stage.
You can treat your taste buds to a variety of Louisiana Cajun and Creole cuisine such as crawfish, jambalaya, hush puppies, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, gumbo and desserts.
Now that I have teased you enough, I should give you more information to satisfy your curiosity.
Comprehensive Child Development (CCD) and Rainbow Promotions, LLC, the producers of the annual Long Beach Jazz Festival teams up to present the 22nd Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival sponsored by KKJZ 88.1 FM, June 21st and 22nd at the Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach. There is a bountiful serving of music, food and cultural fun of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.
Founding producer of the Bayou Festival, Franklin Zawacki will once again serve as Master of Ceremony for the Cajun and Zydeco Stage. Fans of KKJZ’s can meet and greet program host Bubba Jackson who will MC the Blues Stage.
This is an inter-active festival that features lots of audience participation. Both Stages will feature quick and easy dance lessons taught by renowned instructors. Free arts and crafts for children in the Kid’s Bayou Tent where they can create costumes for the popular 2nd Line Mardi Gras Parade-the parade is open to all ages.
The festival makes it convenient for you do some shopping for yourself, grads, birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas at a colorful French Quarter cultural arts and crafts marketplace.
I enjoy attending this festival because it is like going to a family re-union in Louisiana. Transplanted Louisianans along with people from all over California and beyond can unite with one another to enjoy a weekend of Cajun, Zydeco, Jazz and Blues.
OK, you say; I’m already dusting off my dancing shoes. Please let the good folks know who will be providing entertainment at this year’s festival.
Saturday-Cajun & Zydeco Stage: San Diego Cajun Playboys, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band (leading the Mardi Gras Parade), Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band and 2008 Grammy Award Winner Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience.
Saturday-Club N’Orleans Stage: Big Daddy’s, Sherry Pruitt, Cash McCall, Guitar Shorty, and popular jazz and blues vocalist Barbara Morrison.
Sunday-Cajun & Zydeco Stage: T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band, Pine Leaf Boys, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band and another popular artist Geno Delafose.
Sunday-Club N’Orleans Blues Stage: Bernie Pearl, Seville (Tribute to Motown), Linda Hopkins, Debbie Davies, and Michael Ward a violinist from New Orleans.
You can get advance tickets and more information by visiting www.longbeachfestival.com or call (562) 427-8834 (between 9am-5pm). You can purchase tickets online or at the gate. General admission is $35 at the gate (or $30 in advance online by June 13th), Seniors (60+) and College Students (18+)-tickets are $25 per day, Young Persons (13-17) tickets are $10 per day and Children 12 and under admitted free of charge. This festival makes for a great family outing.
The Long Beach Bayou Festival is an all age’s affair. Proceeds benefit Comprehensive Child Development (CCD) a non-profit organization, now in its 23rd year providing childcare and education for children whose parents work or are in job training. This is CCD’s only major fundraiser.
Rainbow Lagoon Park is located on the Northside of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue. Parking is available across from the Rainbow Lagoon Park on the Marina Green Lot. With the high price of gas, you might wish to arrive by Metro. www.metro.net or 1-800-COMMUTE Take Metro and Save. Present Ticket or Pass and receive $5 discount. Get off at downtown Long Beach. Free shuttle to the Rainbow Lagoon Park. Shuttle drop-off is at Convention Center and Shoreline Village. Last train departs Long Beach at 11:00 p.m.
Additional sponsors of the Long Beach Festival include Waste Management, Budweiser, KPFK 90.7 FM, Downtown Long Beach Associates, BNSE Railway, Metro, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Night Owl Printing and 10FOLD Creative.