Produced in Opelousas, Louisiana, birthplace of zydeco, the exhibit traces the history of zydeco through the emergence of a dozen artists from the King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier to Creole music masters Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot.
“This is a story only this city and St. Landry Parish can tell,” said D'Jalma Garnier III, a musician and scholar of Creole culture who contributed research to the exhibit with a committee of historians, journalists and ethnomusicologists.
Multiple 12-foot panels present a timeline that traces the presence of African Americans in the Opelousas Territory to the year 1719, when the slave trade delivered them there decades before Acadians were expelled from Canada. West Africans were among the earliest cattle drivers in the prairie regions.
"The peoples of this area shared elements of their culture with one another as their numbers grew -- layers of rhythm, methods of playing stringed instruments and even language derived from people in the Senegambia region," said Garnier, a member of the Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys band (appearing at this year's Gator By The Bay).
The exhibit pays tribute to pioneers like accordion master Amédé Ardoin and breakthrough artists including Boozoo Chavis, Beau Jocque and Rockin' Sidney — the man behind "My Toot Toot," zydeco's only million-selling record.
This is a great opportunity for music fans, visitors, and people of all ages to learn more about the music that forms the fabric of South Louisiana.
Free app available for iPhone and Android phones allow you to create your own schedule for each day at Gator By The Bay 2016 in San Diego. There are about 90 bands and performances on seven stages, so this app will be a great help in making sure you don't miss your favorites.
A Whole New Group of Dance Friends
Dancing is a great way to reduce stress, have fun, learn new ways of moving your body, develop a new appreciation for music, become part of a group of friends with love of dance in common, and to express yourself. So let's get started!
JOIN US FOR OUR MONTHLY DANCES IN BALBOA PARK
Cajun and zydeco dances occur weekly, monthly, and on special dates when bands are in town. Before most dances a dance instructor or experienced dancer will present a beginner's lesson lasting about a half hour, often followed by intermediate or advanced moves for fifteen minutes. Each month the Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego hosts a dance on the Second Saturday in Balboa Park. A beginner's dance lesson begins at 6:20 p.m., and there is open dancing to a live Cajun or zydeco band 7-10:15 p.m. Check the displays on this home page or the "Calendar" page of this website for descriptions of future dances.
Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego
The Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego is a member of the International Dance Association of San Diego County. Dance events in Balboa Park are sponsored in part by the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.
Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
May 5–8, 2016
at Spanish Landing Park across from San Diego International Airport featuring:
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys
Motordude Zydeco, Alabama Mike, Rick Estrin, John Atkinson, Kid Anderson, Roy Rogers, Johnny Vernazza, John Nemeth, Sugaray Rayford, Curtis Salgado Blues Band, The 44s with Kid Ramos, Rainbow Girls, Rebecca Jade, Casey Hensley Band, Sara Petite, Sue Palmver, David Mosby, Bill Magee, Manny Cepeda, Whitney Shay, Robin Henkel, Jr. Watson & Billy Watson, Chet & The Committee, Euphoria Brass Band, Mercedes Moore Band, Chase Walker Band, San Diego Soul Collective, Bayou Brothers, Billy Thompson, Michele Lundeen, Theo & Zydeco Patrol, Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters, San Diego Cajun Playboys, Savid Sousa and Zydeco Mudbugs, Joe Sans Fontenot Cajun Creole Band, Three Chord Justice, Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers, Sarl Sonny Leyland, Todo Mundo, Blue Largo, Ben Powell, Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, Backwater Blues Band, Harmonica John Frazer, Fuzzy Rankins, Gino and The Lone Gunmen, Gypsy Swing Cats, Gregory Page, Cadillac Wreckers, Fanny and the Atta Boys, Flipside Burners, Taryn Donath Duo, Rhythm and The Method, Cantua Brothers Band, Mighty Mogo Prophets, G Burns Jug Band, Quel Bordel!, Kimba Light, Lloyd Meadows, Holla Pointe, Rockin Aces, The McCoy Brothers Band.
Info and tickets at www.gatorbythebay.com
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