Visit the Bon Temps Social Club Booth at Gator By The Bay and View This Exclusive Exhibit on the History of Zydeco

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.


at Spanish Landing Park across from San Diego International Airport featuring:

CJ Chenier

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Bonsoir Catin

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.


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