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Cajun and Blues Festival revs up in Isleton CA

Terry Hanck kills it with the sax
Terry Hanck kills it with the sax
Terry Hanck

Every Father's Day weekend, the Isleton Chamber of Commerce presents their annual Cajun & Blues Festival on the Delta. The two day music-filled event features top rate performers, bayou style food, street entertainers and a variety of merchandise, food and information vendors. Dancing is gladly welcomed and encouraged with two dance floors being provided close to the stages set up this year at the Delta Boat Storage located at 950 Brannan Island Rd., Isleton, CA near the B & W Resort and Marina.

Isleton 2014 Cajun & Blues Festival
Isleton Chamber of Commerce

The festival takes place on June 14th and 15th and is a true family friendly event. If children tire of sitting and dancing with the adults, youth oriented amusement is provided with a rock climbing wall, adrenaline slide, double rush obstacle, crafts, face painting and more. The festival hours are also family and neighbor friendly with music playing from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

An incredible lineup of Zydeco, Cajun and Blues music is scheduled. Performing artists include evening headliners Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys on Saturday and Marcia Ball on Sunday as well as JD McPherson, Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas, Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, celebrated sax player Terry Hanck, Ray Bonneville and Richie Lawrence, Wendy DeWitt, Ray “Catfish” Copeland Band, The Cool Drift Band featuring Raymond Coats, Red’s Blues with Special Guest Steve Freund, JAWS (Derek Abel Band), Yvette Landry and Roddie Romero, John King “Street Beats” and Sacramento's own Kyle Rowland Blues Band who typically fill the Sacramento Music Festival venues at each set they perform. There will also even be some Cajun & Zydeco dance lessons provided by Ted Sherrod.

Visiting Isleton for this festival is an ideal way to enjoy "the beauty of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, with its’ 1100 miles of waterways," fresh crawfish and Delta Loop restaurants, cafes and marinas. Music, atmosphere, fun and delicious foods are what visitors can anticipate. While some seating will be available, festgoers can also bring in their own lawn chairs and blankets. However, no outside food or drink is allowed. There will be ample festival food to choose from with the traditional lemonade, corn, beer and barbeque as well as the bayou exotics featured by Custard’s Cajun Queen, Swamp Charlie Trong’s Crawdads, Artichoke Connection, Pearson’s Cajun Food, and Mo Gumbo Flava.

Isleton Cajun and Blues Festival attendees from out of town that want to stay the weekend will find marinas, cabins, cottages and campgrounds in the Delta Loop to be plentiful. The festival also provides free parking one mile from location with free shuttle rides in and out. Children under age 12 are free and weekend tickets are $40 and one-day passes $25 which is a bargain for the music and the grooves. A full daily schedule, list of vendors, links to musician websites and more information about tickets, parking and festival layout are all available at the official Isleton Cajun and Blues Festival website.