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Cajun and zydeco festivals dominate late summer and early fall


This year in particular, the late summer and early fall represents something of a bonanza for Northern California zydeco/Cajun fans.
The abundance includes a welcome visit by C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, which perform August 7 at SFJAZZ and August 8 at the 25th annual San Jose Jazz SummerFest. Of course, those dates merely add to the frisson that is the Bay Area zydeco/Cajun scene. It manages to keep top players like Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Zydeco Flames, Andre Thierry, and Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys busy all year round.
And then there are the festivals to consider. You’ve got plenty to choose from in the coming months as the days grow cooler and the nights grow longer. Best make your plans now.

August 16: Cajun Zydeco Music Festival, Fremont – Held each year at Ardenwood Historic Farm, the festival’s 2014 lineup features Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, T’ Monde, Zydeco Flames and Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic.
September 6: Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival – Now in its 19th year, this event is among favorite North Bay musical happenings. The setting is downtown Sebastopol’s Ives Park (can’t go wrong) and the acts this year include “Cajun supergroup” Creole United, Mark St. Mary, Andre Thierry, and Sean Ardoin and Zydecool.
September 13: Crawfish and Catfish Festival, Woodland – This party unfolds at the Yolo County Fairgrounds and the musical lineup boasts Mark. St. Mary, Zydeco Flames and Beaufunk.
October 18: Creole United Festival, Sausalito – Bands for the Dunphy Park have yet to be announced but, c’mon, is it possible not to enjoy yourself in Sausalito? Proceeds benefit music and cultural education programs.

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