Take a look at the lineup for this years Cajun Festival:
1. Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole StompDennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp carry the long tradition of Mississippi River valley Creole music to audiences of thousands annually. This band has not only captured the attention of Louisiana music fans across the United States and Canada, but is also legendary on the Blues and Roots circuit for it’s marathon performances featuring a mix of Swamp pop and traditional dance tunes. Led by French speaking Creole accordionist and fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, Creole Stomp has left audiences breathless and cheering for more at more than a thousand venues in over 15 years on the road.2. Paul Gregoire and Roux du BayouRoux du Bayou Cajun Band plays authentic cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, mardi gras music. The band can also incorporate some select styles of music from Oldies, Rock n Roll, R&B and vintage country. Their high energy style has brought them repeated engagements at a variety of quality venues across the north, south, east, western states drawing crowds of enthusiastics at events such as Casinos, Conventions, Corporate Events, Weddings, Festivals, Dances, Parties, etc…The band has been together for 17yrs.3. The Has Beans with Black Castille
The “Has Beans” are a new group of all star musicians but have risen to be one of the hottest bands from South Louisiana. Fronted by Ward Lormand, accordion and vocals, (whose group, File’, is acknowledged as one of the greatest Cajun/Creole bands of all time), along with Blake Castille – guitar, ( son of Cajun fiddle legend Hadley J. Castille), Danny Kimball – drums, vocals; Phil Kaelin – bass, vocals; and fiddler – vocalist Mike Pollock.
Although the band is new, the guys are all veterans of the South Louisiana music scene. The various members have performed and/or recorded with the likes of Hunter Hayes, Sonny Landreth, Doug Kershaw, Chubbie Carrier, Paul Simon, Lightning Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, Hadley J. Castille to name but a few. Separately and collectively, as members of previous ensembles, they have graced concert halls and festivals throughout the world. Not to mention having performed on dozens of recordings.
4. Sarah Jayde and the Sharecroppers
From Opelousas, LA and trained by her grandfather, the legendary Hadley J Castille, Sarah Jayde continues on the Castille family tradition of swingin’ Cajun fiddle two-steps and waltzes. She’s also a soulful vocalist who performs both in French and English. With the original Sharecropper Cajun band, led by her legendary uncle Blake Castille, Sarah Jayde has taken the Louisiana music scene by storm with appearances across Louisiana including The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fesitval.