The Sounds Of New Orleans: 23rd Annual Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival June 27-28
2009-05-26 · By Editor
Hear the sounds of New Orleans at the 23rd Annual Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28th at the Rainbow Lagoon Park, 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This two day celebration will feature Cajun, Zydeco and Blues music along with a daily Mardi Gras Parade led by New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band. Blues legends guitarist Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters) and harmonica player/drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (Muddy Waters) will team up with guitarist Jimmy Vivino’s East West Connection (Vivino played in Late Night With Conan O’Brien’s house band, the Max Weinberg 7) to close the festival on Sunday night.
The festival is presented by Comprehensive Child Development (CCD) and Rainbow Promotions, LLC, (producers of the annual Long Beach Jazz Festival) and is an annual fundraiser for CCD.
Throughout the weekend New Orleans and Louisiana comes alive with: continuous dancing to Cajun & Zydeco music on a large covered dance floor at the Bayou Stage, Blues on the Club N’Orleans Stage; quick and easy free dance workshops for young and old alike; music & cultural workshops featuring Blues, Cajun & Zydeco artists on the Lagoon Stage, and a colorful French Quarter cultural arts & crafts marketplace along with delicious gumbo, Crawfish etouffee, hush puppies, red beans & rice, and other mouthwatering Cajun & Creole delicacies.
Transplanted Louisianans can reunite with one another and enjoy the spirit of their home state. Children can create costumes for the Mardi Gras Parade in the Kid’s Bayou Tent that offers free arts & crafts and the Teen Corner will have games and activities. All ages can participate in crawfish and watermelon eating contests.
Bayou Stage – Saturday: Audience welcome choir: Long Beach Children of Christ Community Choir. Cajun & Zydeco artists: Theo & the Zydeco Patrol, Bayou Brothers, Acadien Cajun Band, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, Lil’ Wayne & Same Ol’ Two Step, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas.
Club N’Orleans Blues Stage – Saturday: Artwork Jamal, Charlie Jené, Sweet Baby J´ai, Seville: Tribute to The Temptations, Barbara Morrison.
Bayou Stage – Sunday: Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, and closing the festival on the Bayou Stage, all star Blues band: Hubert Sumlin & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith with Jimmy Vivino’s East West Connection.
Club N’Orleans Blues Stage – Sunday: Bill Magee Blues Band, Bob Malone, Cafe
R&B, Leon Hughes – former Coaster and his group.
For tickets and information: longbeachfestival.com, or contact (562) 427-8834. Tickets can be purchased online at longbeachfestival.com or at the gate. Admission at the gate: General admission is $35 per day, Seniors (60+) and College Students (18+) – $25; Young Persons (13 – 17) – $10 and children 12 and under are FREE.
Beach Bayou Discount Tickets and Special Admission:
- Six-pack ticket deal: Buy five General Admit tickets and get the sixth one FREE.
- Family pack: Buy one General Admission at $35 and get one young person (13 – 17 years old) in for free.
- VIP tickets are $75 per day and include backstage access to Bayou and Blues stages, reserved seating, one meal and two alcoholic beverages. Metro riders who show their ticket will get $5.00 off at the gate.
The Long Beach Bayou Festival is an all ages event. Proceeds benefit Comprehensive Child Development a non-profit organization, now in its 25th year providing childcare and education for children whose parents work or are in job training.
Rainbow Lagoon Park is located on the Northside of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue. An all-reserved parking lot for attendees is available on the Marina Green Lot across from the Rainbow Lagoon Park. Parking is $10.