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Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
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Rainbow Lagoon Park
Long Beach, CA 90802
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Features 2 stages of music with blues, zydeco and Cajun music, dancing on a large wooden dance floor, dance instruction, a festive Mardi Gras parade, and a colorful French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etoufee, and other Cajun & Creole delicacies. With crawfish and watermelon eating contests for the whole family, the Kids' Bayou Tent also has extensive children's activities: storytelling, magic, sing-a-longs, kids' shows and more. In addition the Teen Corner has games and activities for older kids.
Headlining the Blues Stage on Saturday is Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues. Most well known as a member of the Monkees, Peter Tork along with his band of seasoned pros bring their brand of blues rock/pop in a quite unforgettable mixture to the festival stage. They may even throw in their own renditions of a few Monkees songs. Thirteen year old Los Angeles guitar phenomenon, Ray Goren headlines Sunday's Blues Stage with a sizzling mastery of his Fender. He has played the Chicago and Monterey Blues Festivals, and Detroit Jazz Festival among others. In 2011, the Chicago Tribune said, "No one rattles the place like....Ray Goren..."
Known for his intense playing and energetic and acrobatic stage performances, Big Jay McNeely will have the crowd jumping. McNeely was credited for being the most flambuoyant of the "honking" saxophone players. Sweet Baby J'ai is known internationally in the U.S, Europe and Asia, and has been called "swinging..powerful...and haunting" by the Los Angeles Times with powerful vocals easily traversing from blues and jazz to pop and R&B.
Rounding out the Blues Stage is extraordinary R&B/jazz/blues/gospel vocalist, Sherry Pruitt, along with Blue Dice's unique blend of all-original music combining blues, jazz and funk influences plus the versatile smooth jazz and R&B flavored, Sai Whatt Band, award-winning blues vocalist, Artwork Jamal, the finger-poppin' picking blues of Bernie Pearl, and the blues, rock, funk and soul of Seville, whose 35 year history has seen them share the stage with many of the greats from Gladys Knight to Nancy Wilson and gained them a large and loyal following.
The Cajun/Zydeco stage boasts the best sounds of Louisiana dance clubs and festivals. The four-time Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys, featuring recent Grammy winner, Wilson Savoy, bring a variety and energy that has evolved into wild shows with mult-faceted angles of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco that link generations. Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers are one of the zydeco genre's great successes with performances at major events around the country and an ever increasing fan following. Add in Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots who wowed the crowd at New Orleans Jazz Fest, T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band - a leading light in the Los Angeles Zydeco scene, the popular Jo Jo Reed & the Happy Hill Zydeco Band, and the rollicking Cajun, Zydeco and Blues gumbo of San Diego's Bayou Brothers and the dance floor will be non-stop.
Rainbow Lagoon Park is located on the Northside of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue. Parking is available on the Marina Green Lot across from Rainbow Lagoon Park. Long Beach Marriott, located at 4700 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815 is offering special room rates. Call the hotel at (562) 425-5210, and ask for the Bayou Festival rate, to book a room at $135.
Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival, June 22-23, 2013
Rainbow Lagoon Park, (at Linden Ave & Shoreline Dr), Long Beach, CA
Sat: 11 am - 9:00 pm, Sun: 11 am - 8:30 pm
Ticket purchase and Info: www.longbeachbayoufest.com, (310) 217-4196
Tickets: Adults: $25/day-advance, $30/day-gate; Seniors (60+) and Students (18+): $20/advance, $30 at the gate;
Young Person rate (ages 13-17): $15, Children 12 & under: free
VIP ticket: $65, includes backstage access at the New Orleans stage, seating, 1 meal and 2 drinks.
* Big Jay McNeely
* Ray Goren
Pine Leaf Boys
* Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gambers
* Bernie Pearl
* Sherry Pruitt
* Artwork Jamal
* Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
* Sweet Baby J'ai
* Jo Jo Reed & the Happy Hill Zydeco Band
* Sai Whatt Band
* T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band
* Bayou Brothers
* New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band
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