Looking for some great Cajun music? Come to Brooklyn, New York – May 9, 10, 11, 2014 , where the Jalopy Music Theatre is proud to announce the return of the legendary Cajun-Creole-Zydeco Festival in Brooklyn this spring. The fourth installment of the festival brings together an amazing line-up of Louisiana musicians, and Grammy award winners Wilson Savoy, and Joel Savoy to perform alongside local New York talent for three full days of music, dance, workshops and community jam sessions in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Joining forces are bands: L’il Mo & The Monicats, Church Point Riot, Emily Duff Band, Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco, Empty Bottle Ramblers, Krewe de la Rue, Catahoula Cajun Band.
The celebration kicks off with a pre-show on Thursday night, May 8 at 9pm featuring Zydeco legend Preston Frank, and continues until midnight, on Sunday May 11. The festival takes place at Jalopy Music Theatre (315 Columbia Street, Between Hamilton & Woodhull, Brooklyn, NY 11231) and admission is $20 Friday, $30 Saturday, and $20 Sunday. You can also treat yourself to a 3-day Weekend Pass for just $50, and participate in MusicWorkshops for $25. To buy tickets, go to: http://jalopy.biz/
Artists Without Wall’s member Deborah Monlux founded Bayou ‘n Brooklyn in 2011, paving the way for cultural exchange through music, art, dance and folklore. She was first inspired by the music of renowned Cajun fiddler David Greely in 2010 and bridged the geographic gap by startingvideo-conference lessons with him shortly after. Deborah often travels to Louisiana to participate in festivals and workshops, and soak up the Louisiana-born music and culture. She has played a prominent role in promoting the introduction of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music and culture to a Brooklyn, NY audience by producing performances and jam sessions at venues that include Galapagos Arts, the Atlantic Antic and Flatbush Frolic. She also manages and plays fiddle in the Catahoula Cajun Band, a New York-based Cajun dance band.
Jesse Lége, a world-renowned Louisiana accordion player and vocalist, who will be appearing on the MainStage on both Saturday and Sunday, is a strong supporter of the festival and a luminary for many musicians who are passionate about this special form of American Roots music. Jesse hails from Gueydan, Louisiana and has an impressive track record of more than 40 years of performances, including appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Chicago Folk Festival. He is also a winner of numerous Cajun French Music Association awards, and was inducted into the Cajun Hall of Fame in 2013, and toured China with Joel Savoy.