The 27th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival | June 22nd-23rd, 2013

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Saturday & Sunday, June 22-23, 2013
Featuring Blues, Zydeco & Cajun Music with:

Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues, 13 Year Old Guitar Phenomenon – Ray Goren, Big Jay McNeely, Sherry Pruitt, Sweet Baby J’ai, the Grammy nominated Pine Leaf Boys, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing, Mardi Gras Parade, Activities for Kids and Teens.
Known as a popular family event, the Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival once again brings both the party atmosphere and the food delicacies of a New Orleans Mardi Gras to Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach, CA for its 27th year on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2013.  Hours are 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am – 8:30pm on Sunday.   Info: 310-217-  4196,   

Featuring two stages of music with blues and zydeco and Cajun music, plus continuous dancing on a large covered wooden dance floor, and quick and easy dance instruction for all ages, the festival also boasts a festive costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a colorful French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etoufee, hush puppies, red beans and rice and other Cajun & Creole delicacies, plus coffees and desserts.  With crawfish and watermelon eating contests for the whole family, the Kids’ Bayou Tent  also has extensive children’s activities include making costumes, masks and umbrellas for the mardi gras parade, arts and crafts, storytelling, magic, sing-a-longs, kids’ shows and more.  In addition the Teen Corner has games and activities for older kids. 

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:, (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, seating, 1 meal and 2 drinks. 

Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues
Sai Whatt Band
Pine Leaf Boys
Jo Jo Reed & the Happy Hill Zydeco Band
Sweet Baby J’ai
Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
Blue Dice
Bernie Pearl
T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band
Bayou Brothers
New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band


13 Year Old Guitar Phenom, Ray Goren
Big Jay McNeely
Pine Leaf Boys
Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers
Sherry Pruitt
Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
Jo Jo Reed & the Happy Hill Zydeco Band
Artwork Jamal
New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band

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 heartfelt, soulful, uplifting and 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…He plays electric guitar -and sings – with a fluency, ease and depth of expression that defy easy explanation.”

   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 and regularly performs at the International Boogie Woogie Festival.  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. Her powerful vocals easily traverse the musical terrain ranging 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 while producing music that stirs the soul,  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.
   The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group, LLC.  A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.

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