The 28th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival | June 21st-22nd, 2014

A Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival

Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22, 2014

 Otis Taylor Band, Sonny Green, Delta Groove All Stars, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Barbara Morrison with Al Williams, Southside Slim & more
Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing
Mardi Gras Parade, Activities for Kids and Teens

  Popular with music lovers and families, the Long Beach Bayou Festival, a Zydeco, Blues Creole & Cajun festival once again unites the Mardi Gras atmosphere, Cajun & Creole food delicacies and blues,Cajun & Zydeco music at Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach, CA for the 28th year on Saturday, June 21st and Sunday,
June 22, 2014.  Hours are 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am – 8:00pm on Sunday.  Info and tickets: 562-912-4451,  See below for artist schedule.

   Featuring two stages of music with blues, zydeco and Cajun music plus continuous dancing on a large covered wooden dance floor, 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 etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delicacies, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers.

  With crawfish and watermelon eating contests for the whole family, the Kids’ Corner also has extensive children’s activities which include making costumes, masks and umbrellas for the Mardi Gras Parade, arts and crafts, storytelling, magic, sing-a-longs, and kids’ shows plus games and activities for older kids as well. 
Long Beach Bayou Festival, June 21-22, 2014
Rainbow Lagoon Park, (at Linden Ave & Shoreline Dr), Long Beach, CA
Sat:  11 am -­ 9:00 pm, Sun:  11 am – 8:00 pm 
Ticket purchase and Info:, (562) 912-4451 
Tickets: Adults: $25/day-advance, $30/day-gate; 
Seniors (60+) and Students (18+): $20/advance, $30 at the gate; 
   Children 12 & under: free

   Rainbow Lagoon Park is located on the North side of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue.  Parking is available on the Marina Green Lot across from Rainbow Lagoon Park.  Hilton Long Beach & Executive Center, located at 701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90831 is offering special room rates. Call the hotel at (562) 983-3400, and ask for the Bayou Festival rate to book a room at $145.
   The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group.  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.

Artist Info and Schedule

   It’s a power packed show with the Delta Groove All Stars headlining Saturday’s Blues Stage. Presenting “a history of the blues that every fan can appreciate,” the All Stars include Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos, Jackie Payne, Lynwood Slim, Kara Grainger, Steve Freund, and Randy Chortkoff. Says Chortkoff, “what we deliver onstage is more like what you’d get with Ike Turner back in the day, a self-contained traveling blues festival.”

   Chicago-born, Denver-bred, Otis Taylor headlines Sunday’s Blues Stage celebrating his brand new CD, “My World is Gone,” which has already received five stars on amazon. His last album, “Otis Taylor’s Contraband” took the honors for Downbeat Magazine’s Top Blues Album in 2012. Another highlight is L.A via Louisiana’s seventy-two year old soul and blues legend, Sonny Green who hits the Blues Stage on Sunday.

   Barbara Morrison brings her two and a half octave range back to the festival stage, this year accompanied by Al Williams. Barbara has been blazing a trail around the world as a jazz and blues legend with her soulful interpretations of jazz and blues classics as well as contemporary originals.

   Jimbo Ross has played with the likes of the Moody Blues, Pete Townsend, Bob Dylan, Johnny Mathis and Led Zeppelin to name a few. He sings with soulful blues passion and plays electric viola with a blazing virtuosic fire, earning respect in almost every genre. Joining Jimbo on the Blues Stage lineup is Rosa Lee Brooks who recorded with Jimi Hendrix and “the formidable guitar modernist” Southside Slim with his hard rockin’ blues.

   Rounding out the Blues Stage is 2010 Los Angeles Music Award winner, Shari Puorto Band, and 20 year veterans Floyd & the Flyboys whose members have played with artists ranging from The Eagles to Ray Charles and The Temptations, and who create an instant party with classic rock ‘n’ soul, blues, funk, jump/swing, New Orleans R&B and more. The sweet sounds of Rick Parma’s smooth alto sax and vocals kick off Sunday’s Blues Stage, bridging the gaps between jazz, R&B, funk, Latin Blues and rock.

   The Zydeco Stage boasts authentic Louisiana bands helmed by Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, who have five critically acclaimed CD’s and have wowed crowds in over 35 countries with their brand of blues, zydeco, funk and West African rhythms. The dance floor will be filled the whole weekend with the addition of Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys and their pack-the-floor renditions of Creole classics and contemporary zydeco, and T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band – a leading light in the Los Angeles Zydeco scene. The Zydeco Stage lineup also includes the dubbed “Delta King” Mark St Mary’s Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band, all-female Cajun band The Creole Belles, and the infectious rhythms of Bonne Musique Zydeco.



11:00 am           Gates open
12:00 – 1:15 pm Theo & Zydeco Patrol 
1:20 – 1:40 pm   Cajun Dance Lesson
1:45 – 3:00 pm   San Diego Cajun Playboys
3:05 – 3:25 pm   Zydeco Dance Lesson
3:30 – 4:55 pm   Mark St Mary Louisiana Blues &
                        Zydeco Band

5:00 – 5:30 pm  Mardi Gras Parade
5:30 – 7:00 pm  Jeffery Broussard & the
                           Creole Cowboys
7:05 – 7:25 pm  Zydeco Dance Lesson
7:30 – 9:00 pm  Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots


1:00 – 2:00 pm  Jimbo Ross
2:05 – 2:25 pm  Zydeco Dance Lesson
2:30 – 3:40 pm  Shari Puorto
3:50 – 5:00 pm  Southside Slim
5:05 – 5:25 pm  Zydeco Dance Lesson
5:30 – 6:30 pm  Barbara Morrison with Al Williams
7:00 – 9:00 pm  Delta Groove All Stars featuring
                   Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos, Jackie Payne,
                   Lynwood Slim, Kara Grainger,
                   Steve Freund, & Randy Chortkoff



11:00 am              Gates open
12:00 – 12:45 pm   Bonne Musique Zydeco
1:00 – 2:15 pm      The Creole Belles
2:20 – 2:50 pm      Mardi Gras parade
2:50 – 4:00 pm      T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band
4:05 – 4:25 pm      Zydeco Dance Lesson
4:30 – 6:00 pm      Jeffery Broussard & the
                               Creole Cowboys
6:05 – 6:25 pm      Zydeco Dance Lesson
6:30 – 8:00 pm      Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots


12:00 – 1:15 pm    Rick Parma
1:20 – 1:40 pm      Zydeco Dance Lesson
1:45 – 3:00 pm      Floyd & the Flyboys
3:05 – 3:25 pm      Zydeco Dance Lesson
3:30 – 4:30 pm      Rosa Lee Brooks
4:45 – 5:10 pm      Step Dance Lesson
5:15 – 6:15 pm      Sonny Green
6:30- 8:00 pm       Otis Taylor Band

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