The eighth annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This year the event, another of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation’s community festivals, moves from the Old U.S. Mint to Armstrong Park.
The 2014 festival lineup includes Grammy-winning zydeco act Buckwheat Zydeco and Grammy-winning Cajun band Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet with guest Jo-El Sonnier, the singer-accordion player who released the country hits “Tear-Stained Letter” and “No More One More Time.”
Also performing this year are Cajun-rock band the Lost Bayou Ramblers; Tipitina’s long-running Sunday Cajun fais do-do performer, Bruce Daigrepont; and zydeco performers Rosie Ledet, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots.
Sweet Crude, a young New Orleans band that sings in French and English, makes its Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival debut Sunday.
A crafts fair features 25 artisans from the region selling handmade art, jewelry and other crafts.
The festival menu includes Louisiana shrimp, catfish, soft-shell crab and alligator. Dishes are Cajun influenced (blackened catfish, shrimp creole, shrimp and grits, boudin) and globally influenced (gulf shrimp crepe with tasso cream sauce, shrimp and crab meat ravigote salad). Po-boys, jambalaya and light summer fare also will be sold.
Parking will be available in the Basin Street Lot, 501 Basin St., across from Armstrong Park, $10 per vehicle.