While Zydeco and Cajun music have a lot in common both geographically and stylistically, Zydeco is a separate and distinct genre – and certainly well worth celebrating! The Lebeau Zydeco Festival, which takes place the first Saturday of July each year on the grounds of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, is a small festival with a large following.
Zydeco evolved in the late 19th century within the African-American Creole population of southern and southwestern Louisiana. An amalgam of Cajun music and American Blues, R&B, Jazz and Gospel, Zydeco gained quick popularity in Louisiana. Zydeco continues to increase in popularity in both large cities and the small towns of southern Louisiana such as Lebeau.
Past years have seen attendees travel from as far as California for a day of non-stop live Zydeco music – plus authentic Louisiana cuisine. In fact, this festival is famous for its pork backbone dinners! Lebeau Zydeco Fest performers have included favorites such as Chris Ardoin, Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band and Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers. Fest-goers enjoy tasty Southern and Cajun dishes like barbecue, boudin and the popular pork backbones. For a guaranteed way to spice up the night, bring along your own bottle of TABASCO® Sauce, the perfect complement to classic Cajun dishes.
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