Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival 2012 Set For Memorial Day Weekend

Several talented artists and performers will descend upon Simi Valley, California come Memorial Day weekend for the 23rd Annual Simi Vally Cajun & Blues Music Festival. The festival will take place on May 26 and 27 at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley, California. It should be a jammin' good time.
The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival made its debut in 1988 as a New England Clambake fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. Within two years of its inception, the festival adopted the Cajun Creole music theme. The Cajun theme caught on and became extremely popular, helping the festival garner national attention. It grew to become one of the biggest festivals of its kind west of the Mississippi River.

The festival currently presents live Cajun, Creole, zydeco and blues entertainment on multiple stages and offers more than 150 food, beverage, craft and sponsor booths. The annual jamboree draws approximately 15,000 attendees each year. 100 percent of all festival profits are donated to charitable, educational and humanitarian causes. Profits from the festival have resulted in total charitable donations in excess of $1,500,000.

Some of the artists scheduled to perform at the festival include The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bonne Musique Zydeco, The Bayou Brothers, The Mighty Mojo Prophets, Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters, and Gator Beat. The festival will also pay tribute to late blues legend Muddy Waters.  The tribute will feature some of the great players who had jammed with Muddy, including James Cotton, Bob Margolin and Paul Oscher. Waters' son, Mud Morganfield, will also be performing in the tribute. For more info about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, go to their website.

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