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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TICKET GIVE-AWAY! LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL, this weekend! – June 18 edition, 2014

♪  On THURSDAY, at 12:30 pm, we will hold our annual drawing for FREE TICKETS to the 28th Annual “LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL” a “zydeco, blues, creole & Cajun festival!” It happens this Saturday & Sunday, June 21 & 22.

See our TICKET ALERTS, just below!

Also, see the Guide’s NEWS FEATURE in this edition for the INFO ON THE FESTIVAL.

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♪  Plus, we have news of another great FESTIVAL, ELSEWHERE:

.  √  41st Annual "TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL," Thu-Sun, Jun 19-22 in Colorado, brings a huge lineup that, as usual here, isn’t very bluegrassy but is all outstanding. It’s in Town Park, a high Rocky Mountain meadow above the old mining town of Telluride, in southwestern Colorado. There are all-night jams, smaller performances, coveted contests, great food and superior vendors, workshops, and more. But the incredible energy that is Telluride emanates from the main stage, and there’s QUITE a lineup. That, and more details, are in our feature in this edition.


√  Just tell us whether you want to go Saturday or Sunday (we have pairs of tickets for both); and answer the question! Email us before the deadline of 12:15 pm on Thursday, June 19. Drawing from those submitting correct answers is at 12:30 pm on June 19. Good luck! Here’s your question:

“Essential instruments in Cajun music are the fiddle, rubboard, and accordion. From the standpoint of the “operating system,” name the two types of accordion.”

Email your entry, titled “BAYOU FEST TIX” specififying Saturday or Sunday, to:
in Southern California
√  28th Annual “LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL” a “ZYDECO, BLUES, CREOLE & CAJUN FESTIVAL,” is Sat & Sun, Jun 21 & 22, at Rainbow Lagoon Events Park, 400-403 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach. Headliners are JEFFREY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS, THE OTIS TAYLOR BAND, SUNPIE & THE LOUISIANA SUNSPOTS, MARK ST. MARY, T-LOU, THE CREOLE BELLES, BARBARA MORRISON, and plenty more. Info, 562-495-5959,
See the Guide’s NEWS FEATURE in this edition, following all the festival listings. PLUS, see our TICKET ALERTS section, because the Guide is GIVING-AWAY TIX for the LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL!
Thu-Sun, Jun 19-22,
in Colorado:
41st Annual "TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" brings a huge lineup to Town Park, a high Rocky Mountain meadow above the old mining town of Telluride, in southwestern Colorado. There are all-night jams, smaller performances, coveted contests, great food and superior vendors, workshops, and more. But the incredible energy that is Telluride emanates from the main stage.
2014 Main Stage Schedule:
Thursday, June 19...
11 am-Noon — Chris Thile
12:30-1:45 pm — Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
2:15-3:30 pm — The Lone Bellow
4-5:15 pm — John Cowan, John McFee, Friends 5:45-7 pm — Del McCoury Band
7:30-9 pm — Nickel Creek
9:30-11 pm — Brandi Carlile
Friday, June 20...
10-11 am — Chatham County Line
11:15 am-12:15 pm — Aoife O'Donovan
12:30-1:45 pm — Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys
2:15-3:30 pm — Jason Isbell
4-5:15 pm — Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott
6-7:30 pm — Béla Fleck & The Colorado Symphony
8:30-10 pm — Dave Rawlings Machine
10:30 pm-Midnight — Steve Winwood
Saturday, June 21...
9:45-10:45 am — Telluride Band Contest
11 am-Noon — Front Country
12:30-1:45 pm — Peter Rowan's Twang an' Groove featuring Yungchen Lhamo
2:15-3:30 pm — Punch Brothers
4-5:30 pm — Yonder Mountain String Band
5:45-6 pm — Telluride Troubadour
6:15-7:30 pm — Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory
8-10 pm — Sam Bush Band
10:30-Midnight —
Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne
Sunday, June 22...
10-11 am — Dailey & Vincent (Gospel Set)
11:30 am-12:45 pm — Béla Fleck & Brooklyn Rider
1:15-2:30 pm — Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers 3-4:15 pm — Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester
4:45-6 pm — Greensky Bluegrass
6:30-8 pm — Ray LaMontagne
8:45-10:45 pm — Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart with special guests Alison Krauss & Del McCoury
Tickets and camping for the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass are STILL AVAILABLE, and onsale now at:
or 800-624-2422
Don't wait much longer to make your plans for the 41st Annual pilgrimage to 8,750' in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado for 4 days of community, inspiration, and unbridled acoustic adventures.

by Larry Wines
Reprinted from “Random Lengths,” the South Bay’s (print) Newspaper

Mardi Gras may be in February. But this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, it arrives here on our coast, complete with a “Second Line” parade, Lou’siana cuisine and two stages of music with dance floors. It’s the 28th annual Long Beach Bayou Festival, an omnibus zydeco, blues, Creole and Cajun fest. On the fun/musicality meter, it sends lace parasols twirling and the crowd shouting “Who Dat!” as each fresh band appears.

It’s genuinely an all-ages affair. High school and college couples abound. Parents watch dancing small fry instinctively moving to the accordion-and-fiddle-driven music. Oldsters drop anchor with their bag chairs and pop-up umbrella shades and surprise their peers when they hit the dance floor. The little ones get their faces painted and enjoy the kids activity and storytelling tent with sing-alongs and games for the older young ’uns.

Everyone spends time at the Blues Stage for the wailing feel-bettah blues laid-down on guitar and harmonica. There are horns aplenty, trumpets, saxes, trombones. You’ll join the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band’s daily parade past the lagoon and through the site. It’s an all-in procession that ends, gyrating, on the big, covered, wooden dance floor. You’re bedecked in strands of colorful Mardi Gras beads without quite knowing how that happened.

The food of Louisiana and distinctive, horn-and-clarinet-driven traditional jazz of New Orleans are traditionally the state’s cultural exports. Cajun and Creole cuisine are here in abundant variety from purveyors that include award-winning Southern cooking. Much of it is spicy, so locals love it. You’ll find gumbo, catfish, crawfish étouffée, fried gator, red beans and rice, hush puppies, sweet potato pie, cornbread puddin’ and more. For the daring and gluttonous, there are eating contests – crawfish and watermelon.

The fun multiplied because of tragedy. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita dislocated many folks from the bayou region, southeast Texas to coastal Mississippi. A disproportionate number came to Southern California. When you’re the new kid on the block and you arrive with a fun culture, the locals pick it up. For the past decade, traditional swamp music and deep-down Delta Blues have taken a deeper hold across America, and here.

There are local weekly zydeco dances. One is every Sunday at the Golden Sails in Long Beach, another is in Monrovia. The scene is huge in San Diego, too. Tee shirts with giant fleur-de-lis are everyday sights on our beaches. Of course, the Saints winning the Super Bowl didn’t hurt.

The festival has always helped charity. A portion of this year’s profits benefit “LALA,” the non-profit “Louisiana to Los Angeles” that raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.

Given L.A.’s ethnic diversity, most of us encounter that word “multicultural,” but usually in some dry academic appeal for funding to get needed arts back in the schools. At this festival, multicultural is alive with passion and exuberance and perpetual motion. Want to take your kid someplace where they won’t keep the ear buds plugged-in for incessant pounding? Something you’ll enjoy?

“Laissez les bon temps rouler” – that’s the Cajun French phrase that means “Let the good times roll!”

The festival’s emphasis on the music transcends your expectations. Dance lessons throughout the day make the kinesis accessible to beginners.

Many of Louisiana’s top acts play the Cajun-Zydeco Stage. Featured headliners are Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, who have five critically acclaimed CDs and have wowed crowds in over 35 countries with their brand of blues, zydeco, funk and West African rhythms. Other top acts are the Otis Taylor Band, “Delta King” Mark St. Mary's Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band, Sonny Green, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, and the infectious locally-based Bonne Musique Zydeco and all-female Cajun band the Creole Belles. Plus, there’s Shari Puorto, Jimbo Ross, the San Diego Cajun Playboys, and Theo & the Zydeco Patrol.

Musicians on the Blues Stage come from across America. This year brings more emphasis than ever before. Saturday brings the supergroup Delta Groove All Stars, featuring Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos, Jackie Payne, Lynwood Slim, Kara Grainger, Steve Freund, and Randy Chortkoff. They present "a history of the blues that every fan can appreciate" says Chortkoff, adding, "What we deliver onstage is more like what you'd get with Ike Turner back in the day, a self-contained traveling blues festival."

Sunday, the Blues Stage hosts Chicago-born, Denver-raised Otis Taylor, celebrating his CD, “My World is Gone,” which has a five-star rating on Amazon. His previous album, “Otis Taylor's Contraband,” took the honors for Downbeat Magazine's Top Blues Album in 2012 and won the Living Blues Critics Poll that year (his song “10 Million Slaves” has two million+ views on YouTube.

Local jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison brings her two-and-a-half octave range back to the festival stage, this year accompanied by Al Williams. She’s toured the world.

Other top blues acts? There’s 72-year old soul-blues legend Sonny Green, an L.A. transplant from Louisiana. There’s Jimbo Ross, who’s played with the Moody Blues, Pete Townsend, Bob Dylan, Johnny Mathis, and Led Zeppelin. He sings and plays electric viola with virtuosic fire. There’s Rosa Lee Brooks who recorded with Jimi Hendrix. And there’s “formidable guitar modernist” Southside Slim with his hard rockin' blues. The Shari Puorto Band is a 2010 Los Angeles Music Award winner. Floyd & the Flyboys, 20 year veterans, feature members who’ve played with the Eagles, Ray Charles, and the Temptations.

The Long Beach Bayou Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, in Rainbow Lagoon Park, at Linden Ave & Shoreline Drive, Long Beach. Park on the Marina Green Lot across from Rainbow Lagoon Park. The festival opens at 11 AM both days, and closes Saturday at 9 and Sunday at 8 PM. Adult tickets are $25 for one day in advance, $30 each day at the gate; seniors (60+) and students (13+) are $20 per day in advance, $30 at the gate; children age 12 and under are free. The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group. More info, including performance schedules, and tickets are available by phone at 562-912-4451, and online at www.


PLUS, the Guide is GIVING-AWAY TIX for the LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL! See the TICKET ALERTS section in this edition!
More, soon, as always.
♪  The Guide has made some CH-CH-CHANGES – turn, embrace the change – with more to come as spring becomes summer of 2014. There are, and will be, points of departure to make room (and time) for the new. We’ll do what we can, because as always, we operate with the editor’s motto, “One does what one can.”
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