Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bayou'n'Boogie Fest II

Memorial Day weekend kicked off a month long run of Lousiana-themed music festivals in the Northeast with the return of Bayou'nBoogie Fest, a joint venture of Sal's and Lagniappe Productions. Last time, it was a one day event in Foster, RI over 4th of July weekend a few years ago, with CJ Chenier headlining. This year it was held at the Elk's club in Smithfield, RI, on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The 2 day festival featured several Cajun and Zydeco bands and one blues act, but we only attended one day, since we sometimes have to take a break from all this festive living to tend to other tasks, like getting the garden started. So we headed out there on Sunday, when Curley Taylor and Leroy Thomas were the featured Louisiana acts, augmented by local favorites Lil Anne & Hot Cayenne, River City Slim and the Zydeco hogs, and Midwest based Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp. The setting was on a lake in a semi-rural area, with a covered wooden dance floor outdoors. The Elk's hall served as a place for accordion and dance workshops. A few hundred people were there, mostly a core group of dancers from the local area. It was a nice laid back and relaxed event, and may become an annual event.

Here's link to some of my photos from Bayou'n'Boogie Fest II

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