Sunday, June 15, 2008

Great Connecticut Cajun and Zydeco Festival

For the second weekend in a row, eastern Connecticut became an extension of South Louisiana, with the Great CT Cajun Zydeco festival at the Sunrise Resort in Moodus, CT,. kind of a throwback to the fifties or sixties, reminiscent of the movie Dirty Dancing. After camping out at festivals the previous 2 weekends, we decided to make this one a day trip, attending Saturday only. The hot and humid weather lent an authentic atmosphere to the event, which featured some bands that we don't get to see so often in these parts, like Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers - WOW! Those guys can sure get a groove going.... His sound reminded me of a brighter, bouncier version of Beau Jocque, and also had some nice vocal harmonies. The day's entertainment started with local favorites River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, joined by a guest rubboard player from NY named Professor Jim, the Zydeco Messenger. They were followed by the Magnolia Sisters, then Brian Jack , and the afternoon ended up with the always fun and energetic Pine Leaf Boys, with fiddler Cedric Watson taking a turn on drums. Most of the action at this festival takes place under a huge tent, which was attended by a few hundred faithful fans of the music and dancing we have all grown to love. We spent the day visiting with friends and working up a sweat on the dance floor, but never made it to the swimming pool since (for the 3rd weekend in a row) thunderstorms threatened at the end of the afternoon set, when we left to go home... though the fest continued til around 1 am and then again on Sunday. Other bands who played there but we did not get to see were Dora and the Zydeco Bad Boys, another rarity in this area, and Corey Ledet. Missed the Basin Brothers, who were not there this year for the first time in I don't know how long. All in all, an enjoyable time at laid back and relaxed festival with a down-home feel. Kudos to the organizers for bringing us some of these not too familiar zydeco bands.

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