This is the 2015 information.
The East Bay Regional Park District will host the annual Cajun/Zydeco festival on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Bring family and friends for a day filled with the best Cajun/Zydeco music, dancing, delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine and other festival food favorites. Take a tour of the farm, visit the farm animals, shop specialty vendors and join in dance lessons. Our 19th annual festival features the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys; Andre Thierry; Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band; and Andrew Carriere and the Cajun/Zydeco Allstars. Gates open at 10 a.m.; dance lessons start at 10:30 a.m. with live music from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the day at Ardenwood Historic Farm, surrounded by fields of organic produce, farm animals, and the historic Patterson House Museum. Stroll shaded pathways or take the train from the entrance to the festival site. Bring a blanket, low-back lawn chair, sunblock, and hat. Low canopies are welcome in the back or side areas (please be courteous and do not block views of the stage). Wear your dancing shoes! Please purchase beverages inside the festival. Fabulous food will also be available for purchase. NO PETS allowed.
Proceeds benefit Parks Express Transportation, a District outreach program for schools and groups that serve children from low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities visiting the East Bay Regional Parks. Additional donations welcome.
Pine Leaf Boys, hailing from southwest Louisiana, have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Nominated for a Grammy four times, the Pine Leaf Boys were described in the New York Times as, "... the link that connects the young and the old generations," and, "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time." The Pine Leaf Boys have been invited on three occasions by the U.S. State Department to tour the world and present true music to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jerusalem, Latvia, Denmark, Slovenia, Uzbek, Tajik, and Kyrgz. The variety and energy they release evolves through their shows, bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco.
Andre Thierry has been a crowd favorite with his blend of traditional Zydeco music, hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. While Andre Thierry was born in Richmond, California, his family roots were from Louisiana. His grandfather, Houston Pitre, encouraged Thierry to take up the accordion after a visit from the “King of Zydeco,” legend Clifton Chenier. By age 12 Thierry had formed Zydeco Magic and was performing with bands visiting from Louisiana. While playing Washington, D.C., in 2003, the Washington Post called Andre a “master” at “pumping out fast, funky rhythms on an instrument not usually associated with earthy syncopation.” Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic received the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award for “Best Zydeco Group” in 2008. Now in his 30s, Andre is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge traditional Zydeco music with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock.
Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band was founded in 2003 by Corey Ledet, who spent his summers with family in the small town of Parks, Louisiana, which inspired him to move to Louisiana after he graduated. Ledet fuses old and new styles of Zydeco from all musicians that have influenced him, making his own unique sound. The band has toured overseas to France, Germany and Russia. Corey Ledet was a Grammy nominee for his sixth record "Nothin' But The Best."
Andrew Carriere and The Cajun/Zydeco Allstars are led by the 74-year-old accordion player, who loved listening to zydeco while growing up but didn’t become a serious musician himself until after he had landed in California in the early 1970s. Eventually he began singing and playing triangle with the California Cajun Orchestra, and then moved on to the accordion. Andrew Carriere and the Cajun/Zydeco Allstars feature Zydeco and traditional French music as well as country and rock ’n’ roll.
Ardenwood Historic Farm is located on Ardenwood Boulevard just north of Highway 84 (Dumbarton Expressway) in Fremont. Directions: In Fremont, exit Highway 84 at Ardenwood/Newark Boulevard. Go north on Ardenwood Boulevard. The entrance is just north of Highway 84 on the right.
Advance tickets: $20 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 4 – 15 years). Advance tickets can be purchased through August 11 at 1-888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 2 or online at EBParksOnline.org. Day of event tickets: $24 for adults, $7 youth (ages 4 – 15 years). 3 years and under free. Free parking.
Information: 1-888-EBPARKS or www.ebparks.org.
The 19th Annual Cajun Zydeco Festival is presented by the East Bay Regional Park District.