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15th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival

6/27/2011

Cajun/Zydeco Festival
15th Annual Festival to be held 
at Ardenwood Historic Farm August 13, 2011

Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont will host the Annual Cajun Zydeco festival on Saturday, August 13, 2011. Bring your family and friends to the festival for a day filled with the best Cajun/Zydeco music and dancing, as well as 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 15th annual festival features BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Bay Area favorites Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys, and Gator Beat. Gates open at 10 a.m.; live music will play from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Enjoy the day at Ardenwood Historic Farm surrounded by fields of organic produce, farm animals, and the historic Patterson House. Take the train from the entrance to the festival site. Bring a blanket, low-back lawn chair, sunblock, and hat. Low canopies welcome in the back or side areas (please be courteous and do not block the view of the stage). Wear your dancing shoes! Alcohol prohibited. Please purchase beverages inside festival. Fabulous food will also be available for purchase. NO PETS allowed.

Proceeds benefit the Park Express Transportation Program for low-income schools and groups serving senior or disabled persons visiting the East Bay Regional Parks. Additional donations welcome. Contact the Regional Parks Foundation: (510) 544-2202.

Entertainment
Founded in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet became one of the most well-known bands performing traditional and original music rooted in the folk tunes of the creole and Cajun people of Louisiana. BeauSoleil recently won their 15th award for Best Cajun Artist from Off Beats Magazine's Best of the Beat awards. 
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic return to get the crowd dancing with a blend of traditional Zydeco music, hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. They were voted best Zydeco group by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame in 2008. 
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys features the accordion mastery and soulful vocals of front man Jeffery Broussard, from the legendary band, Zydeco Force. Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys recently won the Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient 2007-2008.

Gator Beat, based in Sonoma County, has been playing dances and festivals on the West Coast for 20 years. The band specializes in its own brand of South Louisiana music, combining traditional Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans R&B.

Directions
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. 
Tickets

Advance tickets: $18 for adults, $3 for youth (ages 4 - 15 years). Advance tickets may be purchased through August 8 at 1-888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757) or online at EBParks.org/Register. Day of event tickets: $22 for adults, $5 youth (ages 4 - 15 years). 3 years and under free. Free parking.

Additional information 1-888-EBPARKS.


Anne Kassebaum
(510) 544-2217
akassebaum@ebparks.org

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