Zydeco Festival Back by Popular Demand for Third Year

Midtown Crossing’s crowd-pleasing, foot-stomping Zydeco Festival, the only festival of its kind in the region, will extend its groove to three years in a row when it takes over the Pavilion at Turner Park on Saturday, June 24.

Starting at 3:00 p.m., guests can count on more than seven hours of good-time zydeco music, Creole- and Cajun-style food, activities, games and giveaways. Years one and two each drew approximately 10,000 people throughout the day.

“The energy is something you have to experience for yourself; the music, the food, it’s a seven-hour party. We can’t wait to welcome our local fans back for a third year and to treat the College World Series crowd, including the southern contingent, to some truly uplifting entertainment,” said Molly Skold, Midtown Crossing’s vice president of marketing and communications.

As always, admission to the Zydeco Festival is free. This year’s acclaimed lineup features local zydeco band The Prairie Gators (check them out on YouTube) and renowned performers from the heart of Creole country:

  • 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. | Prairie Gators
  • 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. | John Wilson – A native of Louisiana’s Acadian Bayou Country, John Wilson is a favorite on the zydeco dance hall circuit.
  • 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. | Cedric Watson with Desiree Champagne – Four-time Grammy-nominated Cedric Watson is one of the brightest young talents to emerge in zydeco music over the last decade. Desiree Champagne will be backing him up on the frottoir (rub board) and triangle.
  • 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. | Major Handy – See the returning Zydeco Festival veteran in action here.
  • 9:00 – 10:30 | Headliner: Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha-Chas – Known for his fast and furious musical pace, zydeco staple Nathan Williams packs more than 30 years of stage experience.

Plus, musical accompaniment by:

  • David Guidry (bass)
  • Greg Gordon (drummer)
  • Gary Graeff (guitar)

Bluesy at its roots with Creole influence, modern zydeco also incorporates R&B, soul, reggae androck. Midtown Crossing restaurants will be on location offering cold drinks and “zydeco-themed” food. Restaurants on the park, including new additions Della Costa, Ray’s Original Buffalo Wings and Proof, are accepting outdoor patio reservations.


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