Zydeco is Creole dance music, born among the Cajun population in southwest Louisiana, blending Cajun music with rhythm & ... More
Beale Street Zydeco Festival
Zydeco is Creole dance music, born among the Cajun population in southwest Louisiana, blending Cajun music with rhythm & blues and soul. Its driving force is the accordion, with the addition of electric bass, horns and keyboards. During the Zydeco Festival, some of the most famous groups in the U.S including Terrance Simien, Boozoo Chavis, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Rockin' Dopsie appear at the various clubs on Beale Street. Held in mid-February, one admission fee gets you a wristband that allows entrance into any of the Beale Street clubs. This is a very popular event with locals and tourists. See their website for further detials.
I had so much fun at the Memphis Zydeco Festival. Even if you don't like Cajun music, you will love the fun atmosphere. So many people dancing, laughing and having a genuine good time. The music players are such an enjoyable experience. Pure talent of all ages, you can just feel the love they have for this type of music. Almost spiritual. All in all this is definitely an experience that you will have to have at least once to appreciate the love that Zydeco fans have for this type of music and dance. Not to mention the great deal of buying a wrist band and going into all of the clubs for less then $20. Enjoy a Mardi Gras type experience! See you there!
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