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September 03, 2015

Best of the Bayou Brings National Musicians to Houma

Best of the Bayou Festival will bring together the best in Louisiana’s food, art and music, including National recording artists Marc Broussard and The Revivalists, on Sept. 26 and 27.


The event will stretch a quarter of a mile in downtown Houma. The Chevron Bayou Boudin Stage, located near the Whitney Bank parking lot along Main Street, and the Peoples Drug Store Gulf Groove Stage on the Houma Courthouse steps will be home to some of the region’s most recognized musical acts including Sweet Crude, Kristin Diable, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Nonc Nu, Jo-El Sonnier, Lil Nathan, Kelly Willis, Travis Matte and the Kingpins, and Maggie Koerner.


Holding to tradition, the Best of the Bayou Festival will also spotlight local artists. The local lineup includes Corporate America, Dulac Smack, Pontchartrain Wrecks, Good Feelin’, Teri & The Fellas, VooDoo Bayou, Waylon Thibodaux and the Cajun Music Preservation All-Stars.


“From top to bottom we’ve got all-stars,” said Billy Foster, festival chairman and music headhunter. “Variety is the main theme, with rock, funk, country, zydeco, Cajun, R&B and second-line rhumba all part of the menu. The common denominator is a good time.”


The festival will also feature food from some of area chefs and eateries, including Cajun favorite such as jambalaya and bread pudding. A festival marketplace showcasing local art and handmade crafts will also be available for festivalgoers.


Highlights of this year’s festival include the Annual Great Gator Race along Bayou Terrebonne, which is sponsored by Stephanie Hebert Allstate Insurance, the 2015 Signature Cocktail, the Chevron Bayou Land Kids Korner hosted by Kids in Motion Discovery Playhouse Museum and an open car show sponsored by the Cajun Corvette Club.


New to this year’s festival is the Cajun Reebox 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, a downtown fun-run in which participants wear white rubber boots, or Cajun Reebox, typically worn by local workers in the shrimping industry.


The festival information and schedule of bands is available at www.bestofthebayou.org.