19th Annual Cajun / Zydeco Festival 2015

19th annual cajun zydeco festival schedule

Four Day Pass $140 Friday Saturday $70 Thursday Sunday $50

Jesse Lege Bayou Brew

One dance hall at a time...That is the life work of Jesse Lége: to bring traditional, foot-stompin’ Cajun dance hall music from the dusty back roads of southwest Louisiana, coast to coast and around the world. Jesse Lege defines traditional Louisiana dance hall music. His unmistakeable hard driving style of accordion play and his powerful voice will get even the most staid listener up on the dance floor. Whether he is performing with Bayou Brew or his many friends, Jesse can crank up any old tune to something new and very different than you have ever heard before. Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, Song of the Year (for "Mémoires Dans Mon Coeur"); in nearly 40 years of playing, singing and living Cajun music, Jesse Lege has seen and done it all.

Geno Delafose French Rockin' Boogie

Geno Delafose (born February 6, 1971 in Eunice, Louisiana) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose. Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player and continued to play with the band until his father’s death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father. In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin’ Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybody’s Dancin’ in 2003. He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records.

Pine Leaf Boys

Louisiana's finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being 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 play the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto.

Dennis Stroughmatt Creole Stomp

Thirteen years on the road has honed Creole Stomp into a well oiled machine: hard driving, fast, and smooth. Creole Stomp shows have become legendary and those who have seen them know the emotion and passion that literally jumps from the band. In fact, over the years the band has become informally known as “The Grateful Dead of Creole Music.” A favorite on the Cajun-Zydeco dance circuit, the band has also become a celebrated fixture at venues around the United States ranging from park concerts and theaters to folk and blues festivals. Creole Stomp is filled with over achieving Phd’s and Master’s Degrees, incidentally making it one of the most educated bands in traditional music. But no worries, Creole Stomp is a band that knows how to throw a Louisiana part

Savoy Family Band

whether a bitter lament or an earthy hard-driving breakdown, with Marc's squeezebox, Ann's guitar, and their highly capable sons Joel and Wilson on fiddle and keyboards, the Savoys cover the Cajun spectrum with a dazzling mixture of spiritual joy and virtuoso voltage." -Jonny Whitesides-Los Angeles Times We have just returned from a fantastic trip to France where we played for the festival Les Villes des Musiques du Monde. Here is a great video if one of the concerts at the Salle des Malassis in Bagnolet!

Wayne S Same Ol 2 Step

Some people, say, "Man, Zydeco musicians make a lot of money, so I'm gonna start a band and make me a lot of money playing Zydeco". They don't stop and think that this is the music my grandfather played or listened to, or that this is a part of my heritage that I want my children to know. If I make a lot of money at this I'm happy, if I don't make a lot of money, well, I'm still happy" - quote from Wayne Singleton, in the upcoming documentary Zydeco Breakfast film........the statement of a true musician who wants to preserve the music of his heritage.

Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys

We are very happy to announce that Steve Riley has won a Grammy Award in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category with The Band Courtbouillon, a group that also includes local favorites, Wayne Toups, Wilson Savoy and bassist Eric Frey. The self-titled cd was produced by Joel Savoy and is available on Valcour Records at either of the last two links below. The Band Courtbouillon’s performance at Downtown Alive in Lafayette, LA on April 19th 2013 will also double as a local Grammy winning celebration!

Magnolia Cajun Band

Since 1989, Magnolia has been New England's hometown Cajun band. Learning their music form Louisiana's finest, has earned them a solid reputation at home and recognition in the Cajun heartland. Their dance lessons and music have helped build a strong sense of community at festivals and fais-do-dos all over Northeast. Their monthly Saturday night dance has been New England's hottest ticket for more than twenty years! Playing high energy two steps and sultry waltzes, the band's twin fiddles, accordion, guitar, bass and of course, rich vocals keep the audience on its feet long into the night.

JimmyJo & the Jumbol'Ayuhs

JimmyJo & the Jumbol'Ayuhs hails from the "bayous" of coastal Maine. Based in Phippsburg, the Jumbol'Ayuhs serve up music from Cajun Louisiana with a Downeast accent. Featuring Jim Joseph on accordion, second fiddle, and vocals, and Pam Weeks on lead fiddle and vocals, the Jumbol'Ayuhs play lively two-steps and waltzes that tug at your heartstrings. Bill Olson on guitar, Elna Joseph on bass, and Kit Garovoy on percussion round out the sound and provide the bottom end that will keep you dancing! - See more at: http://www.jimmyjo.net/#sthash.SDl2bvTF.dpuf

Ruben Mureno

I don’t want to waste your time telling you about some sappy memory and a messed up childhood from someone else’s point of view. I want to bare it all in the realest way I can, and what better way to do that than by telling you myself. This is my story, no sugarcoating and no lies. It doesn’t end like a fairytale; no one can call this day and age a fairytale ending no how. This is the real, theory seeking, government corruption finding, living life as it is, Ruben Paul Moreno. The year was 1990 when I was born at LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson) hospital in fifth (5th) ward Houston, Texas on January 15th; the beat of the “I Have a Dream” speech playing on the radio in the background. I guess you can say that this is where I get the drive to be an activist from. Since the beginning, my mom was told that if she were to have a child there was a high probability that both her and her child would die. She had me anyways and look, we’re still alive and kicking.

Slippery Sneakers

Slippery Sneakers is a high energy Zydeco dance band that brings together traditional and contemporary Cajun/Zydeco roots music originating from Southwest Louisiana. Their sound is a spicy mixture of up-tempo Zydeco, Blues and Soul, Cajun waltzes, Creole, and a bit of Rock'n Roll, with a heavy emphasis on "the groove" to keep crowds dancing.

SqueezeBox Stompers

WUMB Music Fest 2011, University of Massachusetts 91.9 FM “Even in staid New England, every day is Mardi Gras with the Squeezebox Stompers. Wherever they go, they bring the party with their mix of Zydeco, Cajun, blues and good ol’ roadhouse rock ‘n roll. Whether you’re a dancer or just a toe tapper, the Stompers will get your blood boiling and put a smile on your face at the same time. Led by Rockin’ Ralph Tufo, formerly of the award-winning Boogaloo Swamis, the Stompers feature musicians who have decades of experience playing the roots and branches of American music. Guitarist Larry Plitt was the winner of the 2007 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest…” Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Me & Thee Coffeehouse Blogspot “How much fun is attending a Squeezebox Stompers show? I dare to say it’s so much fun that the band should be banned in Boston and made illegal. Nawwwwww… then we wouldn’t get to listen to their rollicking tunes and do the two-step and twirl around like we were all born on the bayou.” Brett Cromwell , Lowell Sun “Listening to the Squeezebox Stompers is like taking a walk through the streets of the French Quarter. The Stompers keep the dance floor busy with their trademark Louisiana sound.” Rambles Magazine “ The band ranges through styles, writers and performances that will leave your head spinning in the most delicious way…” Habitat for Humanity “Can we talk about the Squeezebox Stompers? Holy Cow!!! People were raving about the band’s performance. The music added authenticity to our Mardi Gras celebration.”

June 4th through the 7th 2015

 Strawberry Park is pleased to announce an outstanding list of confirmed performers for our 19th Annual Cajun Zydeco Festival for 2015. We welcome back Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, to our stage, Geno is truly a pioneer of  creole music with strong influences from Cajun and also Country and Western. We are also excited to have the Savoy Family Cajun Band, thank you Marc,  Ann, Joel, and Wilson  for coming back to the festival this year. Bring your dancin boots because Wilson Savoy is bring the Four Time Grammy Nominated, Pine Leaf Boys to our stages to get you on the dance floor. Jesse Lege, and the Bayou Brew will be Bringing foot Stompin Cajun Music to the world direct from our stages here at Strawberry Park. Jesse’s Driving Accordion playing coupled with his powerful singing will have you falling in love with Cajun Dance Music again and again. A Staple at our festival is Lil Wayne & Same Ol 2 Step thank you Mr Singleton for bringing the band back to our festival. Grammy Award Winner, Steve Riley brings to our stage, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys. The Creole Stomp is exactly what the web page says a Blues Fueled Creole-Zydeco Dance Machine Band. We welcome back Dennis Stroughmatt & the Creole Stomp. A great friend of the Strawberry Park Cajun Zydeco Festival is Jimmy Jo & the Jumbol’Ayuh’s  will be with us once again. Last Year I was amazed at the sound and sheer joy the band Slippery Sneakers was able to exhibit at our festival, Robert Leonard is a true performer and a must Dance to band. For the first time on our stage we welcome MagnoliaRuben Moreno & the Zydeco Re-Evolution & SqueezeBox Stompers. Stay tuned we still have a few more slots to fill and will be posting times soon.We will have great Cajun Creole Cooking along with many great vendors to round out our 19th annual Cajun Zydeco Festival, come dance with us and enjoy one of the best Cajun Zydeco festivals in the North East.

You may make you reservation and purchase tickets for this event by calling Strawberry Park at (860) 886-1944. We have RV sites with water, electric, cable and septic if needed. We also have rental units, including cabins, Park Models and RV rentals. These fill quickly so make your reservation early. You may also take advantage of our FREE camping area across from the resort; all that is needed to stay in our FREE camping area are festival tickets. These tickets may be purchased by calling (860) 886-1944 or by clicking the Buy Tickets link below.

Advanced ticket prices will end May 20 2015, so purchase your tickets early. After January 21st tickets may be purchased online through our online ticket service,  (additional processing fee will apply) by clicking the “Buy Tickets” link below. After May 20th, tickets may only be purchased by calling Strawberry Park at 860-886-1944 or purchased at the gate.

Please note that if you are reserving a campsite, a rental unit or camping in the rough (The Ball Field), you MUST reserve directly through Strawberry Park.


Local Hotel Info:  While Strawberry Park offers over 50 on-site rental units, they do tend to fill quickly for the festival.  If you are not looking to “rough it” with the free camping that accompanies your festival pass, you may consider local B&Bs (such as nearby Roseledge or Hideaway, or for hotels, the nearest would be the new Hilton Garden Inn (also in Preston, just prior to Foxwoods, opening in March of 2013) or the AmericInn in Griswold (5 miles in the opposite direction).  Remember, for our guests traveling by air, we are about 45 minutes from TF Green in Providence RI and about an hour from Bradley (just north of Hartford).

Local Hotel Info:  While Strawberry Park offers over 50 on-site rental units, they do tend to fill quickly for the festival.  If you are not looking to “rough it” with the free camping that accompanies your festival pass, you may consider local B&Bs (such as nearby Roseledge or Hideaway, or for hotels, the nearest would be the new Hilton Garden Inn (also in Preston, just prior to Foxwoods, opening in March of 2013) or the AmericInn in Griswold (5 miles in the opposite direction).  Remember, for our guests traveling by air, we are about 45 minutes from TF Green in Providence RI and about an hour from Bradley (just north of Hartford).

Program & Performers Subject to Change


Please read our cancellation policy carefully regarding any site or rental cancellation. NOTE: There is NO REFUND for any festival passes purchased.

Campsite fees are for entire extended weekend of 9AM Thursday until Sunday 6PM (minimum of 2 paid adult festival passes per site or rental reservation must be purchased–there is NOT a 2 ticket minimum for the free Rough Camping)

Please take a moment to read our rules & regulations. Make sure all members of your camping party are aware of them, especially:

 Wristbands must be worn at all times and displayed to any staff member upon request, and are non-transferable
 No glass containers in public, including stage area
 No keg beer, drugs or open display of alcohol
 No audio/video recording equipment
 No motorcycles beyond front gate
 No walking (or carrying) of pets through the campground–No pets are permitted with any Rough Camping or with Day Visitors. Dogs are allowed with site camping and with select “Dog Friendly” RV rental trailers.
 All bikes and scooters must be kept off walkways, and must be back on site by dark. Any bikes out
after dark will be locked up for the safety of our riders. Helmets required for riders under 18.
 Do not cut through other campsites–use roads and footpaths
 All children & teenagers must be back on their own site by 11PM.
 Any children or teenagers out after curfew will be escorted back to site by security.
 All vehicles must be parked on site or in the visitor parking lot. There is no parking at the pools,office, restrooms, or along the side of the road. Park Speed Limit is 8MPH–SLOW DOWN!!

CAMPING IN THE ROUGH (CIR is free with your paid weekend pass) First Come First Serve, No Space saving for friends

**No pets–No ground fires–No Saving Spaces—No generators** (no picnic tables or hook-ups are provided with rough camping, but full use of all facilities, including free hot showers, is included).