Advanced Ticket Sales Without Camping Accommodations
June 9th through the 12th 2016
Strawberry Park is pleased to announce an outstanding list of confirmed performers for our 20th Annual Cajun Zydeco Festival for 2016. We welcome back Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, to our stage, Geno is truly pioneer of creole music with strong influences from Cajun and also Country and Western. 2016 brings to our stage for the first time The Savoy Doucet Dance Band, a must see traditional Cajun band. 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. Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys are back with us in 2016.The Creole Stomp, will pack the dance floor with their one of a kind hard driving Creole and contemporary Zydeco Music. A great friend of the Strawberry Park Cajun Zydeco Festival is. Jimmy Jo & the Jumbol’Ayuh’s will be with us once again. Magnolia will be back on our stage this year for your dancing pleasure. For the first time on our stage we welcome Roddie Romeo & the Hub City AllStars. C’est Bon is back with us this year thank you Betsy for being patiant with me. We will have great Cajun Creole Cooking along with many great vendors to round out our 20th annual Cajun Zydeco Festival, come dance with us and enjoy one of the best Cajun Zydeco festivals in the North East
- 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.
- Savoy Doucet Dance Band
Marc Savoy and Michael Doucet are the two primary keepers of the flame on the Cajun music scene.."I recorded three Cds with Marc and Ann. We're sticklers for playing traditional things. We'll play ten or twelve bars just like somebody used to, but after that it's up to us. You put your own feelings into it. If you play exactly like somebody did years ago, you're not playing yourself. That's not an evolution of the music, that's a decadence of the music, and I think Marc agrees with me.(Michael Doucet). - Audio
- 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.
- Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
RODDIE ROMERO & the HUB CITY ALL-STARS are a renowned, Grammy nominated Louisiana band who have been performing internationally at the most prestigious festivals and venues for over 20 years. They are celebrated not only for their authenticity when performing or recording traditional Cajun and zydeco music indigenous to South Louisiana, but also for their original songwriting which stays true to “Louisiana Roots” inspirations. They have recently garnered a GRAMMY nomination for their double record, The La Louisianne Sessions. They are notorious “Louisiana-Roots-Rockers” who put on an energetic show which is bound to make ‘em get up and dance!
- 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!
- K Jones and the Benzie Playboys
Playboys are a six piece Band that plays a blend of traditional, old school Zydeco and Cajun music, along withother styles of music, including rock, reggae, and blues. Although the band comes from the woods of northwestern lower Michigan founding members Kirk Jones and Mark Stoltz grew up in Louisiana. This exposure led to a lifelong love and respect for Louisiana culture and music. K. Jones plays traditional button accordions and fiddle and sings lead, with Mark Stoltz scrubbing away on the scrub board and triangle, so key to the band’s sound. Jonah Powell, fiddle player and guitarist, contributes plenty of sweet leads and rhythm to the mix. The rhythm and second lead guitarist, Sean Dye, locks down the sound with incredible feel and time. Doug Albright, on the five string bass, is a melodic and snappy player. This is where the funk and groove originates. Jamey Barnard, on drums, drives the freight train with a soulful force. Dancers can feel the machine! The Benzie Playboys are currently touring in support of their new CD, “Morning Train,” their fourth. Their previous release, “Oh Yeah,” was enthusiastically reviewed by “Offbeat Magazine,” saying, “They get it right.” “Morning Train,” you might want to climb aboard.
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 b
Advanced ticket prices will end May 20 2016, so purchase your tickets early. After February 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).
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 Across from the Entrance to the Park)
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).