Cajun & Zydeco: Instrumentals & Dancing

Cajun & Zydeco Instrumentals & Dancing

We take a look at what Cajun and Zydeco instrumentation and dancing involves! Cajun Instrumentation This includes the button accordion, fiddle, triangle, guitar, bass, and drums. This music has typically always been playing not just to listen to – but for dancing! The fiddle has always been the main sound in Cajun bands, but after

Cultural Impact of Music

Cultural Impact of Music

Music’s positives and negative influence can affect the society of our culture. Plato once warned, “Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the laws of the State always change with them.” From medieval folk music to the R&B that is rapped today, it is no secret that

Upcoming Female Blues Artists

New Generation of Female Blues Artists

Females are bringing back the blues with a strong female voice, composition, and influence! If you are a blues-lover, you do not want to miss these young female blues artists that have hit the scene with a bang! Ana Popovic Ana grew up listening to her father’s collection of blues and soul records. From the

Tailgating Recipe: Jalapeno Chicken Poppers

Southern Tailgating Recipes: Jalapeno Chicken Poppers

Enjoy the social football event while snacking on the Southern, delicious bacon wrapped chicken poppers. These Jalapeño Chicken Poppers are perfect socializing, finger food additions to your party or tailgating event! This recipe makes around 16 poppers, so if you’re going to or hosting a large event, you can double the ingredients. Ingredients: 2 boneless,

Influential Blues Legend: Muddy Waters

Blues Legend: Muddy Waters

American singer and guitarist, Muddy Waters, defined Chicago blues with his Mississippi upbringing. McKinley Morganfield, born April 4th, 1915, coined his nickname Muddy Waters by playing in the swampy puddles of the Mississippi River as a boy. This name followed him throughout his upbringing and fame. Waters began to play harmonica at the age of

Fall Favorite Recipe: Creole Pecan Pie

Recipe: Creole Pecan Pie

As fall approaches, warm and rich pies are beginning to make their way to the table. A New Orleans favorite is Creole Pecan Pie, and of course, good blues music. To enjoy great blues locally, visit the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, Memorial Day weekend 2016. Until then, here is a hearty pie

Throw a New Orleans-Style Mardi Gras Party!

Tips for Throwing a Mardi Gras Party

Bring the atmosphere of New Orleans to your Mardi Gras party! Enjoy your indulgence before the start of Lent with the midwinter holiday celebration, Mardi Gras! This holiday has been celebrated in New Orleans on a grand scale since the early 1700s when the French settled. Today, the city attracts millions with the festive parades,

The Good & The Bad of Spicy Food

Pros and Cons of Spicy Food

How does spicy food positively and negatively effect you? A study in China showed that around 500,000 people who ate spicy foods twice a week had a reduced risk of death by 10 percent. While this is pretty good, many are wondering if the benefits increase if you eat spicy foods several times a week.

How to: Survive the So-Cal Heat

How to Survive Southern Heat

It seems as if summer never ends in Southern California, with temperatures remaining high into fall. California is known for it’s coastal beaches, high mountains, and yes… the sun. The sun brings life, lifts people’s mood, and means we never have to worry about carrying an umbrella. However, Southern California can really heat up in

The Best of Cajun Folklore

Cajun Folklore

Many myths are centered around the Cajun culture! With the dark, sinister environment of the swamps, stories of creatures and monsters came into being. As people grew more sophisticated, the tales have become allegories useful for teaching lessons about life, or in many cases, were kept because they were entertaining! So what are the Louisiana