Monthly Archives: May 2013

24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival

This year’s Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26. Both days festivities run from 10:30am to 8:00pm, at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, California. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, the festival boasts tons of

Want to know more about the upcoming Cajun & Blues Music Festival? Check out this interview with Director of Marketing Jeff Newby!

Jeff Newby, Director of Marketing for the Cajun & Blues Music Festival, talks with Alicia Doyle of the Ventura County Star about the 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.  The festival is a two day event filled with music, food, and fun for the whole family, and will be taking place this

The Origins of Zydeco and Cajun Music

The origins of Zydeco and Cajun music are separate but extremely intertwined. Cajun music has a long history that involves the French, Canada and modern Louisiana. The term “Cajun” actually comes from Acadian and refers to French settlers of Acadia, which is in modern Nova Scotia. They settled the area in the 1600s but were

How Blues changed America

American music is a global trendsetter and billion-dollar export because of the blues. It has recognizable birthmarks: a “blue note,” 12-bar chord progression, and unapologetic lyrics. Few music genres have produced as many generations of music offspring. Jazz Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong – all raised in the blues culture — expanded the

Get Free Lessons For Zydeco Dancing At The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival

Enjoy Zydeco Dancing With AJ Gibbs The more you listen to zydeco music, the more you want to learn the folk dance movements. Well, now you can have your chance at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. AJ Gibbs, Cajun/Zydeco dance instructor, will be giving out free lessons at the music festival held

Lisa Haley Performing for the 20th Year at the Cajun & Blues Music Festival

The 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be rockin’ with the likes of Lisa Haley. Lisa Haley & The Zydekats will give a live performance both days of this year’s festival. This will mark the performer’s 20th year at the Cajun & Blues Festival. Haley is a Grammy nominated artist who

A Tribute to Finis Tasby with Elvin Bishop: Saturday, May 25th

Cajun and Blues music will fill the air once again at the 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. The festival will be on May 25th and 26th, at the Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park in Simi Valley. This year, the festival will include a tribute to Finis Tasby, and Elvin Bishop will

Janiva Magness Band Performing Sunday, May 26th

If you have missed the annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in the past, this year is the one NOT to miss. The amazing Janiva Magness Band will perform at 5:50 pm, on Sunday, May 26th at the Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park in Simi Valley. Janiva Magness has been described as “One

Ralph Mauriello to Sing National Anthem on All 3 Stages at Cajun and Blues Music Festival

One of Ralph’s earliest memories as a child was singing in the “Amateur Hour” contests at his Grandmother’s house every Sunday. His Aunt Mary always organized it, and all the cousins (and there were many) had to perform in some way; sing dance, recite a poem etc. And he’s been singing ever since . .

The History Behind Delicious Cajun and Creole Cuisine

Events in Simi Valley, California center around the annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival that brings you authentic Louisiana cuisine to enjoy while experiencing Creole, Cajun, Zydeco and Blues music. The two-day Memorial Day Weekend Festival features Jambalaya and crawfish, both staples of Creole food history and Cajun food history. The difference between