Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Ventura County Blues Society

The all-volunteer staff of the Ventura County Blues Society is dedicated to two missions – promoting blues music and supporting local charities. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization accomplishes both goals at once by scheduling events that celebrate and enrich the Southern California blues music scene and donating the funds generated to charity. Similar to the Ventura County Blues Society, the

Blues vs. Jazz and Why they are Often Grouped Together

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend 2014. With that in mind, we’d like to explore a bit of the history behind the reasoning blues and jazz often get grouped together, although they are very different styles. Blues vs. Jazz: What’s the Difference? Blues and Jazz music are hard

Celebrating and Preserving Cajun Culture

In today’s rapidly changing world, it is more important than ever to preserve the ecological and cultural richness of the Atchafalaya Basin.  Both the swamps and people of Central Louisiana are truly unique. Preserving the Swamps The Atchafalaya Basin is the last remaining section of the Mississippi’s original flood plain that stretched from Missouri to

Cajun Music: Alive and Well in Louisiana

Cajun music has been alive and well in Louisiana for at least 200 years. In fact, Cajun music is more popular in Louisiana than it is anywhere else because Cajun music originated in Louisiana and is ingrained in the state’s culture. The state has so many talented Cajun performers that they’ve spread the popularity of

Cajun Recipe: Frog Leg Sauce Piquant

Craving some Cajun food and can’t wait until Memorial Day Weekend when the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival kicks off? Get a taste of the bayou now with this Cajun recipe for frog legs sauce piquant, courtesy of Real Cajun Recipes. Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 3 tbsp butter 1

Best Cajun and Creole Restaurants

When Memorial Day weekend rolls around, one of the hottest events in SoCal is the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. The upcoming 2014 fest will be celebrating its 25th anniversary and it’s a party you won’t want to miss. The festival is a rich blend of Cajun, Zydeco, Creole and Blues music wailing

Why Music Helps You Work Out

It’s no secret that music has an effect on your mind and body. When it comes to exercise, working out with music can actually be beneficial to your health as it helps you get more from your exercise regimen. The following are but a few of the many benefits of music when it comes to exercise.   

Difference Between Cajun and Creole Cooking

Not everyone is aware of the differences between Cajun food and Creole food. While they are very similar due to the fact that both cultures have a French heritage, here are some of the differences: It has been previously said that Creoles will feed one family on 3 chickens and Cajuns will feed 3 families

Blues Musicians: New Artists you Should Know

There are some new Blues musicians that are worth taking a look at.  These new artists should add new depth in the Blues music genre.  Here is a look at just a few. Jordan Cook, who is blues singer Reignwolf, has yet to have an album released, but he is still having heads turn his

Cajun & Blues Festival Performers to Be Named Soon

Mark Memorial Day weekend 2014 on your calendars now so that you don’t miss the 25th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. Headline performers for three separate stages at this 25th anniversary festival will be announced shortly.  Headliners include Grammy-winning performers as well as popular new bands.  Cajun-Zydeco and Blues performers are featured on