Monthly Archives: June 2013

Best Places to Listen to Live Blues Music

Ventura County and Los Angeles County are rich in blues music tradition and opportunities to experience the genre live and in person. Of course, there are the two annual festival events in the region, both of which have just concluded. But you can certainly put next year’s versions on your to-do list. The Simi Valley

Remembering Great Blues Harp Players

When thinking about blues music or blues musicians, it’s hard not to think about Little Walter or James Cotton. These two great blues harp players found their way into the hearts of many fans of the music and are studied by future musicians. Little Walter, who was born Marion Walter Jacobs, was a singer, guitarist,

Little Known Facts about the Cajun Culture

Most people are at least familiar with the flavors of Cajun food, but what about the Cajun culture and the history of Cajun music? For those who don’t know much about the Cajun culture, here’s a brief look at some little known facts. Cajun culture came from France as these people settled in Nova Scotia

Great Cajun Cooking, You Can Do it Too!

Cajun recipes are not as complicated as many assume. Anyone can enjoy great Cajun cooking by following the recipes that stem from Louisiana, even if those recipes seem complicated at the beginning. Beignet Beignets are a type of French donut that is popular as a Cajun dessert. Simply mix a half cup of shortening, a

W.C. Handy: The Father of Blues

W.C. Handy is widely acknowledged as the “Father of Blues”. He redefined the existing young music genre into what we recognize it to be today, and popularized it with a wider audience. Handy played the blues on his cornet at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, introducing the blues to a world of new listeners.

The Return of West Coast Swing Dancing

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival that occurred during Memorial Day weekend provided an opportunity for swing dancers to enjoy their favorite moves. It provided blues music that was perfect for West Coast swing dancing, which is gaining in popularity. What Is West Coast Swing? The rise of West Coast swing dancing clubs

25th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Already in the Works

The incredible music is but a memory and the flavors of Cajun food have once again pleased and challenged our taste buds. The 24th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival is history, once again delighting and entertaining thousands over Memorial Day Weekend. Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces and tapping toes. The echoes

The History Behind the Cajun & Blues Music Festival

Blues music inherently has an extensive history spanning the American landscape, and the Cajun & Blues Music Festival exists to celebrate this stunning and everlasting history. Benefitting multiple charities, the event began in 1988 as an event in support of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. Just two years later, the Creole aspect was universally

Behind the Scenes: The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival is put on every year by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise in the Rancho Santa Susana Community Park. This festival is held on Memorial Day Weekend and all of the proceeds go to different charities that help support educational and humanitarian causes. The Rotary Club of Simi

Big Thanks to All Our Volunteers from This Years Event!

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival would like to take this time to give a big “Thank You” to the entire team of 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival volunteers. Many of these volunteers spend many, many hours beyond just the two days of the festival itself. They serve on