Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cajun and Zydeco Festival Around the Country

If you like to travel and you also love Cajun and Zydeco festivals, you’re in luck. You can check out festivals all over the country while you’re exploring everything else this great land has to offer. Many of these kinds of festivals take place in the southern states, where Zydeco and Cajun music is the

Try Out Music Therapy To Accomplish Your Goals

Do you have problems communicating effectively with your spoken words? Do the words just tumble out of your tongue while you are trying to discuss your feelings to your spouse, or you can’t seem to form one coherent sentence at a social event? Try music therapy. The music therapy program is an established clinical program

A Look into Jimmy Dawkins Life

Jimmy Dawkins was born in 1936 and passed away in 2013. He was born in Mississippi, but moved to Chicago where he became a part of the Blues scene. He was considered to be part of the “West Side Sound,” and was both a guitarist and singer in the blues and electric blues style. His

The Start of The Rotary Club

The Rotary Club has a long history of service to their local communities. They are also known for providing humanitarian services world-wide. Rotary began in 1905 with four members and the headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois. The name “Rotary” was chosen because their original meetings rotated from one office to another. The club became so

What Music Can Do for Your Kids

Teaching children about music is a vital part of a well-rounded education. Becoming knowledgeable in the language of music is a great way to expand a child’s mind, and it gives them a healthy outlet for activity. However, it can be overwhelming to choose a single instrument or genre of music for focused training. By

The Idea of the Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers is a great movie, and iconic in many ways. For people who really get into what it has to offer, it’s important to understand where it came from. The idea behind it came from an actual Blues musician. John Belushi based his character and the performances themselves off of legendary Blues man

Cajun Cuisine Recipe

If you want some flavor of the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, check out this recipe for autumn sausage stew with butternut squash. As one of the highlights of Cajun recipes, this Cajun stew hits all the high marks for soulful Southern food. Start by selecting a pound of your favorite spicy Andouille sausage—nothing

Guitar vs Bass

At the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, there were musicians playing stringed instruments of all shapes and sizes: guitars, mandolins, banjos, bass, and fiddles. Why are there so many kinds of stringed instruments and what’s the difference between them? This post will focus on two of the most common: guitar and bass. The guitar

Creating Cajun & Zydeco Music

If you like to listen to Cajun or Zydeco music, you’re probably familiar with the instruments they use to make those great sounds. For people just getting started on those genres, though, knowledge might be scarce. Fortunately, it’s easy to find out about instruments for Zydeco music, like vest frottoir, or rubboard, as well as

Best Instruments for Blues Music

When you think of blues music, certain instruments pop into your mind including the acoustic guitar and the harmonica. However, this form of music has several sub-genres, such as country blues, Delta blues, boogie-woogie and electric blues. Each of these variations of the blues features its own distinct instrument. Perhaps the most popular blues instrument