The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will rock once again on Memorial Day weekend, Sat. & Sun. May 24-25, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley.
The event features a Mardi Gras parade, kids’ activities, crafts and dozens of food booths plus two full stages for each of its musical genres. Music will proceed non-stop each day from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 adults 13+ and $15 children 7-12, are available online at simicajun.org or at the gate. Parking is ample and free. Fast-moving California Hwy. 118 (Ronald Reagan Freeway) can be taken to the Stearns Street exit; the festival is four blocks south.
The blues stage presents its strongest bill ever featuring Robert Randolph & the Family Band; Los Angeles-based Southern soul and blues legend Swamp Dogg; British blues patriarch John Mayall; blues revival pioneers Canned Heat; Texas-born bluesman Guitar Shorty and many others.
On the Cajun-Zydeco stage, Grammy® Lifetime Achievement recipient C.J. Cheneir brings the Red Hot Louisiana Band, assembled by his father, Zydeco king Clifton Chenier. Veteran Zydeco accordionist Nathan Williams Sr. will appear, as will Nathan Williams Jr. & His Zydeco Big Timers, among others.
The annual Mardi Gras Parade will take place both days at 4 p.m.
For more information visit simicajun.org.