3rd annual Swamp Stomp festival to promote Cajun culture, feature regional bands

THIBODAUX – The entire region is invited to the third annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival – a musical celebration of south Louisiana culture slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-20, at Nicholls State University.

The festival will take place in the parking lot adjacent to John L. Guidry Stadium (Family Day Site). Admission is $10 per day or $25 for the weekend – free for children 11 and under. Tickets will be available at the gate. The festival gates will open to the public at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

“Beginning with our hugely successful inaugural festival in 2009, Swamp Stomp is quickly becoming a Thibodaux tradition,” said Brenda Haskins, festival committee co-chair and director of auxiliary services at Nicholls. “It’s a festival specifically dedicated to Cajun culture, and we believe the people of the Bayou Region recognize the value of that. Swamp Stomp is a great entertainment venue for anyone who loves Cajun and Zydeco music, local foods, locally made art and crafts, and south Louisiana culture.”

Musical talents scheduled to perform include Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble; the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band; Grammy-nominated Feufollet; Foret Tradition; Grammy-nominated Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole; Ryan Brunet and the Malfecteurs; Lost Bayou Ramblers; Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys; Tab Benoit and Waylon Thibodeaux; Grammy-nominated Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band; T’Canaille; Grammy-nominated The Pine Leaf Boys; and Geno Delafose and the French Rockn’ Boogie. Free Zydeco Cajun dance lessons will be offered an hour before the first band starts playing on each day.

Festival attendees can also enjoy the cultural offerings of the Bayou French Education Program, or “Tresors du Bayou.” This program will feature local artists, historians and craftsmen performing for local school children, Nicholls students and guests. There will be a swamp pop band playing Zydeco and Cajun Music and dance instructors who will teach guests how to dance the Cajun Waltz, Cajun Two-Step and Cajun Jitterbug. Tresors du Bayou will end with a free concert featuring Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys.

Current Swamp Stomp sponsors include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation Inc.; Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Houma Regional Arts Council; and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium for Lumcon’s Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.

Visit www.nicholls.edu/swamp_stomp for complete event details, including information for area artists and craftsmen who wish to be vendors at the festival (www.nicholls.edu/swamp_stomp/vendor-information/).

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