THIBODAUX – The fourth annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival at Nicholls State University, slated for Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18, will feature an extensive lineup of Cajun, Zydeco and swamp pop acts – among them, two recent Grammy nominees.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, scheduled to perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, received a nomination for Best Regional Roots Music Album in 2011. Titled “Grand Isle,” the album is available for online review at mamouplayboys.com/grand_isle/.
Also slated to perform at Swamp Stomp is the Louisiana band Feufollet, whose album “En Couleurs” was nominated for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album in 2010. A profile of Feufollet, scheduled to perform at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, is available at feufollet.net.
“Swamp Stomp is truly becoming a Thibodaux tradition, and we are very excited about the 2012 lineup,” Brenda Haskins, executive director of auxiliary affairs at Nicholls, said. “Our goal is to help keep south Louisiana music, art and culture alive and well. Everyone is welcome, so start making plans to attend!”
Launched in 2009, Swamp Stomp spotlights local and regional musicians; features a variety of south Louisiana foods; offers presentations on the history, culture, and economic development of the region; and showcases artisans demonstrating their crafts and selling handmade items. The event also features the annual Bayou French Education Program, or “Tresors du Bayou,” a popular attraction for thousands of primary and secondary school students from south Louisiana.
For festival details, including the band lineup and vendor registration information, go to www.nicholls.edu/swamp_stomp.