THIBODAUX – The entire region is invited to the fourth annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, a musical celebration of south Louisiana culture slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 16-18, 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 gates. Festival gates will open to the public at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Musical talents scheduled to perform include Treater, Savoy Family Band, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Waylon Thibodeaux “Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler”, Foret Tradition, Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, T’Canaille, Bruce Daigrepont, Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Ryan Brunet and The Malfecteurs, Feufollet and Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ 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, “Trésors du Bayou,” slated to kick off at 9 a.m. Friday, March 16. Intended as a prelude to the Swamp Stomp Festival, the program will feature local artists, historians and craftspeople performing for the public at no cost. The swamp pop band Treater will perform Zydeco and Cajun music, and dance instructors will teach guests the Cajun waltz, two-step and jitterbug. Trésors du Bayou will end with a free concert featuring Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours.
The 2012 Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival is supported by a Community Partnership Grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Inc.; a grant from the 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; a grant from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium for LUMCON’s Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program; Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program; Kim and Henry Lafont; Mr. Melvin Perrin; Brooke and Lucas Huddleston; Gulf Island Fabrication Inc.; Gator Equipment Rentals LLC; PRO-NSU; Coca-Cola; Buquet Distributing; Rouses; Entergy; Mrs. Gloria Callais; Mr. Al Danos Jr.; Byron E. Talbot, Contractor; and additional friends.