The 32nd annual Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival is Saturday, August 30th in Plaisance with music kicking off at noon.
To help get everyone in the mood, Opelousas, which has been proclaimed as the Zydeco Capital of the World by the state, will that morning host its 12th annual Zydeco Breakfast on Courthouse Square from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
“This year, festival goers and music lovers will experience sounds by Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble under the oaks that surround our historic courthouse,” said Patrice Melnick with Opelousas Tourism, which hosts the annual event in cooperation with Opelousas’ Main Street group.
That concert is free. Visitors can also enjoy meals, snacks and beverages from the businesses that face the square as well as treats from vendors on the square.
Among this year’s businesses around Courthouse Square that will be taking part are Java Square, Back in Time, the Palace Café, Dairy Queen and The Brass Rail.
Wanda Juneau with Back in Time will again be offering an assortment of breakfast items, all named for local music greats.
She said the Clifton Chenier — a sausage, egg and cheese casserole with garlic grits and an English muffin — is traditionally her biggest seller and that is only right.
“He was the one who created the music right here in Opelousas. He was the big dog,” Juneau said.
Melnick said Taylor and his group should keep people dancing throughout the morning.
“He is known for his bluesy, soulful vocals and the band’s hard driving Zydeco beat which blends to create high-energy dance music for all audiences,” Melnick said.
Taylor and his group also serve as Zydeco ambassadors, touring throughout the nation and playing festivals and clubs from New York to San Diego to help spread Zydeco to an ever wider audience.
“Over the years, Curley has played with many world-class musicians including Steve Riley, ‘Lil’ Bob and the Lollipops and his uncles, Lil Buck Senegal and Wayne ‘Blue’ Burns,” Melnick said.
“He has also toured with CJ Chenier, son of the ‘King of Zydeco’ Clifton Chenier and a Zydeco legend in his own right,” Melnick said.
She said the band has been together since 2003 and Taylor has so far produced six CDs of original music, making him one of the most prolific composers in Zydeco. “His latest CD, ‘Zydeco Confessions,’ came out in 2014,” Melnick said.
She said early risers can warm up with Curobiks. “Curobiks is high-energy, fun-filled, aerobic Zydeco line dancing that will be led by a certified aerobics instructor from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.,” Melnick said.
“Also, kids can get their exercise and fun on the wavy slide fun jump that will be located nearby,” Melnick said.
She said visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating.
For more information on the breakfast, call 337-948-6263 or visit cityofopelousas.com.
For more information about the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, visit zydeco.org.