vocals. He is known as the creator of the much-covered zyde-cajun classic, “That Butt Thing”, and no stranger to controversy when, in the middle of a successful career in the early 2000s, he defied stereotypes and switched his focus from Cajun to zydeco music—something relatively unheard of in his Louisiana Cajun community at the time. Horace bought his first guitar when he was 12, and had been playing some saxophone since the 5th grade, but when he expressed an interest in playing the accordion at 15, his father brought him to Felix Richard, a strong accordionist and first cousin who lived in Cankton, LA. Horace was a natural and booked his first gig within six months of learning to play. At 18 he was on the road touring with the great D.L. Menard, he released his first cd, Ossun Blues, when he was 20, and in 2000 he formed his own band. In 2013, he and his wife, Chantelle produced the documentary, “Cajun & Creole: Black & White”. The film features Horace, a Louisiana Cajun, and his father-in-law, Rodney Bernard, a Louisiana Creole, and the ties that bind them musically, geographically, culturally, spiritually, and universally. Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express is known as a quintessential zydeco dancers’ band, playing not only tunes that are a joy to dance to, but are musically sophisticated as well. The band’s latest release is the 2017 Until The End. HoraceTrahan.com
Terry & the Zydeco Bad BoysZydeco - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Terry Domingue grew up in in the heart of French Louisiana and, coming of age in this hotbed of Cajun and Creole culture, he developed a passion for
zydeco which he first heard at Creole Cowboy trail rides he attended with his father. At these community gatherings, four-year-old Terry would stand at the foot of the stage, enthralled by the accordion. After teaching himself to play, Terry got his first accordion at the age of eight. In 2001, he formed his own band, Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys, carrying deeply traditional zydeco into the 21st century, holding true to the genre’s roots though traditional instrumentation, two-step and waltz rhythms, and French lyrics highlighting the trials and joys of life in Creole Louisiana. .
The band has become a favorite of zydeco fans everywhere, and continues to earn praise for playing some of the most interesting zydeco today, both highly innovative and deeply respectful of tradition. In addition to Creole influences, Terry draws upon Cajun music, plus nods to swamp pop, R&B ballads, and more. He proudly sings both traditional and original compositions in French, and has recorded zydeco classics by legends like Boozoo Chavis and John Delafose. For Terry, playing this music serves a higher purpose. “Music, to me, is my therapy,” he explains. “When I get on stage, I forget about all my troubles and free my soul.”
The RevelersCajun - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Grammy nominees The Revelers’ sound is a spicy jambalaya of swamp pop, Cajun, zydeco, country and blues. It’s a powerful potion of roots music
that celebrates the flavor of southwest Louisiana and makes you can’t help but get up and dance. Founded by one-time originating members of The Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys, the band plays with a sense of empathy and depth that can only be fostered after years of making music together. Accordionist, fiddler, vocalist and songwriter Blake Miller grew up in the Southwest Louisiana town of Iota, the grandson of famed accordion maker Larry Miller, and has served stints in just about every Cajun/Creole band of note. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chas Justice’s guitar playing can seamlessly switch from any of the many genres he has mastered, from the full spectrum of Southwest Louisiana styles, to country jazz to Blues. A consummate musician’s musician and adept multi-instrumentalist, fiddler Daniel Coolik has also lent his talents to many Louisiana bands in the 10+ years since he arrived on the Lafayette, La music scene. Baton Rouge native Glenn Fields is the quintessential Louisiana drummer, as well as a fine singer. A founder of the iconic Red Stick Ramblers, Glenn also founded the annual Black Pot Festival which celebrates Acadiana’s musical and cultural heritage. Bassist Trey Boudreaux grew up I Lafayette surrounded by the sounds of French music, and has developed prodigious skills in a wide range of musical styles. Lastly, it’s been said that saxophonist Chris Miller’s fiery tone and homage to the swamp pop masters is the “glue” in The Revelers unstoppable sound.
The Revelers released their latest album, At the End of the River, in November 2019. RevelersBand.com
Together Sunday on the Bourbon Street Stage
Two time Grammy-nominated John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend who has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today.
The echoes of tradition, bellowing from the myriad iconic places he has played, pulse from every chord in his fingers.
After moving from Mississippi to Chicago as a child in 1963, fell for the music of both the city’s west and south sides. Fronting his first band, The Maintainers, he was asked to join and eventually lead the house band at the world famous Theresa’s Lounge in 1974. Over the next seven years, John would play with such blues originators as: Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Smokey Smothers, Lonnie Brooks and many others shaping the foundations of the Chicago blues to come. In 1979, the great songwriter Willie Dixon persuaded him to join the Chicago Blues All Stars, which is where Muddy Waters heard John play. Muddy recruited him not only as his guitar player and bandleader, but also as an opening act. After Muddy’s death, John signed on with the legendary Magic Slim with whom he toured for 14 years as bandleader and guitarist. In 1995, John ventured out on his own as a veteran bluesman and released his solo major label debut, The Real Deal. Over the years, he has recorded a dozen albums, toured around the world and amassed a slew of awards including 2 Living Legend honors, and a Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist. JohnPrimerBlues.com
Deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet delivering high-energy performances with a thoroughly contemporary impact, harp-playing vocalist
Rob Stone is one of the busiest musicians on the blues scene today. His wide-bodied harmonica attack and cool, streetwise vocals display an unshakable Chicago Blues foundation, and his penchant for house-rocking tempos make his concerts an exhilarating experience.
A Boston native, Stone actually cut his musical teeth in the gritty clubs of Chicago’s north, south and west sides, learning from the masters. In 1993 he was invited to join drummer Sam Lay’s band and soon became a “go to” player in the competitive Chicago blues scene –– performing and recording with many of the genre’s legendary acts. Since then, he has headlined international tours playing clubs, concerts and festivals throughout Europe and Japan, landed an endorsement from Seydel harmonicas (he was previously endorsed by Hohner), and opened major shows for B.B. King, Etta James, Robert Cray, James Cotton, Los Lobos Johnny Winter, Elvin Bishop, and Jose Feliciano to name a handful. Since relocating to Los Angeles, Stone has been a very busy man, performing with the Electric Flag Reunion, Big Jay McNeely, Barry Goldberg,Joe Bonamassa, Harvey Mandel and Jimmy Vivino. Rob continues to bring an original, inventive twist to his blistering sound, while remaining committed to keeping the traditional Chicago blues flame burning brightly. RobStone.com
Add Grammy nominee to Sugaray Rayford’s long list of awards! His album Somebody Save Me has been nominated for a 2020 Grammy
in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category. The American Soul Blues singer and songwriter also took home the title of “ Blues Music Awards Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year” in 2019 and was nominated as the “B.B.King Entertainer of the Year”. He began his musical career at the age of 7, singing and playing drums in his Texas church. His gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music and the soulful gravel in his voice that hints at his firsthand experience with the hardship of youthful poverty. As one of the lead vocalists for the Mannish Boys, he sang lead vocals on Double Dynamite, the winning Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2013 Blues Music Awards. He has been a member of noted San Diego bands The Urban Gypsys and Aunt Kizzy’s Boyz, and since moving to Los Angeles, has hosted the Blues Jam at Cozy’s, sat in with numerous well known blues artists, has sung vocals on film and TV soundtracks, appeared at too many festivals to name, and made his stage debut starring in the Tony award winning play “Ain’t Nuthin’ But The Blues” at the Portland Center Stage in Portland OR. performing with the Broadway cast. When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. Sugarayrayford.com
Saturday on the Festival Stage
Shawn Holt & The TeardropsBlues
The son of legendary Blues master Magic Slim, Shawn Holt carries on the tradition of soul-searching Chicago Blues. He started playing at the age of 17,
when he went on the road with his father and The Teardrops, and soon realized his genetic destiny. Magic Slim passed away in 2013, but the high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well with Shawn fronting the band. Shawn’s booming vocals are reminiscent of his dad’s, and his guitar playing while similar to Slim’s, exhibits a broader mix of classic and contemporary influences. Shawn shows himself more than capable of leading The Teardrops into a new era, and to underscore that, in 2014 Shawn Holt and The Teardrops’ album Daddy Told Me won both the Blues Blast Music Award for “New Artist Debut Album” and the BMA award for “Best New Artist Debut”. ShawnHoltandtheTeardrops.org