"Experience the Music"
Louisiana is the birthplace of Blues, Jazz, Dixieland, Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Cajun, Swamp Pop, Zydeco and more. Louisiana's musical heritage and history are second to none, beginning with Congo Square where it all started over 300 years ago. The Taste of Louisiana Festival is proud to bring you the sounds of some of the greatest bands out of Louisiana.
Past Festival performers included: Keith Frank and The Soileau Zydeco Band, Brian Jack and The Zydeco Gamblers, Cajun Radio Artist of the year Horace Trahan and The Ossun Express, Damon Troy and The Final five, Brandon Ledet and The Creole Touch, New Orleans Brass Band the Brass-a-holics, andBryan Fontenot and Outlaw INC.
Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
Lil Nathan was born with musical talent and nourished in a musical environment throughout his childhood. Lil Nathan began playing rub board in his father’s band at age 5. He moved on to the drums and then the accordion, finding in his father an excellent teacher and role model. Lil' Nathan's father is the leader of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, one of the top Zydeco bands touring across the country. His uncle, Sid Williams, who is serving as manager of his nephew's band, is owner of El Sid O’s in Lafayette, one of the principal venues for Zydeco music, a club where Buckwheat Zydeco used to perform regularly and recorded his last live album.
Lil Nathan recorded his 1st album at the age of 14, which featured the hit song “Ballin on Zydeco”. Lil Nathan demonstrated that he mastered all three types of accordions diatonic, triple-row, and piano. In which, he posed with each of his accordions on the debut CD cover.
Lil Nathan eventually moved beyond his Zydeco upbringing and expanded his knowledge at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he majored in jazz studies and music media, which he states has influenced his music in many ways. Eventually, Lil Nate’s education and experience allowed him to write and arrange his own albums. These original songs can be heard on the following albums “ Doin’ it Big Time” , Deceived, Degraded but Not Destroyed, and The Autonomous Fit For Survival.
With the introduction of Lil Nate and The Zydeco Big Timers, the Williams family has joined the other great Zydeco dynasties Ardoin, Broussard, Carrier, Chavis’, Chenier, Delafose and Frank families that have passed on a rich musical legacy to a new generation.
Ruben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution
Ruben Moreno is a remarkable entertainer who grips his audiences with his sizzling style of Creole soul and honky-tonk zydeco, soulful vocals, and timeless accordion skills. Ruben is known by many as one of the hottest rub board artists in the world, and is now staking his claim as a premiere, mainstream vocalist who can squeeze the box with the best of them.
At the age of 10, Ruben opened at the Continental Club on rub-board with Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners in Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capitol of the World. He then took to the road for the next decade playing with Thomas and C.J. Chenier. Moreno subsequently moved to the California Bay Area and was groomed by zydeco stalwart Andre Thierry. In October 2011, Ruben released his first solo recording, 'Por Ti Volare' (For You I Will Fly) produced by Thierry. Skyrocketing Ruben's career, the album earned him acclaim from many, including iconic ambassador Buckwheat Zydeco.
From top to bottom, Ruben's band will have you toe-tapping to authentic and revolutionary zydeco cuts, rocking out to cutting-edge vocals, and singing the blues to a classic Little Richard cover. Whether at one of Ruben’s concerts or online, zydeco fans adore his vocal prowess and his unique rhythmic style.
Hustlers Brass Band
The Hustlers Brass Band is the ultimate New Orleans brass band. Since 2005 they've been performing with a sound straight from New Orleans, paying their respects to the unique musical traditions of New Orleans. But the group's relative youth means their music yields an eclectic set of musical genres incorporating a special blend of R & B, Funk, Gospel Traditional Jazz, Zydeco, Latin and Be-Bop. They will take you on a historical journey through the Crescent City brass band tradition.
Bluesiana Red is a blues band from Southwest Louisiana throwing down some real funky Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Soul, & R&B. The band consists of several dynamic musicians from the Lake Charles area, with a combined 75 years of music experience. The band is seasoned with spicy Louisiana flavors and down home blues. That’s what you call a spicy gumbo.
The sound is true to the roots of southern blues, rock-n-roll, woogie, and cultural music. Let the good time roll with the sounds of Bluesiana Red