"Experience the Music"
Louisiana is the birthplace of Blues, Jazz, Dixieland, Rhythm & Blues, New Orleans Bounce, 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.
Jazz music originated in New Orleans. Many don’t know that Brass Bands created the sound of Jazz that then formed the sound of R&B. Defining the sound of early Jazz is summed up by the sounds of Louie Armstrong, and the New Orleans Brass Band sound is defined by groups such as the Soul Rebels but that’s not all Louisiana is known for musically.
Zydeco is the music of French Speaking African Americans of South Louisiana. This music is mainly accordion based and usually includes the sound of a scrub board to keep the rhythm. Although, Zydeco is played all through Louisiana you mainly hear it in Southwest Louisiana and Texas.
Swamp Pop is another Louisiana original, and it’s mainly heard in places like Baton Rouge, Gonzalez and Hammond. This music usually focuses on Louisiana Life and has the honky-tonk pianos, undulating bass lines and bellowing horn sections.
Last but not least is New Orleans Bounce, which can be summed up in one word “Twerk”. Although, the music makes you do more than “Twerk” it’s the first thing you think of when you hear it. New Orleans bounce often uses the “Triggerman Beat” and usually has “call and response” style chants.
The Taste of Louisiana Festival is proud to bring you the sounds of some of the greatest bands out of Louisiana.
Past Performers: 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, The Brass-a-holics, Bryan Fontenot and Outlaw INC. , Ruben Moreno, Bluesiana Red, Kickin Brass Band, Bayou City Brass Band and Hustlers Brass Band.