Apr 02 2018

Lowcountry Cajun Fest

By Sarah Reynolds for The Island Connection

Band and crowd at the 2017 Lowcountry Cajun Festival.

The 27th Annual Lowcountry Cajun Festival returns to James Island County Park on Sunday, April 8 from noon – 6 p.m., featuring music from three acts.

Jack Sheffield dishes up crawfish at the 2017 festival.

Bringing Louisiana living to the Lowcountry, the Cajun Festival is a full-day of music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and entertainment straight from the bayou! After getting their fill of food, festival-goers can kick off their shoes and dance to live, non-stop Zydeco and Cajun music, performed on stage throughout the day by Shrimp City Slim at 1 p.m, by Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys at 2:30, and by Nathan Williams and The Zydeco Cha Chas at 4:30 p.m.

Shrimp City Slim is a Charleston-based keyboard player/singer/songwriter who has been working in music for thirty years. He performs over 200 shows per year, solo and with his band, and has released 14 CDs of original music. As bandleader/tour manager, he has travelled extensively with Walter “Lightnin’ Bug” Rhodes, Big Boy Henry, Chicago Bob Nelson, Drink Small, Beverly Guitar Watkins, Neal “Big Daddy” Pattman, John Lee Ziegler and others.

From Lafayette, La., Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys feature the accordion mastery and soulful vocals of front man Jeffery Broussard, from the legendary band, Zydeco Force. The band delivers renditions of Creole classics as well as their own brand of contemporary Zydeco. The son of esteemed accordionist Delton Broussard, young Jeffery began his musical journey on the drums in his father’s legendary band, the Lawtell Playboys, who were themselves innovators, adding some R&B and a funkiness to this traditional roots music. Broussard was named “Accordionist of the Year” by Zydeco Music and Creole Heritage Awards in 2007.

Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas will wrap up the festival’s music lineup. For over 20 years, St. Martinville, La. native Nathan and his hard-working band have toured the world bringing their unique brand of authentic Zydeco music to fans around the globe. Uplifting and connected to its place in history, the music of Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas is the expression of a remarkable South Louisiana family.

The Lowcountry Cajun Festival also features a variety of local and regional restaurants, caterers and food trucks, who will cook up a variety of mouth-watering foods. Festival-goers will discover a variety of Cajun and Creole dishes for sale like jambalaya, etouffee, andouille sausage and of course, crawfish! Those who prefer a tamer menu will enjoy seafood, Southern barbecue, and traditional festival foods. Other festivities include a crawfish eating contest, a crafts market, souvenirs for sale, and mechanical rides for kids.

Admission to the Festival is $15.

The event is free for ages 12 and under with a paying adult. Current Gold Pass holders are also admitted free. Gold Passes will not be sold on site the day of the festival, but may be purchased in advance at CharlestonCountyParks.com. No coolers or outside alcohol permitted. Pets are not permitted to this event. The dog park at James Island County Park will be closed on April 8 in order to host the festival.

The Lowcountry Cajun Festival is presented by CocaCola, Charleston Animal Society and your Charleston County Parks. For more information, call 843.795.4386 or visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.

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