Here are just a few reasons why we would love to have you cover this unique, dynamic Festival:
• Going on TWENTY-EIGHT successful years of bringing free spirited, rootsy music to the Ventura and LA County areas
• TWO BIG STAGES: one for Cajun, one for Blues – together providing non-stop music from 12:00 noon until 7:30pm both days. The Cajun Stage has been named the Stephen D. Smith Memorial Cajun and Zydeco Stage.
• TWO dance floors this year – largest outdoor wood dance floor west of the Mississippi – the West Coast Swing dancers are big supporters, come watch them swing the light fantastic
• Not one, not two, but three amazing, iconic bands to experience on the Blues Stage: THE YARDBIRDS (Saturday, May 27th) MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS (Sunday, May 28th) and ROBBY KRIEGER BAND (Saturday, May 27th)!!
• America’s Hottest Accordion winner, Dwayne Dopsie (pronounced “Doopsy”) Rubin performs his energy-charged style of zydeco three times during the weekend! Along with his Zydeco Hellraisers, twice on Saturday, once on the Cajun/Zydeco Stage and then closing out the Blues Stage, returning Sunday to top off the Cajun/Zydeco Stage – come see extraordinary technique, flash and passion as you’ve never seen before
• Opportunity to see Barbara Morrison (having performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Etta James, Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra) up close and personal
• Doug Kershaw. Yes, I said Doug Kershaw, aka “The Ragin’ Cajun.” Doug will be closing out the Stephen D. Smith Memorial Cajun and Zydeco Stage on Sunday, May 28th, with his partner-in-crime Steve Riley.
• Guess the band: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page all spent time in what band? Why, The Yardbirds, of course – check out The Yardbirds on Saturday at the Blues Stage. ** If you wanted to hear “Devil With a Blue Dress,” “Jenny Take a Ride”, “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “C.C. Rider” performed in the way you love and remember, what band would you need? I would say Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels! Good thing we have that very band for you on Sunday at the Blues Stage. ** Do I really have to do Robby Krieger – isn’t it just enough it’s Robby Krieger? Okay, okay…THE DOORS, people. The Robby Krieger Band will celebrate 50 years of the Doors music at the SVC&BF on Saturday. It’s MORE star-power this year, folks!
• The Blues Stage welcomes back Bubba Jackson of K-JAZZ Long Beach as the Master of Ceremonies
• Cajun & Zydeco dance lessons will be given during breaks by instructor AJ Gibbs – check it out: https://www.youtube.com/
• Each day delight in a Mardi Gras style parade, complete with stilt walkers and marching bands – all are invited to join the fun – kicking off at 4:00pm
• Dozens of food booths including authentic Cajun food creations and Southern BBQ
• More than 100 specialty craft booths scattered throughout the Festival grounds
• The Festival is manned by volunteers, about 500 of them, including at least two actual rocket scientists, a chief of police, two ministers, two high school principals, several retired policemen, dentists, doctors and Waldo – see if you can find him!
• 100% of the profits go to local, regional, national and international charities (locally, the Festival supports over 30 charities – check it out: http://www.simicajun.org/
• Active members of the military are welcomed to the Festival at no charge – just show ID at the Box Office
• Note: the only discount single day tickets ($25) are available on the website as are the $45.00 two-day passes – these special tickets cannot be purchased at the event. Gate single day tickets are $30. Children 12 and younger are free. New this year are a limited number of SuperTicket passes: $124 for a single day or $199 for both days provides you with a reserved seat, in the shade, directly in front of the Blues Stage as well as private bar access (and two complimentary drinks) plus other exclusive backstage experiences.
Take a look at some of the stellar artists and unforgettable moments of last year’s
2016 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival: