(As seen in September edition of FOCUS, a monthly publication of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce.)
As I begin to write my final pre-festival update, I seriously reflect on the months leading up to now—these last few important weeks prior to Best of the Bayou. Where has the time gone?! A cliché, yes; however, so true! When I officially began working on this grand new festival several months ago, I knew there were going to be challenges. Well, Father Time has proved to be one of the biggest obstacles. And now that we have survived (and were mostly spared by) Hurricane Isaac, we hope Mother Nature is kind and pray for quiet skies in the coming weeks!
I hope by now everyone or almost everyone has seen or at least heard about our impressive schedule of bands, which includes headliners GIVERS, Marc Broussard, Cowboy Mouth, and Ruthie Foster. As previously released, the full lineup includes 24 bands from the Bayou, Acadiana and New Orleans regions, as well as Texas. Miss Foster, an award-winning blues singer/songwriter and Grammy nominee, and The Gourds, an offbeat country group, come by way of the Austin area. The two stages, called Boudin Bayou and Gulf Groove, will each host about a dozen bands over the course of two days and will face each other at opposing ends of the festival grounds – about a quarter of a mile apart. Musical genres range from traditional Cajun and blues to rock and funk, as well as a fusion of musical influences from many of the bands. We hope that you are as excited as we are about the AWESOME lineup we have in store!
While I must say the bands are enticing enough, the festival would not be complete without our fantastic food offerings. We are proud to say that among our dozen or so vendors, folks will enjoy a variety of Cajun specialties, like charbroiled oysters, shrimp po-boys, jambalaya and gumbo, grits and grillades, and traditional festival fare like burgers, hot dogs, nachos, even barbeque, like rib racks and pulled pork. Some vendors will also supply just what you need to satisfy that sweet tooth and cool you off on what we expect to be a hot early fall day in South Louisiana. Hungry yet?!
As a brief reminder, the festival site will start at the Gulf Groove Stage near Grinage Street. The food court will surround the Courthouse Square on Church and Goode Streets, while the festival marketplace will be situated in paved lots near Belanger and Roussell Streets. The Boudin Bayou Stage will flank the festival on the opposite end near Barrow Street. Also, another important note to remember: Main Street will shut down to through-traffic beginning Friday, Sept. 28th at 6pm for set-up and festival preparations. Downtown Live After Five is also cancelled that evening due to the necessary preparations.
More details about the festival will be posted on our website and Facebook and through regional media leading up to the fest at the end of this month! If you are interested in volunteering at the festival or have general questions about the event, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us spread the word about Houma’s newest festival! And of course, we hope to see you there on September 29th and 30th!