Cajun Fest @ Kampfires Campground!
August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm$10 – $20
Louisiana and Vermont are colliding to bring you the second annual Cajun Fest in THE PIT @ Kampfires Campground! A day of Cajun food (including a crawfish boil), local beer, and killer live music on August 3rd from 1:00pm-8:00pm, right here in Dummerston, VT!
We have three awesome bands performing in our all natural amphitheater in THE PIT, where you can eat, drink, dance, and play some awesome outdoor games such as giant beer pong, cornhole, horseshoes and more! Cajun food and Whetstone beer (as well as wine and cider) will be served from the Rollin’ ‘Stone Food Truck, so come hungry!
General Admission: $10
Full Day Access, Free Parking
Same as General Admission + a Private VIP Port-o-Potty, Shaded Tables Near the Stage, and Access to Special Whetstone Beer!
TICKET LINK: cajunfest.brownpapertickets.com
Our three featured bands are…
Jesse Lége: Jesse Lége is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana. Beginning with Cajun accordion at age 16, Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music for over 40 years with a variety of bands in various Louisiana dancehalls.
Jesse has garnered numerous Cajun French Music Association awards, known as the “Cajun Grammys”: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and for “Memoires Dans Mon Coeur,” Song of the Year. In 1998 Jesse Lege was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame,and into the CFMA Official Hall of Fame in 2013 in Eunice,La.
Planet Zydeco: Planet Zydeco is an exciting New England-based zydeco band that captures the essence of traditional rural-style accordion-driven dance music as it is played in clubs and dance halls in southwest Louisiana today. Bandmembers hail from the tri-state area of southern Vermont, western Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
The Planet’s funky syncopated sound includes Rose Sinclair on accordion, Peter Pettengill and Nick Keil on twin electric guitars and harmony vocals, Alan Bradbury on bass, Paul McTaggart on drums, and Suzanne Wozniak on rubboard. The rubboard, or frottoir, as it is known in Louisiana, is made of corrugated metal, worn like a vest and played with spoons or bottle openers, and is a rhythmic trademark of the zydeco sound. The band plays a popular mix of up-tempo songs, as well as slower blues-inspired numbers and traditional waltzes for enthusiastic audiences throughout the Northeast.
Bayou X: From Langdon NH & Brattleboro VT, Bayou X is southern VT/NH area’s signature high energy Cajun/Creole dance band, performing both original and traditional Cajun & Zydeco dance music of southwest Louisiana, as well as original and traditional music derived from the global Creole diaspora, including New Orleans R&B, popular and folkloric tunes from Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe & St Lucia, Trinidadian calypso, West African Hi-Life, Congolese Rhumba, and an ever evolving variety of Southern roots music genres.
Bayou X is led by New Orleans native, Peter Simoneaux on fiddle and vocals, with spouse & partner Linda Simoneaux on various accordions, fiddle and vocals. Other core members of the band as of 2019, include Lucas Houk on electric bass, electric guitar and keys, Bob Everingham on electric bass and electric and acoustic guitars, and Ben Carr on drums and percussion, as well as an ever evolving list of area collaborators on percussion, brass and reed instruments.