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24th Annual AT&T
Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival
Town Point Park Sizzles with Authentic Cajun Food,
National Talent and One-of-a-Kind Visual Artists
Norfolk's annual "second line" with New Orleans' special spirit and unique culture takes place Thursday, June 20 - Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk, Virginia waterfront. The 24th Annual AT&T Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun style.
From New Orleans to Norfolk, two stages featuring national recording artists provide musical entertainment for the weekend. Traditional favorites like Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, North Mississippi Allstars, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings are sure to get your feet stomping throughout the weekend.
Nothing says New Orleans like the uniquely delicious delicacies and distinctive flavor of Cajun & Creole cuisine! Norfolk Festevents is bringing nationally known chefs straight from New Orleans to Norfolk to serve up the heart and soul of Louisiana food - dish by dish. Festival guests are in for a real treat as they find more than 5,000 pounds of live crawfish straight from Louisiana boiled up with corn and potatoes throughout the weekend, as well as jambalaya, seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, Po' Boy sandwiches, alligator, muffuletta, andouille sausage, and beignets. There will also be Chef inspired dishes on site for Bayou guests to indulge in, such as Ms. Linda's famous Ya-Ka-Mein, Chef Woody's fish tacos and Jacques-Imo's shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake.
The Arts Market of New Orleans makes the trek to Norfolk for its eighth year and features 24 of the top artists from the Louisiana artist community. Boogalooers will have the chance to meet the artists who will be onsite selling their art and sharing their stories. This is a great opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind artwork that represents the essence of New Orleans. What better way to learn about that amazing city than to talk with and support her residents. Take your own little trip to New Orleans without leaving Virginia and laissez les bons temps rouler!
Main Stage - Concert Field
Friday, June 21
6:30-7:30 pm Eric Lindell & the Sunliners with Funderburgh: http://www.ericlindell.com/fr_home.cfm
8:30-10:00 pm North Mississippi Allstars: http://www.nmallstars.com/
Saturday, June 22
3:45-5:00 pm New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings
6:00-7:15 pm Rebirth Brass Band
8:30-10:00 pm Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sunday, June 23
12:30-1:30 pm Rebirth Brass Band
2:15-3:30 pm Anders Osborne
4:30-6:00 pm Marc Broussard
Missing Kidney Stage - Missing Kidney Bar, Festival Field
Thursday, June 20 (Bayou Ball, free kickoff party and artist reception)
6:15pm & 8:00pm Papa Grows Funk
Friday, June 21
5:30-6:30 pm Nathan & Zydeco Cha Cha's
7:30-8:30 pm New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings
Saturday, June 22
12:30-1:45 pm Nathan & Zydeco Cha Cha's
2:15-3:45 pm Tuba Skinny
5:00-6:00 pm Amanda Shaw
7:15-8:30 pm Mike Zito & The Wheel
Sunday, June 23
1:30-2:30 pm Mike Zito & The Wheel
3:30-4:30 pm Terrance Simien
NEW! Russ Peak the Hypnotist
Be ready to see Boogaloo guests turn into their favorite celebrities, meet visitors from different worlds, forget their names, lose their belly buttons, travel back to their childhood, become firemen and savage barbarians, join the Russian ballet, and take part in the most captivating and hilarious hypnotic experiments ever performed!! As for the rest of the audience, watching it all happen is incredibly fun and simply mind-boggling! Every performance is packed with laughs, full of audience participation, and always 100% clean and appropriate for every audience! http://www.hypnotizeme.com/index.html
Fly by Night
Stephen King and Ryan Dekoe make a hilarious and odd pair! Together they gave been performing and perfecting their unique brand of comedy since 1990. Their classic vaudevillian style, outragous sideshow antics, and contemporary humor never fail to win the hearts of even the most hard-to-please audience. http://www.jugglethis.com/Home.html
Family Fun on the Bayou...
There is something for everyone at the Bayou Boogaloo. Children and parents alike will be able to participate in interactive family activities on land and on the water. Enjoy a stroll through Town Point Park where the Jackson Square-style area of Town Point Park boasts free caricature artist sketches, hat making and so much more. The New Orleans culture comes alive for the entire family to enjoy!
Hot Pepper Eating Contests
Think you have what it takes to chow down Cajun style? We've got just the thing for you! The Pepper Lovers Club is back this year to host the always popular Hot Pepper eating contest. See who can handle the spiciest peppers around. Sign up on site at the Pepper Lovers Club booth and, while you are there, learn about the different varieties of peppers and find out all the great things this Club does in Hampton Roads! Come hungry and leave stuffed with two of Louisiana's favorite foods!! www.pepperloversclub.com
Festival friend & caricature artist, Bob Langston, will be animating guests' portraits along "Jackson Square", inside the festival grounds, all weekend long. Bob was born and raised right here in Norfolk, Virginia and specializes in caricature, mural, beach, and illustration paintings. His experience in the arts has covered a huge variety ranging from film animation to t-shirt design. In addition, Bob has taught several art classes such as drawing, graphic design, and animation at Regent University. Come out and enjoy a complimentary caricature drawing from this well-renowned and distinctive artist!
The Carrie B
See for yourself why Bayou Boogaloo guests call the Carrie B Boat Cruise one of the best ways to soak in the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Bayou guests can experience the spectacular city skylines and breathtaking sights of local waters, all from a unique vantage point onboard a 19th century replica of a Mississippi Paddle Wheeler. The Carrie B will be onsite at select times throughout the Bayou Boogaloo. The Carrie B will provide short cruise excursions or give you just a place to hang out and have a drink on the river. The Carrie B will be docked at Mercury Landing in Town Point Park. http://www.carrieb.com
Norfolk's annual "second line" with New Orleans' unique culture spices it up this year with the addition of multiple New Orleans chefs that are sure to bring that special spirit to life in Town Point Park. They have been featured on such television shows as Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations", Food Networks highly competitive cooking competition "Chopped", "Food Paradise" and "The Best Thing I Ever Ate". All have been featured at the highly coveted New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans!
Cooking up their famous cajun & creole cuisines are....
• Ms. Linda, The Ya-ka-Mein Lady: Winner of Food Network's Chopped: Pride of New Orleans contest and featured on Anthony Bourdain's Food Network show No Reservations, Linda Green reputedly has the best Ya-Ka-Mein in the United States and is known throughout New Orleans as the "Yakamein Lady." WHAT IS YAKAMEIN? Ya-ka-Mein is a New Orleans dish made from a combination of meat, eggs, green onions and noodles in a spicy, salty broth with an Asian twist by the addition of soy sauce. Black Korean soldiers made Ya-ka-mein in Korea, using the soup to sober up after a fierce day of fighting and drinking. They brought the dish to the states, where it has been a tradition ever since. It was typically served in African-American bars, Second Lines and festivals, referred to as "Old Sober", reflecting its power to alleviate the pain of hangovers. For the past twenty years, she has sold her Ya-Ka-Mein along Second Line routes, along with running Ms. Linda's Catering, which specializes in New Orleans Soul Food cuisine for all size events. Ms. Linda has served up her delicious food at festivals and events such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Essence Festival and the Crescent City Farmer's Market. These experiences have shaped her as an entrepreneur and brought her notoriety amongst New Orleans' natives and famous entertainers. http://neworleanssoulfood.com/
• Chef Curtis Moore: Praline Connection: Chef Curtis began as a home delivery service targeting career women who were too busy to prepare home cooked meals for their families. Cecil and Curtis opened their first location on Frenchman Street in 1990 and the rest has been culinary history. The Praline Connection serves "down-home" cajun-creole style soul food at affordable prices and features three generations of "Pure-D-Goodness". Their New Orleans Pralines are handmade daily in the old fashioned, spoon dripped method, using only the finest ingredients. Their most recent addition to the family is The Praline Connection Candy Shop, Gift Store and Foodcourt at the New Orleans International Airport. Chef Curtis has been featured in Food Network's "Food Paradise: Meatloaf Paradise" - Meatloaf with a Cajun twist, was a food vendor at the 30th Annual French Quarter Festival and has been a food vendor at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. http://www.pralineconnection.com/
• Chef Woody Ruiz : Woody, his omnipresent dog Bug and his tent and grills for Woody's Fish Tacos are all familiar sights at neighborhood festivals and outdoor markets around New Orleans. Originally from the Northeast, Ruiz has lived in New Orleans for 15 years. Before becoming a food vendor, he worked as an oyster shucker at private events. You can find Woody's Fish Tacos at the monthly Arts Market in Palmer Park, the Freret Market and at the Tuesday edition of the Crescent City Farmers Market through the end of October. Woody was a finalist in the 2013 New Orleans Vendy Awards and has been featured at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
• Chris "Shaggy" Davis": Considered royalty of the seafood boil, New Orleans Crawfish King Chris "Shaggy" Davis of Boil Inc., is a master of his trade, creating an experience rich in the rugged, native tradition of the New Orleans crawfish boil, while at the same time, delivering the finest South Louisiana on or off-site catered affair appropriate for every occasion. For nearly 20 years, he has culled his seafood directly from the docks so that every item is literally fresh off of the boat. Each June he ends crawfish season by catering a backstage boil for musicians and crew at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee. Shaggy has also been a featured vendor at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. http://www.nolacrawfishking.com/
• Jacques-Imo's Restaurant: In 1990, Jacques Leonardi started working at minimum wage for Chef Paul Prudhomme of K-Paul's Lousiana Kitchen while continuing his tenure as a Coast Guard officer. It was at K-Paul's where he learned the basics of "Nawlins" style cooking and laid the groundwork for his own dream: Jacques-Imo's Cafe. In 1996, Jacques and his wife Amelia purchased a building at 8324 Oak Street in the Riverbend/Carrollton area of Uptown New Orleans. With a little help from the legendary Chef Austin Leslie (formerly of Chez Helene), a little creativity with the food dishes, and a lot of hard work, they now operate one of New Orleans most popular restaurants. Locals and tourists wait up to two hours nightly for a table. The reservation book (for parties of five or more) fills up weeks in advance, and Jacques strolls around his domain talking animatedly to guests and sharing his generosity with both food and drink. In a town that celebrates almost anything, no greater celebration is held than the tribute to Creole/Soul food and warm Southern Hospitality than the staff at Jacques-Imo's Cafe provides on a daily basis. http://jacques-imos.com/
" We are very excited to be making the trip up to Norfolk for what we hope will become an annual excursion to share the authentic tastes of New Orleans with the fine folks of the Hampton Roads community" Chef Woody Ruiz stated. Chef Woody made his first appearance at last year's Bayou Boogaloo and will be returning the Norfolk area for a second time this year to continue to provide the guests of the Bayou Boogaloo a one-of-a kind food experience Cajun style!
NEW! Totally N'awlins Grocery Market
You don't have to be in New Orleans to taste N'awlins! Craving foods and seasonings that you can only get in Louisiana? Look no further than Totally N'awlins Grocery Market, selling products on site all weekend long! Stock up on products such as Zapp's Potato Chips, CDM Coffee, Slap Ya Mamma & Punch Ya Daddy Seasonings, Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix and so much more!
One of the main reasons for starting Totally N'awlins in 1990 was to spread the unique favors of Louisiana across the country and world. The unique flavors of south Louisiana are unlike any most people have ever had before. From spices and seasonings to chicory coffee and crab boil, Totally N'awlins will be here to help you find the right taste! Owners Kyle and Sarah Beerbohm were both raised in south Louisiana. Sarah was raised in Folsom, LA about an hour north of New Orleans in beautiful St. Tammany Parish on the north side of Lake Ponchaintrain, while Kyle was raised in Terrytown, LA just 5 minutes from downtown New Orleans. For all of you LSU baseball fans out there, Kyle was a member of the 2009 national championship team. http://www.totallynawlins.com
NEW! Louisiana Cookin' Magazine Cooking Demonstrations:
Curious to see what gets the Chefs all fired up? Our on- site cooking demonstrations will get mouths watering as our Chefs prepare their blends of Cajun & Creole cuisine that are sure to pack a punch. See what goes into their special dishes and take home their techniques so the New Orleans style comes alive in your kitchen.
Louisiana Cookin' is a proud sponsor of the Cooking Demo Stage and will have magazine copies available free to guests. Louisiana Cookin' is the only national magazine for the connoisseur of Louisiana's unique culture, cuisine, and travel destinations. Published six times a year, each issue contains more than 50 authentic recipes, with tips from professional chefs and home cooks alike. http://www.louisianacookin.com/
The Bayou Boogaloo would not be complete without the talent, unique artistry and culture found at the Arts Market of New Orleans! For the eighth consecutive year, the Arts Council of New Orleans and Norfolk Festevents hand-pick the most unique and one-of-a-kind artists from Louisiana to share their stories, culture and craft. This year, 24 artists in various mediums including art, jewelry and sculpture will be on site selling and displaying their works. http://artscouncilofneworleans.org
- Chris Menconi ceramics www.chrismenconi.com
- Kevin Murphy ceramics http://www.ikebanacreativeintentions.com/
- Chris Kirsch folk art www.neworleansfolkart.com
- Shirley Wilfred hats firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bonnie Miller jewelry http://www.bonniemiller.etsy.com/
- Chester Allen jewelry www.chesterallen.net
- Forrest Bacigalupi jewelry www.artskinetic.com
- Georgette Fortino jewelry www.designsbygeorgette.com
- Jan Bennett jewelry http://www.sunlyonstudio.com/
- Maria Fomich jewelry http://www.adornandconquer.com/
- Katie Gruntz jewelry
- Sarah D. Greer sheet metal http://www.sixfingersoulart.com/
- Trish Ransom found object art www.debrisart.com
- Tess Turner mixed media
- Rhonda Corley painting www.rhondacorley.com
- Ken Nahan painting http://www.nahanfineart.com/
- Mario Padilla painting http://www.mariopadilla.com/
- Michael Guidry painting http://www.michaelguidrystudio.com/
- Bryan Benoit painting/prints http://benoitgallery.com/
- Darrin Butler paint/ wood http://www.colorsinwood.com/
- Brian Miller photo www.briankmiller.com
- Caren Nowak photo http://rhinocrafts.com/artists/caren-nowak
- Mike Remy photo
- Odie Tucker watercolor http://www.oktwatercolor.com/1801.html
The 8th Annual AT&T Bayou Ball opens one hour earlier and will be held on Thursday, June 20 from 7pm-10pm at the Missing Kidney Bar in Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk, Virginia Waterfront. Inspired by Arts Council of New Orleans, the intimate evening provides a glimpse of the authentic New Orleans art and music that will be featured at the 24th Annual AT&T Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival. The 8th Annual AT&T Bayou Ball is FREE and open to the public and, as an added bonus, Bayou Ball guests will receive one free ticket to the Boogaloo that weekend! Bayou Ball guests are sure to get their hands clapping and two-step going to the music of Papa Grows Funk as their funky unique New Orleans sound resonate throughout the night's events. Be the first to see the artistic talents of New Orleans' finest artisans. Come prepared to bid on exclusive items donated by the artists at the silent auction. Authentic food and drinks are available for purchase. All bar proceeds and silent auction bids are donated to the Arts Council of New Orleans. The event name, Bayou Ball, is fancy but dress is festival casual.
"The Bayou Boogaloo is probably our favorite event of the year. The Arts Council is honored and humbled that so many citizens of Hampton Roads share our love for the culture of Louisiana. We're bringing 24 top artists from the Gulf Coast to show their artwork, and join in the fun, and all of these artists are donating a piece of their artwork for the Bayou Ball fundraiser Thursday night. Proceeds benefit the Arts Council, and play a huge role in the continued rebuilding of Louisiana's culture." Gene Meneray, Director, Arts Business Program, Arts Council of New Orleans.
2013 Commemorative Poster Artist, Michael Guidry
Michael Guidry is an artist in New Orleans. The bulk of his work is a culmination of simple studies he does of specimina he collect from his surroundings. Michael arranges these things on the canvas to create and break visual tension in a way that keeps his compositions alive and breathing.
His paintings are produced using methods both modern and ancient, lending them a sense of both the new and the familiar. The work is created on a variety of supports including a combination of burlap, linen, cotton canvas, metal and wood, using oil as well as home made encaustic paints. Michael prefers to make his studies and paintings in the studio environment working from life.
Michael enjoys his artistic process most while working on his Louisiana nature series, as he is able to get away from the city and pass some time gathering inspiration and dragging it back to his studio for further study. This ritual often finds him in the bayous and lakes around Louisiana keeping one eye out for subjects to paint and the other eye on his fishing line.
"I rejoice in the physical act of painting. Turning raw materials into works of art. Building a substantial canvas, laying down the paint and breathing in the volatile fumes of my dreams coming to life. It is these things that I celebrate every day. As an artist. As a painter of things."
POSTER INFORMATION: The posters will be available on site at the Bayou Boogaloo for for $15. Michael will be on site to sign the poster during the event.
What: 8th Annual AT&T Bayou Ball in partnership with Arts Council of New Orleans
24th Annual AT&T Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival
When: Thursday June 20; Friday, June 21 - Sunday June 23, 2013
Times: Thursday 7pm-10pm (Bayou Ball, Free Admission!);
Friday noon-4pm (Sneak Peek Lunch, Free Admission!) and 5pm-10pm (Ticket Required)
Saturday, noon-10pm (Ticket Required)
Sunday, noon-6pm (Ticket Required)
Where: Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
Admission: Bayou Ball is FREE! Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival - $10 admission per day. Save $10 with advance purchase of a three-day festival pass. Boater packages are available by calling 757-441-2345. All tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.festevents.org or by calling 757-441-2345.
Special Note: Lawn Chairs and blankets are welcome. Coolers, food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. No alcohol or glass is permitted; food and alcohol will be available for purchase during the festival.
For more information about the entire weekend's events, please visit www.festevents.org or call 757-441-2345. The 24th Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival is produced by Norfolk Festevents in partnership with Port of Virginia and presented by AT&T and the City of Norfolk. Sponsored by Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram/ Fiat, CFE Equipment Corporation, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Budweiser, Abita Brewing Company, Spirit of Norfolk, Carrie B and WVEC TV 13.
Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing premier concerts, festivals, ship visits and special events and city celebrations for residents and guests of Hampton Roads. Celebrating its 31st season, Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its outstanding quality programming. Norfolk Festevents is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.
Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City's official arts agency. Now in its 38th year, the Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent for Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services. The Arts Council provides Cultural Planning, Advocacy, Public Art, Economic Development, Arts Education, Marketing, and Grant and Service Initiatives focused on its vision of New Orleans as a flourishing international center for arts and culture. http://artscouncilofneworleans.org