"Experience the Music"
Louisiana is the birthplace of Blues, Jazz, Dixieland, Rhythm & Blues, New Orleans Bounce, Rock & Roll, Cajun, Swamp Pop, Zydeco and more. Louisiana's musical heritage and history are second to none, beginning with Congo Square where it all started over 300 years ago.
Jazz and New Orleans Brass Bands
Jazz music originated in New Orleans. Many don’t know that Brass Bands created the sound of Jazz that then formed the sound of R&B. Defining the sound of early Jazz is summed up by the sounds of Louie Armstrong, and the New Orleans Brass Band sound is defined by groups such as the Soul Rebels but that’s not all Louisiana is known for musically.
Dixie Land Brass Bands
Dixieland, sometimes referred to as hot jazz or traditional jazz, is a style of jazz based on the music that developed in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century. The first use of the term "Dixieland" with reference to music was in the name of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, whose 1917 recordings fostered popular awareness of the new style of music. At that time, there was no issue of subgenres of jazz, so "Dixieland" referred to the band and not the music.
Zydeco is the music of French Speaking African Americans of South Louisiana. This music is mainly accordion based and usually, includes the sound of a scrub board to keep the rhythm. Although Zydeco is played all through Louisiana you mainly hear it in Southwest Lousiana and Texas.
Swamp Pop is another Louisiana original, and it’s mainly heard in places like Baton Rouge, Gonzalez, and Hammond. This music usually focuses on Louisiana Life and has the honky-tonk pianos, undulating bass lines and bellowing horn sections.
New Orleans Bounce Music
New Orleans Bounce, which can be summed up in one word “Twerk”. New Orleans bounce often uses the “Triggerman Beat” and usually has “call and response” style chants.
The Taste of Louisiana Festival is proud to bring you the sounds of some of the greatest bands out of Louisiana.
Keith Frank and The Soileau Zydeco Band, Dj. Jubilee,Brian Jack and The Zydeco Gamblers, Cajun Radio Artist of the year Horace Trahan and The Ossun Express, Damon Troy and The Final Five, Brandon Ledet and The Creole Touch, The Brass-a-holics, Bryan Fontenot and Outlaw INC. ,Ruben Moreno, Bluesiana Red, Kickin Brass Band, Bayou City Brass Band and Hustlers Brass Band.