Guitarist Robby Krieger is one of the legendary figures in rock. This celebration of the music of The Doors, which Robby had no small part in creating, is a one-of-a-kind experience that could only be performed by the man himself. Guitarist Robby Krieger proved to be an integral member of the band — helping pen the majority of the group’s songs. Born on January 8, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA, Krieger was first taken by classical music, before discovering such early rock & roll artists as Elvis Presley via the radio. When surfing proved to be taking Krieger’s mind off of studying during his teenage years, his parents enrolled him in a private school. Each night, students were forced to study in their rooms for a few hours — instead, Krieger used this time to teach himself how to play guitar. First interested in flamenco guitar, Krieger’s playing style soon expanded into folk, jazz, and blues. But it was a Chuck Berry concert that finally convinced Krieger to give rock music a go, which resulted in the guitarist trading his classical guitar in for a Gibson SG, an instrument with which he would eventually become synonymous. The Robby Krieger Band, Celebrating 50 Years of The Doors Music, will be making their first appearance on Saturday, May 27th, at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.
To the casual music fan, The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future “guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul”, “I’m A Man”, and “Over Under Sideways Down”. Led by core members and songwriters Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica), the band’s experimental explorations also provided the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback and distortion. Even their 1968 break-up set the stage for Rock ‘n’ Roll’s future…leading Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds, later re-christened Led Zeppelin.
Reuniting decades later, McCarty and Dreja brought The Yardbirds boldly into the 21st Century with the 2003 release of the acclaimed CD Birdland, which featured guest appearances from the likes of Brian May, Joe Satriani, Slash and Steve Vai. Additionally, the band commemorated their 50th Anniversary with the release of their live DVD Making Tracks in 2013.
In 2015, Jim McCarty debuted the new touring line-up of The Yardbirds, consisting of guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer / harpist / percussionist Myke Scavone, and guitarist / singer John Idan to rave reviews. As Goldmine Magazine stated, “the band’s hallmark of top-notch musicianship remains. There are no passengers in this band.”
The Yardbirds — electrifying, eclectic and way ahead of their time – melded heavy rock, wild jams, and an improvisatory feel, and continue to influence generations of bands. Watch The Yardbirds in action on Saturday, May 27th at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival and experience rock’n’roll history.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger). Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone.)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s first phase of stardom featured an appearance in the 1996 indie film Swingers, a movie that not only launched the careers of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, but introduced Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to an audience beyond their Los Angeles base. The band’s music has appeared in countless films and television shows. The band has also appeared as special guests with many of the country’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, and has performed for three U.S. Presidents.
After 24 years, 10 records, over 2700 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking forward to celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. This will be Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s 2nd appearance at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. They are on the blues stage on Sunday, May 28th.
A new CD will be released during Mitch Ryder’s 2017 European Tour. By the end of 2017 Mitch will have completed a new original musical stage play taken from a novel he has written called Hide Your Love Away. Come and rock with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels when he performs on Sunday, May 28th at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.
Boudreaux’s musical career has spanned nearly a half-century. Though Boudreaux has traveled the world as an ambassador of the Mardi Gras Indian culture, he remains deeply rooted in the traditions of place and family. Today, he focuses his artistic energies on his children and grandchildren, who now form the members of the Golden Eagles. Boudreaux and The Golden Eagles will be performing on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Saturday, May 27th and on the blues stage on Sunday, May 28th.
Dwayne Dopsie first appeared at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in 2014 and he was such a big hit that he was back in 2015 and 2016. At the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in 2017, he’s performing on the Cajun/Zydeco stage both days and on the Blues stage on Saturday, May 27th
Kelly’s Lot will lead off on Saturday, May 27th on the blues stage at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.
Alex’s bout with cancer has helped shape her unique sound filled with messages of love, faith, positivity, and healing while channeling the retro soul artists of the 60’s and 70’s… Which only makes sense as she is currently touring with Salvador Santana, recently toured with Tito Jackson (of Jackson 5 fame), and has opened as a solo artist for such acts as Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, The Rascals, Evelyn “Champagne” King, The Stylistics, and Dave Mason. Most recently she has added multi-platinum selling artist Rachel Platten to that list as well. Her resume already includes 12 albums, countless jingles, and over 25 theatrical productions, as well as working with established musicians such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Alphonse Mouzon, Brandon Fields, and Eric Marienthal.
As the music industry settles for what’s “safe”, Alex will continue to push the boundaries of music making. Her songs are a musical testament of loss and hope, failure and triumph. It is a promise to the listeners that her music will never be anything less than sincere and honest. And most importantly, it’s 100% Alex Nester groove!
Alex will be performing on the blues stage at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival on Sunday, May 28th.
Jo-El was born in Rayne, Louisiana to poor, French speaking sharecroppers. He began to play the accordion at three years of age, first as a toy to occupy Jo-El while his parents visited with neighbors. As he grew, so did his love for the instrument and his ability to play it. Singing only in French, his Cajun heritage was very strong and clear. By the middle 80’s, Jo-El had a Grammy nominated recording to his credit with Cajun Life.
The sounds of his accordion can be heard on the albums of such great legends as Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Robert Cray, Neil Diamond, Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton among others. Jo-El has lent his talent on the accordion to more than 100 Artist records. He continues to maintain a regular schedule as a session player. In 2004, Jo-El recorded a duet with Chris LeDoux, on what would be Chris’s last album. In 2006 he was back in the studio, adding a little Cajun spice to the new CD by “Hot Apple Pie.”
In February 2015 he was awarded the Grammy for The Healing Song which he wrote with his Nashville friends Billy Henderson and AJ Masters and recorded with a veritable who’s who of Cajun and Zydeco music.
There is no doubt…Jo-El Sonnier is “The Real Deal!”
This is Jo-El’s second appearance at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. He will be appearing on both Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
Douglas James Kershaw is a Cajun fiddler, singer, and songwriter who cemented his place in American popular music at the height of the ’60s counter-culture movement with two self-penned hits, “Louisiana Man” and “Diggy Diggy Lo.” Those hits combined with an onstage persona that consisted of one-third fiercely proud Louisiana Cajun, one-third Nashville country-music showmanship, and one-third reflections of Sixties’ style—shoulder-length hair, velvet Edwardian suit jackets, and wildly impassioned, energetic performances—created a recipe for indelibly establishing Kershaw’s image as “The Cajun Hippie.” In reality, Doug Kershaw was much more than that; with brother Rusty, he’d been a popular country artist from the mid-’50s through the mid-’60s, selling more than 18 million records before conquering late-’60s popular music. And while the success of the country duo “Rusty and Doug” accurately reflected a widespread Cajun embrace of post-WWII country music, Kershaw’s solo career as The Cajun Hippie bears no sign of cultural precedence or context—save for the malleability of the Cajun music tradition generally—making the distinctive Cajun musician both an anomaly and a trail-blazer for musical developments in Cajun music that would not fully surface for decades.
This will be Doug Kershaw’s second appearance at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. He will be on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Saturday, May 27th.
Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed plus a special Guest
The Bayou Brothers started in 1995 with a shared love of Cajun and Zydeco music by founder John Chambers, on accordion and keyboards, and Ric Lee, laying down Zydeco and Cajun dance grooves on the drums.
If there is a feature of Zydeco music that sets it apart, it is the relentlessly upbeat, let’s-party vibe, that permeates so much of it. The Bayou Brothers have established themselves locally and internationally since the late 90s during which time they have been honored by the San Diego Music Awards, performed in multiple festivals and recorded 6 CDs. Their latest CD is “High Roller Zydeco.”
The lineup includes Juhn Chambers (accordion, keys, vocals), Ric Lee (drums), Jack Stephens (guitar/vocals), Danny “Basscat” Perez (bass/vocals) and Judy Seid (rubboard/vocals).
The Bayou Brothers are performing on the Cajun-Zydeco stage on Sunday, May 28th at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. They will also be backing up Lazy Lester on the Blues stage on Saturday, May 27th.