Zydeco tunes coming to downtown riverbank this weekend

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Members of the On Point Band are Austin O’Carroll, Destinee Roberson, Quentin Helaire, James Armstrong and Kenyon Johnson II.

This Friday and Saturday will see the Cane River Zydeco Festival come back to the downtown Natchitoches riverbank for the 20th year!

Hosted during Labor Day Weekend Aug. 30-31, there will be live music, a motorcycle poker run (participants visit checkpoints, draw playing card and try for the best poker hand), zydeco dance competition and numerous food and drink vendors. With Friday’s free admission, attendees will see music by DJ Doc Couty at 6 p.m. and register for the poker run and dance to zydeco music during a contest at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s admission is $8, with poker run registration at 9 a.m. and the ride beginning at 11:30 p.m. Gates open and music from DJ Doc Couty is at 1 p.m., then the On Point Band takes the stage at 3 p.m. and T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers at 7:30 p.m.

Bryan Broussard of T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers

Bryan Broussard of T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers said he’s played at Zydeco events for over 15 years and this will be his first time performing at the Zydeco Festival. Born and raised with music from the Ardoin and Frank family, he said his style is “real upbeat, traditional, funky and well rounded” and is looking forward to the big event this weekend! On Point Band played at the festival last year and said they are looking forward to performing this weekend as well. Their style is a mix of R&B, Southern Blues, Zydeco and Funk.

The Cane River Zydeco Festival began in 1999 by members of the Magnolia State Police Officers Association, Cane River Branch. The Magnolia State Peace Officer’s Association is the statewide organization that started the Toys for Tots program. Proceeds from this event assist in funding various community functions around Natchitoches Parish. (www.natchitoches.com)