Bayou Flavor in Worcester

The Cream of the Louisiana Music Crop, along with great local music talent, is landing in Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 22-24, 2012.  This is the 5th Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz n’ Blues Festival.

It promises to be a weekend full of Louisiana gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, oysters & music, and it is taking place right  in the heartland of Massachusetts!

Hosting the Festival as special emcee guest is WZLX 100.7FM DJ, Carter Alan.  He will be doing the honors on Saturday, June 23rd, along with WCUW 91.3FM DJ, Marty Ayotte.

Over the three days enough artists with Cajun roots will be appearing that you will think you have been transported to the Bayou.  Some of the big names include Tab Benoit, Mem Shannon & The Membership, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Anders Osborne Band, and Royal Southern Brotherhood with Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Mike Zito.

Shaka & The Soul Shakers now in Connecticut but with Louisiana experience will also be playing.  The list goes on to include The Roadkill Orchestra, Sonny Landreth, Eric Lindell, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band, Billy Iuso & Restless Natives, Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours, and The Soul of a Man.

For more information and to purchase discounted pre-festival tickets, please see

The Mission of Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival is to provide quality New Orleans & Louisiana jazz, blues, country, funk and zydeco music and food within an urban setting. It is referred to as “New Orleans and Louisiana at the street curb on a stick.”

The Festival first took place in 2008, at the current site behind John & Son’s II, aka John & Son’s Urban Fairgrounds.

 Its genesis is a direct result of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival which takes place every year during the last week in April and first week of May in New Orleans and a couple of city guys looking for something to do one weekend.

In 2008, they started small with just two bands – The Chris Fitz Band and the Hurricane Horns.  In 2009, the music line-up was expanded to include 5 bands, including a return of The Chris Fitz Band and The Hurricane Horns withSpecial Guest Craig Rawring of the Delta Generators.  Added to the show were River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, Henri Smith Friends & Flavours, and LisaMarie & All Shook Up.

The 2010 Line-up consisted of Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir, Hurricane Horns who returned for the third year and only band to play all three festivals, a returning Lisa Marie & All Shook Up as well as Henri Smith New Orleans Friends and Flavours w/ special guest Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers fame.  New in 2010 were the Love Dogs, The Roadkill Orchestra, The Delta Generators, Holmes “Keep It Funky” and all the way from New Orleans, Anders Osborne.

Last year, 2011, was a break out year for for the Festival.  Fourteen hundred attended the festival over two days and this was directly attributed to the quality of music presented to festival goers.  Fans got to see Tab Benoit, Eric Lindell Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mem Shannon & The Membership, Johnny Sansone, Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours with Amadee Castenell and Charles Neville, The Roadkill Orchestra, The Hurricane Horns and the return of the Anders Osborne Band with special guest Billy Iuso

Now as show the Festival continues to grow by adding quality entertainment.  The acts are eager to return.  A little taste of la bon temps in Worcester.

John & Son’s Urban Fairgrounds is located at 323 Chandler Street in Worcester.

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

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