(Opelousas, LA) – The City of Opelousas, Zydeco Capital of the World, hosts the 12th Annual Zydeco Breakfast on Saturday, August 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. under the oak trees surrounding the historic St. Landry Parish Courthouse. This year, festival goers and music lovers will experience sounds by Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble.
Curley Taylor is known for his bluesy, soulful vocals and the band's hard driving Zydeco beat which blends to create high-energy dance music for all audiences. Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble tour throughout the US, playing festivals and clubs from New York to San Diego. Over the years Curley has played with many world class musicians including Steve Riley, "L'il" Bob and the Lollipops, and his uncles, "L'il" Buck Senegal and Wayne "Blue" Burns. He also toured with CJ Chenier, son of the "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier, and a Zydeco legend in his own right.
In 2003 Curley launched his own band - Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble -- and has since produced six CDs of original music, making him one of the most prolific composers in Zydeco. His latest CD, “Zydeco Confessions,” came out in 2014.
Early morning risers can warm up with Curobiks. Curobiks is high-energy, fun filled, aerobic zydeco line dancing which will be led by a certified aerobics instructor from 7:30 am to 8:15 a.m. Also, kids can get their exercise and fun on the wavy slide fun jump that will be located nearby!
Also, local downtown businesses will feature a unique assortment of breakfast menu items for sale from Bloody Marys and coffee to Clifton Chenier Casserole and pancakes. Local restaurants and bars around the Courthouse Square include Java Square, Back in Time Restaurant, Palace Café, Dairy Queen and The Brass Rail.
Opelousas Tourism, with assistance from Opelousas Main Street, Inc., hosts the annual downtown event, which is held in conjunction with the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in Plaisance. The Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival celebrates its 32nd year.
According to the official Zydeco Festival’s website, The Treasures of Opelousas, a group of concerned citizens, feared that Zydeco and Creole music were dying; in response, they organized the first festival. With the guidance and sponsorship from the Southern Development Foundation, the first Zydeco Festival in 1982 was started on a farmer’s field in Plaisance on the outskirts of Opelousas, with 400 people attending.
People attending the free Zydeco Breakfast are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment in a relaxed and charming setting in the heart of downtown Opelousas. For more information about the City of Opelousas Zydeco Breakfast, call (337) 948-6263 or visitwww.cityofopelousas.com for more information about the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, visit www.zydeco.org