Sausalito will again be alive with Creole music, culture, food, and dancing. The Creole United Festival, featuring music, culture, food and dancing, will be held at Dunphy Park in Sausalito Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Oct. 17.
Grammy nominated Andre Thierry, a virtuoso on all the accordion types, will deliver an energetic show with a blend that is his own Alternative Creole sound.
Performances will also showcase:
Yoshi-take Nakabayashi, traveling from Tokyo, Japan, to make his first-ever appearance in a California, stage set for international Zydeco; and
Nathan Plumbar, Creole roots and music from Southwest Louisiana, bringing traditional Zydeco with a twist of today’s Creole music.
Opening performance starts the day with K.I. Nicholas, a solo guitarist and singer bringing his Caribbean Fusion, sharing music styles, including Reggae, Soca and Folk.
A special youth performances will feature Performing Stars of Marin, “Zydeco for Kids” music project with artist Andre Thierry.
Food selections will feature the “Taste The South.”
This will be a opportunity to sample gourmet foods by Heart Healthy International, Chef Joe Durio, Louisiana Chef of the Year and recipient of the 2014 Unsung Hero Award, Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine and Ms. Pearl’s Louisiana Bread Pudding.
Other vendors will sell an assortment of California, Louisiana and Caribbean favorites: award winning gumbo, jambalaya, alligator, red beans & rice, a variety of mouth- watering BBQ and seafoods such as crawfish boil, fried fish, raw and grilled oysters, shrimp, homestyle southern deserts, cold beer, wine, and other beverages.
“Creole United Festival Gives” recognizes that pathways and life experiences can be made for students and graduates of music, digital, film, sound and culinary arts, so they can achieve their educational and professional goals.
The Festival has selected Performing Stars of Marin as the beneficiary. Donation proceeds help support the music program and “Zydeco for Kids,” music project in Marin City.
The program combines traditional and newly composed music, exploring the Creole culture and the music of Southwest Louisiana.
“The music projects and Festival helps the youth, giving them a sense of history about the French Creole culture. They get to experience new music, the program gives them something to do outside of school and keeps them out of trouble,” said Thierry.