Annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball

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Country and Region United StatesRhode Island
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Festival Contact Information

Lagniappe Productions
51 White Oak Ct.
Wakefield, RI 02879 USA
Phone: +01 401-783-3926

Festival Description

The annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year with an extended lineup of four bands and an earlier start time of 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 02905. One of the only authentic Mardi Gras celebrations in New England, the event will run until midnight and features a costume contest with prizes in a variety of categories including best group, best couple and best individual and a grand cash prize for best overall costume.

Cajun and Creole food served up by Russell Morin Catering will be available. Like a classic New Orleans bistro, the menu will include Shrimp Etouffe over Rice, Creole Style Chicken & Jambalaya, Caesar Salad with New Orleans Fried Shrimp and Homemade Cornbread, Pecan Bourbon Pie, gourmet coffee and assorted teas. The Rhodes provides a cash bar.

Festival Dates February 23, 2012
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2012:
  • CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
    • The band is in the running for a Grammy for their new CD, “Can’t Sit Down,” the perfect title to describe their rockin’ funky brand of zydeco. CJ has been described as “attacking the accordion with the tension and drive of James Brown…creating contemporary turbo charged dance music.”
  • Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
    • They are a Grammy nominated for their latest release, “Grand Isle.” A staple at the Rhythm & Roots Festival, they keep the dance floor filled with their pumpin’ hybrid of Zydeco, Cajun, and swamp pop. See below for fundraiser information for Mamou Playboys drummer, Kevin Dugas.
  • Pine Leaf Boys
    • The four-time Grammy nominated band are known for their wild shows have breathed new life into Cajun music with their rock influences and were described by the New York Times as “…the best new, energetic and fun Cajun band in a very long time.” They have toured the world bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole and Zydeco.
  • Preston Frank, Ed Poullard & the Big Daddy Zydeco Band
    • The band has been playing festivals around the country to delighted crowds. This will be their first appearance at the Mardi Gras Ball. Fundraiser for Mamou Playboys Drummer Kevin Dugas
Fundraiser for Mamou Playboys Drummer Kevin Dugas:
  • Kevin Dugas, the long time drummer for Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys was sidelined in the fall with a serious injury to his hand, almost severing a finger by cutting through the bone and ligaments of his left hand. With the surgery behind him, Kevin went through a long and painful recovery and rehabilitation. With no means of livelihood for a while and no medical insurance, Kevin’s medical expenses have piled up as well as his lack of funds to provide for his wife and children.
  • Lagniappe Productions has organized a FRIENDS OF KEVIN DUGAS KREWE to raise much needed funds for Kevin and his family. The krewe will run up until the night of the Mardi Gras Ball and throughout the evening. At that time the krewe will be disbanded and T-shirts will be given to those donating $25 or more as well as opportunities to win tickets to several area festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Rhythm & Roots, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY, Mike Arnone’s Crawfish Festival in Augusta, NJ, and Bayou & Boogie Fest in Rehoboth, MA. Money may be donated the night of the ball or checks may be sent to Lagniappe Productions, 51 White Oak Ct, Wakefield, RI 02879 with a note in the memo saying “Friends of Kevin Dugas.”


Other Sources:

Podcast Interviews:
Festival Videos:
  • Gras ball video;=relatedMardi
  • Festival video
Performer Videos:
  • Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys - Dominos
  • CJ Chenier “Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot”;=related
  • Leoy Thomas at the German Club in RI;=1&list;=PLCDCBFD251CE4B935&index;=25


Practical Info:

Slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • CJ Chenier
    • Costume Party
    • Crowd and Stage
    • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, photo ©2005 Rick Oliver
    • Steve Riley with accordeon, photo by Hank Randall
    • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
  • The Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Ballroom
    60 Rhodes Place
    Cranston, RI, 02905
  • 6:00pm - midnight
Tickets 2011:
  • Tickets now available on line at
  • Tickets may also be purchased by mail only by sending a check or money order with a stamped envelope to
    • Lagniappe Productions
      51 White Oak Court
      Wakefield, RI 02879 USA


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