Stompin’ on the Bayou Festival

Pass a good time while supporting community assistance efforts at the second annual Stompin’ on the Bayou Music Festival, set for May 29-31 at Houma’s Evergreen Cajun Center. Admission is free.

The weekend-long free, indoor event features live music from local favorites including Junior Lacrosse, Reaux Shambo, Tommy G & Stormy Weather, Karma and Tet Dur, who will perform each day of the event.

“We try to get bands that have followings,” Reed Callais, festival co-chair, said. “We open every day with Tet Dur. He’s a local and he’s really good. He’s a one-man band and to hear him, you would think he’s a four- or five-piece band. A lot of [the bands] are swamp pop bands and Karma is a really good, all-around band.”

Gibson-based Greenwood Gator Farms will be on hand to show off live alligators and a variety of carnival rides will keep children entertained throughout the festival.

Arts and crafts vendors also sell various handmade wares and reprints of the festival’s poster, created by Lamar Graphics, are available.

Organizers including Callais and Charlotte Sanders, president of the Evergreen Association and owner of Charlotte’s Cajun Kitchen, are readying food for the event. The menu features traditional Cajun food such as jambalaya, roast beef po-boys, crab burgers and beignets, as well as standard festival fare like hamburgers and nachos.

The money raised from this event supports The Lions Eye Foundation and the Louisiana Lions Crippled Children’s Camp. The Eye Foundation supplies reading and eyeglasses to those unable to afford it, in addition to other eye care services, and the children’s camp is a free opportunity for those with special needs to enjoy a week of fun and camaraderie.

“Without [attendees’] support, we cannot help the people of Terrebonne Parish and the surrounding areas that we do,” Sanders said.

“There’s one young boy, about two months before camp, he’s got his bags packed,” Callais added. “The week before camp, he’s got his cap on and he keeps asking his mom, ‘When are we going?’ It’s something that they really look forward to.” •