Mudbug Madness celebrates 30 years of great music

For 30 years, Mudbug Madness has been synonymous with endless crawfish, but it’s also the perfect spot to catch some of the best in live Cajun, zydeco and regional music in the state.

Grammy award-winning zydeco artist Terrance Simien said he made his Shreveport debut at the festival more than 20 years ago and has made it a tour stop ever since. Zydeco fans know Simien as one of the biggest names in the genre who earned a Grammy award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album in 2008. While his music has taken him all over the world, for him one thing remains true – there’s no place like home.

“Most of my work is out of state, so for me Mudbug Madness is a festival at home. It’s just a lot of Louisiana people having a good ol’ time and we know how to have a good time in our own way,” Simien said. “The food is always really good and everybody’s always really cool.”

You can catch Simien perform live tonight with his band, the Zydeco Experience, as well as Wayne Toups and ZydeCajun on Saturday night and host of other big acts, performing throughout the weekend. And if you’re lucky, you might even run into some of them enjoying the festival while they’re off the stage.

“I usually like to go a little earlier and hear some of the music and definitely eat some of the good food there,” Simien said.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Admission is free until 5 p.m.  today, May 24; $5 after 5 p.m. on today; $5 all day Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Admission is free for military with military ID and children ages 12 and under. Visit Mudbug Madness online for more information.

Learn more about these events at, or view the 2013 Visitors Guide online.

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