(Opelousas, LA) – The City of Opelousas, Zydeco Capital of the World, hosts the 17th Annual Zydeco Breakfast on Saturday, August 31, 2019, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. under the beautiful oak trees surrounding the historic St. Landry Parish Courthouse. This year, attendees and music lovers will experience the lively performance of Mike Broussard & Nu Edition Zydeko. Fun activities for children and families will also be featured at the event.
The annual downtown Labor Day event is held in conjunction with the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, which celebrates its 37th festival this year. Opelousas Tourism, with support from Opelousas Main Street, Inc. and St. Landry Parish Government, hosts the event each year to get people excited about the Labor Day festival.
Local downtown Opelousas businesses will feature a unique assortment of breakfast menu items for sale, from Bloody Mary’s and coffee to Clifton Chenier Casserole and pancakes. Local restaurants and coffee shops around the Courthouse Square will have some tasty food options available.
Mike Broussard is a Lawtell, Louisiana native who has played Zydeco music since he was eight years old. His family passed down the knowledge of Zydeco music from generation to generation and played a big part in influencing his love for the music. Broussard credits his uncle, Herbert Broussard, a singer and songwriter for Zydeco Force, and his cousin, Jeffrey Broussard, a member of Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, for teaching him about the music and allowing him to be a part of a Zydeco band.
Broussard played the washboard in his first band performance with Roy Carrier & the Zydeco Night Rockers. Later, he played guitar with Wayne Singleton & the Same Ol Two Step. He has also played with bands such as Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Lil Nate & the Zydeco Big Timers, Chris Ardoin & Nu Step Zydeco and many others. In 2017, Broussard decided to start his own band. His goal was to keep Zydeco music alive in modern society. Mike Broussard & Nu Edition Zydeko play a mix of traditional and new-age Zydeco and strive to mesh the feel of the old school and new school into something original and fun for everyone.
About the Original Southwest Zydeco Festival
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 in a field in Plaisance, Louisiana on the outskirts of Opelousas.
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 800-524-5442 or visit www.cityofopelousas.com