Rajun’ Cajun Throwdown

2015 Rajun Cajun Entry Form

2015 Rajun Cajun Vendor Application

We’re gearing up for this year’s event on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Be sure to check back for information as it is updated here and please visit our our Facebook page to stay in the loop!
Now, on to the five “W”s…
WHO: Luling Main Street created this event three years ago in an effort to attract more people to our little town and enjoy a day of food and fun.  Luling Main Street is a non-profit organization that helps create Economic Development through historic preservation.
WHAT: Rajun’ Cajun Throwdown is a Cajun style cook-off with entries in Gumbo, Jambalaya, Open (anything Cajun inspired), Bloody Mary, Dessert and Showmanship categories.  The event also features a great entertainment lineup, Crawfish by the pound and vendor area. Come have a good time with us!
WHERE: We’re having a street party in Downtown Luling, TX! Come join us in the 300-500 blocks of Davis Street.  Need directions? Go ahead and plug 421 E. Davis in your GPS and “poof!” you’ll be at the festivities!
WHEN: The main event will happen on Saturday, March 14th however teams will start arriving Friday evening for early check-in, and Dessert turn in.
WHY: As a non-profit organization, fundraising is always a big part of “staying alive.” The Rajun’ Cajun Throwdown was created to help fund the many projects and events put on by Luling Main Street in a continuing effort to promote and revitalize our historic main street district.  Profits from each year’s event are earmarked to go towards a specific project in the main street district.  The first two year’s have helped to fund the Magnolia Mural project welcoming people to our great town. The 2013 event spearheaded the addition of “Heritage Circle” located in the 500 block of Davis Street, and 2014 allowed the Main Street Program to disperse a record amount of Facade Grants to buildings in our District.

2015 Lineup of Events

Friday, March 13th

6:00 PM – Early team check-in begins
8:00 PM – Dessert Turn-in

Saturday, March 14th

9:00 AM – Team Check-in
9:30 AM – Cook’s Meeting
10:00 AM – Cooking begins; Beer and Beverage Garden opens; Ponty Bone takes the stage.
pontyPonty Bone and the Squeezetones – In the Lone Star State, where the squeezebox pervades the musical landscape, Ponty Bone is an authentic Texas accordion King. He’s a master of the instrument who has played with some of the state’s most influential artists and infused his instrument and talents into a myriad of popular and roots musical styles, in the process wining an international reputation.

Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones will perform from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

10:30 AM – Bloody Mary Turn-In
11:00 AM – Crawfish will begin and will be available throughout the day.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone so don’t miss out!
12:00 PM – Open Category Turn-In
1:00 PM – Showmanship
2:00 PM – Jambalaya Turn-In; Jean-Pierre takes the stage.
Jean PierreJean-Pierre & the Zydeco Angels – When I first began playing zydeco, the music was not widely known among the general American public, and there were not that many zydeco bands. In the years since, zydeco has become more popular, the number of zydeco bands has increased, and, as represented by some artists, the style of zydeco has changed. These days many zydeco fans are only familiar with the newer style of the music, usually played on the Cajun accordion, but I still play the older style that was established by Clifton Chenier years ago. I like the older style because the music has different beats and rhythms and it is played on the big accordion, which is not as musically limited as the Cajun accordion.
Before Clifton Chenier passed on in 1987, I crossed paths with him many times and became friends with him. When we talked, we would speak in French. I spent a lot of time watching and listening to him play, too, studying his accordion technique and paying attention to how he led his band and captivated his audience. Clif was simply the best there ever was, and he will always be my main zydeco influence. I could play the newer styles, and I do occasionally perform on the Cajun accordion, but it’s the older style and the big accordion that really turn me on. To me, the older style of zydeco is like a trusted gumbo recipe—why change it? .  Laissez Les Bon temps Rouler, Cher !!  Jean-Pierre Blanchard
Jean-Pierre & the Zydeco Angels will perform from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
4:00 PM – Gumbo Turn-In
5:00 PM – People’s Choice Turn-In
6:00 PM – Winners Announced and Auction

13 Responses to Rajun’ Cajun Throwdown

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  3. jyl says:

    AAAAAAEEEEEE!!! Bring it on and hope there are lots more Cajun/Zydeco dancers coming!

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  5. M says:

    I chuckle every year when I see the misspelled banner in downtown Luling: “Rajun” should be spelled Ragin.

    • We’re glad it catches your attention. We decided to spell it this way on purpose to follow suit and look the same with “Cajun”. Hope to see you at next year’s event – always the 2nd weekend in March!

  6. Mike M says:

    You site says the event is always the 2nd Saturday in March. That puts the 2015 even Sat March 14th. Is this correct?

  7. Sean says:

    What time are the Musicians scheduled to be performing?

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