The ragin' Cajun is coming to town, ready to spin some tunes.
Doug Kershaw, the famous fiddler known most of his career as the "ragin Cajun" will appear as part of the 2018 Cajun Festival, set for Wednesday, July 4, at the Grove Civic Center.
Kershaw, a member of the Grand Old Opry, National Fiddlers Hall of Fame and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, comes to Grove as a guest of long-time musician Jana Jae.
"I'll do anything for my friends," Kershaw said with a laugh during a phone interview. "I love playing music with friends. It's when I come alive, when I'm performing."
Tickets for the event are $5 each and available at the door and at Gallery Southwest in Grove. The event begins at 10 a.m., with Kershaw taking the stage at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
In addition to Kershaw, Chris Miller and the Louisiana-based Bayou Roots, along with Clint Walker and others, will be on hand bringing a variety of tunes to the festivities.
Sponsored by Jae's Grand Lake Festivals, the event will also include a chance to dance, and eat some cajun favorites. Arts and Craft vendors will also be on hand with a variety of wares.
Coming to Grove
For Kershaw, the concert in Grove is a chance to showcase his music, which has its roots in the Louisiana culture of his youth.
Kershaw jokes while his cajun roots definitely influences his music, he tries not to put a label on his style or sound.
"I let the people decide what I am," Kershaw said, adding his music's been called everything from cajun to rockabilly.
At 82, Kershaw has played music since he first picked up an instrument at the age of 7.
"I knew I wanted to be somebody on stage," Kershaw said. "French/Cajun music was my first language. I'm 110 percent Cajun."
Kershaw's first gigs took place before he turned 10, as he played at a local bar, the Bucket of Blood, with his mother accompanying him on guitar.
He said music became the way he could help his family as they worked to survive during World War II.
"It was my way out, and away from the tragedy I came from," Kershaw said.
He loves performing cajun music because, even with the deep or sad lyrics, he said the tunes are filled with happiness.
With more than 500 songs recorded, Kershaw said he likes to pull from his collection when he steps before a crowd.
"I want everyone to enjoy themselves because I'm having fun," Kershaw said. "If you don't want to have fun, stay home."
Ultimately, Kershaw said, people who attend the Cajun Fest can expect to hear music that will make them want to get up and dance.
"It's what music should do," Kershaw said. "It makes you want to dance."
If You Go
A day of air-conditioned comfort, mixed with hot cajun music and food, await guests at this year's Cajun Fest.
The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, at the Grove Civic Center, will include performances by the Louisiana-based group featuring Chris Miller, along with Jana Jae and Friends.
This year’s festival will also feature “The Ragin’ Cajun” Doug Kershaw in two shows, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person. Sponsored by the Grand Lake Festivals, the event will also include a chance to dance, and eat some cajun favorites including gumbo and red beans and rice. Arts and Craft vendors will also be on hand with a variety of wares.
The fun beginning at 10 a.m., at the civic center, 1702 South Main, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-8896.