The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival

Jason Engstrom Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels

Location Info:

Rancho Santa Susana Community Center & Park
5005 Los Angeles Ave.
Simi Valley, CA  93063
805-584-4456
While music-festival culture increasingly leans toward bank account–draining burnout, this kickin’ little shindig is the exception that proves the rule. With some of Louisiana’s top-ranking talents — Lazy Lester, the fabulously kicked-back blues harp chieftain of “I Hear You Knockin’” fame; the souped-up fiddle and shout of the indefatigable Doug Kershaw; the superb traditionalist Jo-El Sonnier — the event’s titular sounds are nobly represented. Along with Doors axeman Robby Krieger’s riff-slinging and high-velocity workouts from Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty and his gang of hired hands, you also get a truly wild, wild card — the brilliantly incendiary Detroit rocker Mitch Ryder, a sensational, vastly influential and criminally underappreciated stylist whose frantic, irresistibly biting records cleared the way for The MC5 and The Stooges. Also Sunday, May 28.

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