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Mother's Day Sunday  May 10th, 2015     
Gates: 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy our Greeting Band, "Todd Waits Pigpen" at the Dance Pavilion 10:30AM - 11:30AM

(Cajun / Zydeco Music Jam & Lessons at 10:45 am Behind KSDS Stage)

House of Blues Presents
The Mardi Gras Stage
(west end)

11 - 11:50
Santana Brothers
Rock from the
50's to Top 40

11:50 AM Zydeco Lesson w/ AJ Gibbs

12:10 - 1:20
Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys
Lafayette Style

1:20 PM Parade starts with Euphoria Brass Band

1:40 - 2:50
Gospel According to Missy Andersen
5 singers and the full band raising the roof.

2:50 PM
Salsa Dance Lesson

Meyer Standsberry

3:10 - 4:30

Los Pinquos
L.A. based Argentinian Salsa
Dance Music!


4:50 - 6:00
The Stilettos
50's Rockabilly

Visit Louisiana

Bayou Grove

11:00 - 11:50
Theo Bellow
Zydeco Rubboard techniques

G Burns Jug Band
San Diego's only Jug band on early American music.

Joe Fontenot
Intro to French Cajun music

The legendary Tom Cat Courtney
with Chicken Bone Slim

Terry Domingue
Zydeco Accordion & Rubboard styling

Wilson Savoy & the Pine Leaf Boys
Cajun music
history & styling

Jason Weiss
& the Thursday
 Night Pickers
Blue Grass Jam

Red Hook

The Bourbon Street Stage

11:00 - 11:50
Chase Walker Blues
Blues with a unique soul!

12:00 - 1:00
Chet & the Committee

1:10 - 2:20
Gal Holiday
& The Honky Tonk Revue

Honky Tonk, Western Swing & Rockabilly

2:35 - 3:35
Theo &
Zydeco Patrol
Traditional Zydeco the way you like it!

3:50 - 4:50
Len Rainey
with Johnny Vernazza
& Walter Gentry

5:10 - 6:10
Euphoria Brass Band
New Orleans 2nd Line Music

6:25 - 7:30
Kara Grainger

featuring the Backwater Blues Band

SD Mesa College Culinary Department
Taste of Louisiana Cooking Demo Stage

11:00 to 12:00
Traditional Style Beignets
with Chicory Coffee
Chefs Quentin Yates & Cindy Danan - San Diego Mesa College Culinary Students, Owners: Q&C Catering

12:15 to1:15 PM
Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
Chef Jack Gambrell -  Owner and Operator of 6th Ave Bistro and McDougal’s Catering and a Professor Culinary Arts
Mesa College.

1:45 to 2:45 PM
Red beans and rice with Smoked
Ham hocks
Chef Michael Fitzgerald – Professor Mesa College Culinary Arts and Management Program


3:30 to 4:30 PM
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
Chef Michael Fitzgerald – Professor Mesa College Culinary Arts and Management Program


The chefs of San Diego Mesa College Culinary Department provide professional instruction in preparing Gumbo, Jambalaya and other Southern specialties.
Gator by the Bay has a stage dedicated to demonstrations of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes for every palate plus there are samples tasting and recipe sheets to take home!
This venue has shade, folding chairs and voice amplification so everyone can catch the all important tips from our guest chefs.

The San Diego Mesa College Culinary Department hosts this stage and staff and guest teachers entertain and enlighten while creating each dish before
your eyes.  

The Chefs relate the origin of
each dish and the culture from which it evolved.   Just how does Cajun differ from Creole in the kitchen?   Why sassafras? What goes into the “trinity”? What dishes came from the Native Americans, the French, the West Africans, and the Spanish?

Blu SD

The Fountain

11:00 - 12:00
Quinteto Caballero

12:15 - 1:15
and the
Good Thing

Jazz Funk Blues

1:30 - 2:30
Quel Bordel
Alternative European Gypsy Music

2:45 -3:45
Bubba McCoy

4:00 - 5:00
Joe Fontenot Creole Cajun Band
French Cajun Music

5:15 - 6:30
Three Chord Justice
Country with Twang!

KSDS Jazz 88

The Festival Stage

(east end)

11:00 - 12:00
Dave Sousa
& the Zydeco Mudbugs
Oldtime Zydeco

Salsa Dance Lesson
Meyer Standsberry

12:20 - 1:20
Todo Mundo
Salsa &World Beat


Cajun Dance Lesson
Teddy and Brenda

1:40 - 2:50
Pine Leaf Boys
Traditional Cajun
Dance Hall music!


3:10 - 4:20
California Honeydrops
Bay area RnB!

New Orleans style

4:40 - 5:50
Wayne Baker Brooks
Serious Chicago Blues with Heart and Soul!

5:50 PM Zydeco Lesson with AJ Gibbs

6:10 - 7:30
Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers
Houston Zydeco"!!!!

Music Jam / Lesson
Friday 5pm, Saturday at 11:30am and Sunday at 10:45am.
Behind the Festival Stage

New to this year’s Gator By The Bay is the music jam area where anyone with an instrument can join in a music jam session or lesson. It’s open to all levels of musicians from beginners to experienced and typically consists of a small group of players sitting in a circle where one person leads the Cajun or Zydeco tune and the others chime in.

The Jam Area will be several hay bales setup south east of the Festival Stage.  Bring your rubboard, guitar, accordion or other musical instrument.   Current Jam/Lesson times are Friday 5pm, Saturday at 11:30am and Sunday at 10:45am. Anyone who would like to learn a little breakdown of any of the tunes played can ask and we take some time to break down the basics. 

Questions: Email

City San Diego Arts & Culture Financial support for Gator By The Bay is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego.

Many thanks to our other major
platinum level event sponsors:
Costa Del Mar SunglassesPort ksds RedHookHouse of Blues
Our complete list of sponsors is available through this link.