Any performance by Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band is a guaranteed good time. However, seeing them play in Louisiana at Festival Acadiens et Creole is a completely different experience. Chubby explains how he became involved with the annual music festival, and why it’s so special to him.
“Man what a smart move when they made it Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, to combine it. And I said, ‘That’s a beautiful thing because I love going to that festival.’ It was like everybody’s reunion from out of town meeting up at festival.”
“But then they said, ‘We want to see you do it in your home state, but you not on the bill.’ I said, ‘Man one day man I’m gonna be on that bill.’ They bring in a handful of zydeco bands, but now we have a lot of zydeco bands playing festivals.”
“All the tourist that we’ve been playing for all over the world tell me, ‘I want to first and foremost visit Louisiana to see you do it in your home town.’ I said, ‘Wouldn’t that be nice huh.’ They say, ‘Oh yeah you killed us in Kansas City, but I wanna be eating gumbo, dancing and listening to Chubby in Lafayette, Louisiana at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.’ What an honor for them to say things like that.”
“‘We’re gonna base our vacation around Festival Acadiens.’ I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me!?’ So I call my partner up, ‘Pat you got to get me on the bill this year I got some friends coming from all over the world.’ Pat says, ‘Yeah I heard.’ So we gonna play it this year.”
“I don’t get to play it every year cause of my scheduling, but I tell you what when I try and get it on my schedule I call Pat as soon as possible. People from all over the world are coming for Festival and they are letting me know, ‘No man we won’t be back in Louisiana until the Festival,’ and I said, ‘Wow.’”
“So when I booked it with Pat I emailed my friends back. They got like an automatic counter on their phone going 11 days left. They’re looking forward to getting back to Festival but hey, can you blame them?”
“It doesn’t matter when they see us dancing in the mud when it’s raining, seeing the dust flying, it doesn’t matter. They are watching people have a good time and passing a good time and that’s what keeps them coming back.”