Wish I could make this one! Mariposa is a great destination for a ride, situated near Yosemite in the foothills of the California Central Valley.

Here’s what came in my email today from the band:

Summer is coming to an end, but we got one last gasp of summertime food and fun coming this Saturday, Sept 17thwhen The BluesBox Bayou Band returns to the 5th Annual Blazin’ Hog BBQ Competition and Zydeco Music Festival. This fifth year also features Cajun fiddle great “Lisa Haley and the Zydekats”, Grammy award nominee from So Cal, who headlines this year’s dance concert at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. Mark St. Mary and his hot Zydeco band will start the afternoon and ramp up the audience for this outdoor party of the year. The BBBB will begin at 3PM, Cleo Home will be getting the crowd ready through out the afternnoon with her dance lessons on the largest outdoor dance floor in the area!

The BBQ is great with plenty of cold beer and wine to keep everybody happy for this foothill festival at the steps of Yosemite Valley. Make a trip out of it, it’s great fun at one of the most beautiful mountain locations anywhere. Tickets are only $15 general admission and gates open at 12 noon. This is a fundraiser for John C. Fremont Hospital so your helping out a critical community organization as well. For more details go to Blazinhog.com for ticket info, schedules and directions. See ya there!

They even quote yours truly from my review of the CD they sent me:

“Not Your Mama’s Accordion Band! There’s a term used in parenting literature to refer to children who may be a bit too rowdy for their own good. They’re sweet, decent, loving kids, but they are what we call “spirited”. Really, it’s a measure of a kid who has lots of youthful, fun , vibrant energy. And spirited is a word I keep thinking of as I listen to the Blues Box Bayou Band, a Cajun-Zydeco group from California’s Central Valley. They appear to get a fair amount of play in Northern California at a variety of events where good food, drink, and music can be found. If you enjoy a mature sound in your music, enjoy traditional Cajun music, and are known to cut a rug once in a while, this stuff is for you. There’s a feel to it that can be described as rhythmic and bouncy, with depth and quality in the arrangement of the music, a complexity to the instrumentation that keeps the ear busy and having fun. Their solid sound works adapting covers, traditional and originals.” — Rob Campbell, Keeping Up With Jones