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Gator by Night
Featuring The
"Bourbon Street Supper Club"
Presented by The State of Louisiana and Lafayette, Louisiana
Enjoy dinner from one of our delicious food vendors and great Blues & Swing in
an intimate setting at the Bourbon Street Stage in the Louisiana Food Court area.

Comfortable seating area with lots of ambiance. Scroll down for a full schedule

Friday  May 8th      3:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
(Cajun / Zydeco Music Jam & Lessons at 5pm Behind KSDS Stage)

gates open
3:30 PM

State of Louisiana

Bourbon Street
Supper Club

3:50 to 5:00 p.m.

Listen Local SD Showcase
"The Moves"
"The Away Team"

5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Velvet Cafe
From blues to jazz to rock to torch songs, vintage country, contemporary pop, Latin rock & French ballads. .

6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers w/ Carl Sonny Leyland.
Elements of 1920's acoustic blues, amplified juke joint hill country, and 1950's uptown blues mixed with 1960's soulful R&B!

8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Big Jon Atkinson
& Guests:
Kim Wilson, Kid Ramos, Kid Anderson
& Kadar Roy

This will be a very special show that is sure to delight the blues lover in us all.

Blu SD
The Fountain

It's A Party!!!!

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Rhythm & the Method
Fronted by singer/percussionist Rhythm Turner. Performing popular covers and dynamic originals, they're one of the busiest bands in San Diego.

5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
Tiffany Jane &
the Kicks

A masterful and refreshing group that hits on all soul cylinders, finds room for some funk, and gives Jane’s wonderful set of pipes free rein to shine.

7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Rip Carson
Hardcore Rockbilly with a crooners voice to back it up!

8:30 to 10:00 p.m.
The Sleepwalkers
Original American music styles ranging from blues, country, Tex-Mex, Cumbias, and their own brand of roots rock.

The Bon Temps Social Club presents
Bon Temps Dance Pavilion

5:00 to 6:45 p.m.
CD Dance Featuring
Zydeco Old School

DJ's tribute dance with tunes from Beau Jocque, Boo Zoo Chavis, Zydeco Joe
John Delafose, Joe Simien, Clifton Chenier and other Great American Cajun and Zydeco Artists.


6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Introduction to
Zydeco Dance

Greg Benusa

Outside Alcohol, Coolers or Pets are not permitted.

Thank you!

Bon Temps
Dance Pavilion

KSDS Jazz 88 Radio presents
Festival Stage
(east end)

4:15 to 5:45 p.m.

Flipside Burners
w/ Whitney Shay

The ’Burners’ play a blazing variety of Rockabilly, Swing, Blues and Vintage Rock & Roll originals and covers from Johnny Cash to the Stray Cats.

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Bayou Brothers
& the Zydekettes
Serious Zydeco dance Music for the Feet!
They gonna rock you on
back to Fat Tuesday!


Zydeco Lesson
with AJ Gibbs

7:50 to 10:30 p.m.
Brian Jack & the
Zydeco Gamblers

Houston style Zydeco!
See if you can sit still for this music....No Way!
Gotta Dance!!

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

Music Jam

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.