Cajun and folk music at Twilight

Bijou du Bayou

Bijou du Bayou

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Bijou du Bayou at Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday, Aug. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m.

This Vancouver Island Cajun band brings high-energy music combining Cajun, zydeco, swing, calypso, and a few other flavours to create a sound that would make the Amish want to do the bugaloo.

From fast-paced, infectious (and danceable) tunes to a slow lovers’ waltz, the band’s sound can best be described as the Barenaked Ladies colliding with Buckwheat Zydeco.

Jeff Weaver of CBC Victoria said of the group, “Hard to believe these fellows didn’t grow up sucking crayfish on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. Their performances are drenched in the good humor and joie de vivre that the music is famous for.”

From their debut at the 1997 Cowichan Fringe Festival, the band has played at several of Vancouver Island’s major festivals.

As well as being a headliner, Bijou du Bayou has opened for and shared the stage with the likes of Gary Fjelgaard, Suzanne Gitzi, Alpha Ya Ya Diallo, Fruit, Farmer’s Daughter, and Swamp Mama Johnson.

Bijou du Bayou’s performance is sponsored by Leslie Redburn, Homelife-Glenayre Realty.

The Art in the Park program features Gina Esche’s natural way to body wellness and Karla Turner’s specialty blended leaf teas.

The Envision Twilight Series welcomes Laughing Bird to Fraser River Heritage Park on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Entertainers, songwriters and recording artists Laughing Bird — Tupelo Kenyon and Janey Wing Kenyon — are a contemporary folk-rock duo that has been sharing their music with audiences across the U.S. and elsewhere since the mid-1970s.

The Kenyons are acoustic-based, multi-instrumentalists who excel at upbeat, positive, original songs. Their music spans many genres including progressive folk, light rock, new country, new age, meditative, novelty, ballads, and love songs.

Their music is marked by uplifting lyrics, sweet harmonies and soaring instrumentals that celebrate the themes of personal growth, hope and gratitude.

Laughing Bird’s performance is sponsored by Pete’s Place Pizza.

The Art in the Park program features the art of Pam Ellis; Betty Sandmark’s beaded jewelry; and Salt Lane Studio’s craft workshop.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us at the park.  The Log Cabin Café and the Blackberry Kitchen are open. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. For information call 604-826-0277.