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Nibble and Sips – Crawfish Boil

Jordan Wright
May 2010

A Mess of Mudbugs and Zydeco at Hungry for Music in the Park

Mudbug races at Hungry for Music's 15th Annual Crawfish Boil - photo by Jordan Wright

Mudbug races at Hungry for Music's 15th Annual Crawfish Boil - photo by Jordan Wright

There was some serious crawfish face time at Fort Hunt Park last Saturday at Hungry for Music’s 15th Annual Crawfish Boil fundraiser.
Ready for action - photo by Jordan Wright

Ready for action - photo by Jordan Wright

Organizer Jeff Campbell, is a Louisiana native, who started the crawfish boil with friends as a backyard bash. After a few years they made it a fundraiser for the non-profit that aids in purchasing musical instruments for needy schools and students all around the world. Over the years it has blossomed to include over 600 guests and 2200 pounds of overnight-shipped crawfish and Lord knows how much beer!

“This event has allowed Hungry for Music to keep going and keep giving, and without these friends it wouldn’t be happening,” Campbell told me. “The Crawfish Boil is the lifeblood of this movement I’m very grateful there are so many people committed to its success.” HFM has already donated over 3,000 instruments.

On the park’s stage, local band, Squeeze Bayou and the SwampKeepers, played their Cajun Zydeco dance music of two-steps and waltzes all sung in Cajun French, to remind us all of how important it is to keep the music alive. They’ll be performing a free concert this summer in Gristmill Park in Alexandria on August 20th.

Wayne Rodgers and son at the Crawfish Boil in Alexandria - photo by Jordan Wright

Wayne Rodgers and son at the Crawfish Boil in Alexandria - photo by Jordan Wright

So in walks uber-grooveman Wayne Rodgers, down from Woodstock, VA with his 13-year-old son, Frank, in father-son tie-dyed tees. Rodgers, who briefly appeared in the 1970 “Woodstock” documentary, was the joint-toking hippie known as the “Port-O-San Guy”, so named after he used an outhouse to light up against the torrential rain. As president of Coalition Against Hunger, he is long past his space-age days and was named Citizen of the Year in 2002 in Prince William County for his work with the organization.

This is how we keep it real…

www.hungryformusic.org
www.SqueezeBayou.com

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