Michael Arnone will once again host his annual Crawfish Fest in New Jersey this spring, when the gathering will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a lineup headlined by vocalist and New Orleans legend Aaron Neville and The Marcus King Band.

Also set to play the music and food festival are other NOLA-centric acts like Neville Jacobs (Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville + Cris Jacobs), Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Cowboy Mouth, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters, Cory Henry and the Treme Funktet, John Papa Gros Band and many more. See the full lineup below.

“The great thing about this festival is its incredible authenticity,” says festival creator Arnone, who started the event as a way to bring a taste of his native New Orleans to New Jersey. “It’s so real that for everybody who’s moved up North from Louisiana, everyone who’s homesick, this is like going home for a few days. The Louisiana atmosphere, the crawfish, the jambalaya, it’s all there. I tell people the music brings them, but the food keeps them.”

The Crawfish Fest will return to the Sussex County Fairgrounds May 31–June 2. Tickets and more information can be found at the festival’s website.


Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest 2019 Lineup

Aaron Neville
The Marcus King Band
Neville Jacobs
Rebirth Brass Band
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Cowboy Mouth
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
Bishop Gunn
Cory Henry and the Treme Funktet
John Papa Gros Band
Jonathon Long
Flow Tribe
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas
Darcy Malone and the Tangle
Amanda Fish
The Iceman Special
Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Tony Smith and the You Know How We Do Crew
Big Mamou.