Young musicians cling to Cajun, zydeco traditions

The Associated Press, Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:35am (PDT)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Members of the Cajun band T'Monde are young, but they like their music old.

The band of 20-somethings opened the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Friday with century-old, fiddle-heavy Cajun tunes.

As music fans carried folding chairs and umbrellas through the gates of the Fair Grounds horse racing track, band leader and accordion player, Drew Simon (SEE-mon), sang in Cajun French.

T'Monde (TEE'-Mone) loosely translated means "little world" or "little people." The group opened one of the festival's 12 stages. Also on the lineup were Dr. John, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, George Benson and Terrance Simien.

Jazz Fest continues through Sunday and May 2-5.

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