Jana Jae

Fiddler Jana Jae will be among performers at the Cajun Festival on July 4 in Grove. Tulsa World file

Ragin’ Cajun Doug Kershaw, a revered fiddle player, singer and songwriter, is coming to Grove to perform along with Jana Jae and others during the Cajun Festival on Thursday, July 4, at Grove Civic Center.

The festival is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Chris Miller and Bayou Roots will return by popular demand and will back Kershaw for two shows at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with several appearances through the day by popular crooner Clint Walker.

The festival will include music, as well as Cajun food from chef Dr. John. Artists and crafters will sell their works at vendor booths.

Said a news release for the event: “Celebrate our nation’s birthday and take a musical journey that is as authentic as the people, places and events that define Louisiana culture.”

Kershaw’s fervor for Cajun culture and his ability to entertain with this rhythmic music has garnered him a long career, honors, awards and the attention of the most popular artists of the day.

As a lauded singer/fiddler/songwriter, Kershaw took Cajun music to the world with hits including “Louisiana Man,” “Diggy Diggy Lo” and “Cajun Baby.” For his music and his ambassadorship of Cajun culture, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

The event is being brought to the Grand Lake area by Grand Lake Festivals Inc. and Jae, an accomplished fiddler and founder of Grand Lake Festivals, with the assistance of Cherokee Nation Businesses, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment of the Arts, Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau, Oklahoma Film and Music, plus local and area sponsors including the city of Grove and Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

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