Louisiana Tourism

What is Creole Culture? From Food to Zydeco! – Shop Local

Sean Ardoin, zydeco musician and two-time Grammy nominee, and Jackie Simien, author and lifestyle correspondent, walk us through Creole culture in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The term creole was originally used by French settlers to distinguish persons born in Louisiana from those born in the mother country or elsewhere. Creole culture today has a strong focus on food, family, and music. Residents and visitors alike find that the rhythm and beat felt and heard on the streets and back roads of Southwest Louisiana are soothing to the soul. Music and the region are intricately tied together, especially when music giants like R&B singer Nellie Lutcher, blues master Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Jazz musician Chester Daigle II and Zydeco legends like “Rockin’ Sidney” Simien, Boozoo Chavis, Chris Ardoin, Lawrence Ardoin, Sean Ardoin, Keith Frank, and Rusty Metoyer are part of the region’s music history. Want to learn more about Creole Culture in Louisiana, visit: