Crooners and crustaceans

Illustration by Mark Stivers

After Isleton's Cajun Festival—formerly the Crawdad Festival—caused a stir last summer for serving thousands of crawfish imported from China, this weekend's event has been renamed the Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival. Mindy Giles (of Swell Productions) has partnered with the Isleton Chamber of Commerce to throw the fete, and she's already drastically bolstered the music lineup. It features a Grammy Award-nominated headliner (Elvin Bishop), Cajun bands (the Lost Bayou Ramblers and the Magnolia Sisters) and local bands (the Kyle Rowland Blues Band, Sacramento Blues Revue). Most importantly, the Isleton Chamber of Commerce confirmed that the crustaceans this year will come from the Sacramento River, procured by Rocklin-based Crayfish International. Additionally, there will be a crawfish-eating contest, and food and drink vendors. Tickets are $15. Visit for details.