Mudbugs lead End of Summer celebration Saturday

By Anne Hassler
August 15, 2014
McPherson CVB

Most people are surprised to learn that The Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band members aren't from the swamps of Louisiana but from the plains of South-central Kansas.

This Saturday they will be the centerpiece of an End of Summer Cajun Celebration in the 100 block of W. Elizabeth St. Neighbor's Cafe will have a shrimp boil at 6 p.m., Downtown Underground will have their street-level patio open and the Mudbugs begin at 8:30 p.m. Everyone is encourage to bring their own lawn chairs and refreshments.

The Mudbugs love of the French language, Cajun food, fiddle and accordion, mixed in with good times and family are what brought them together. The Mudbugs are led by Carter Green on fiddle/vocals, Greg Ewing on accordion/vocals, and Erin Craddock on vocals and triangle. Adam Ewing plays the 5-string electric upright bass, Brian Cochran on electric guitar, Juliah Ewing on frottoir and Jaime Green on drums. The Mudbugs are a family affair with two married couples and one set of Ewing brothers.

In 2010 the group performed live from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Garrison Keillor's  "A Prairie Home Companion" for an international radio audience of 4.3 million. They have since played at several festivals all over the country. Copies of their self-titled debut album made at Greenjeans Studios, Carter Green's recording studio in Wellington, have been sold all over the world. Their music includes a mix of French and English, original and Cajun classics as well as a few songs they Cajun-ify like Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire." Fans of all ages find it nearly impossible to be in a bad mood while listening to the Mudbugs