GRAMMY Nominated Andre Thierry, a gifted composer and accordion virtuoso is collaborating with Performing Stars of Marin, creating a musical project for youth in Marin County. The program combines traditional and newly composed music, exploring the Creole culture and Zydeco, the music of Southwest Louisiana. A relatively new genre of world music, having come about as a style of its own in only the mid 1900s.

“Zydeco for Kids” offers fun interactive ways to share a mix of African, Native American  Blues, French dance melodies and elements of

Afro-Caribbean music.  The instruments introduced are the vest

scrub boards, drums and accordion, all popular Zydeco instruments.

The project was introduced in March 2012 at Performing Stars in
Marin City, California. The artist used this theme to structure this collaboration composing work that the children can process.

All have responded to a variety of works and to other aspects of

social transformation.  The project provides cross curricular and experiential learning opportunities, leading to performing with the artist at large-scale events.

“Zydeco for Kids with Andre Thierry” and Performing Stars have cultivated a strong bond that has taken root in Marin County. The musical project is sprouting success. The artist and organization are in their third year together dedicated to music. The group will continue to connect with new generations engaging the creative process of composing, performing new works and developing a “ladder of leadership.” Future participants have the opportunity to be mentored by the youth that began with the original project.

Founded in 1990 to give diverse, often marginalized, low-income children in Marin the opportunity to “reach for the stars” by participating in arts, Performing Stars of Marin has become one of the leading youth arts programs in the County. Performing Stars serves approximately 100 young people per year, from all over Marin, with most from the low-income areas of Marin City and San Rafael’s Canal District.

Performing Stars believes that every child wants the chance to be a star and that given positive reinforcement and recognition for achievement, he or she will “act out” and “star” in positive, rather than negative roles. Performing Stars is a social service organization that uses arts and cultural enrichment programs to promote positive life and leadership skills for all of life’s many “performances.”

The mission of Performing Stars is to build pride, character, discipline, and self-esteem in the hearts and lives of low-income, primarily multicultural, children. We achieve our mission through connecting youth and their families with arts, recreation, and other cultural enrichment programs that develop good work habits and positive social skills, enhance analytical thinking, improve communication skills, and increase professional readiness. Further, by exposing youth to county-wide experience beyond young people’s cultural comfort zone, Performing Stars promotes important personal growth and transformation.

Thank you to all, for your support! 2015 Sponsors

 2015 Community Partners:

ADA information

Creole United Festival is accessible to all guests with disabilities and there will be disabled parking spaces.


Creole United Festival features concession stands  that are accessible for patrons with disabilities. If assistance is required at any of the food service areas, please contact the nearest festival staff.


First Aid services provided onsite at venue. Please refer to the festival map for location.


Please be advised that security and/or law enforcement can verify that each vehicle’s ADA PLACARD or LICENSE PLATE corresponds with current DMV registration along with matching ID of the ADA patron inside the vehicle at the time of arrival.


All public restrooms are accessible portable toilets. Please refer to the festival map for locations.


Animals are not allowed onto the festival site. Exception are made for patrons with Service Animals. Patrons requiring further Service Animal assistance need to contact our ADA Coordinator at: ada@creoleunitedfestival.com.


Please refer to the festival map for location. please contact ADA coordinator at: ada@creoleunitedfestival.com.
Access is limited.


We ask that you contact us with your questions and/or suggestions at: ada@creoleunitedfestival.com.​​​​​​​​​​

2015 Festival FAQs

The Festival has no admission fee. Suggested $5 donations (or more if you are able) per person at the entrance are appreciated. All donations help support the Performing Stars of Marin, “Zydeco For Kids” music project.


Items allowed in this venue include:

Lawn chairs – seats must not be higher than 9″ off the ground.  disposable or digital cameras, small bags or backpacks, small umbrellas (tote size), seat cushions.

You are allowed to bring in food for personal consumption as long as it fits in a one gallon, ziploc bag, plastic grocery bag or a small(six-pack sized) collapsible soft-sided cooler. No hard coolers of any kind are allowed. Event staff may require the patron to show the bag and it’s contents when entering the venue, and all items allowed in are at the staff member’s discretion.

A patron can bring in one factory sealed water bottle, or other non-alcoholic beverage (up to one liter in size). Blanket or sleeping bag for the lawn.

Prohibited Items: 

Glass, cans or alcohol. Weapons of any kind. Cameras & video equipment. Large ice chests- over 12″ diameter or hard-sided. Radios & TVs. Barbecues or hibachis. Footballs, softballs, Frisbees, etc. Skates or skateboards. No tailgating.


Pets are not allowed at the event. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home. Animals- exception being seeing-eye dogs.


A great opportunity to showcase your business or just enjoy with family and friends. For more information on how to reserve your waterfront table now please contact: info@creoleunitedfestival.com.


The Creole United Festival will partner with Conservation Corp North Bay and the City of Sausalito to promote and encourage Zero Waste. Free-standing eco stations will be positioned throughout the festival for collecting compost, recycling and landfield waste. Additionally, there will be eco stations in strategic locations for festival staff, vendors and sponsors.

Organizers are also encouraging the use of public transit, bicycles and car pools to cut down carbon emissions and vehicular traffic.


PLEASE NOTE: These items are subject to change depending on the event.


Contact us with your questions at: info@creoleunitedfestival.com

2015 Creole United Festival Map

Additonal Parking information:

Sausalito is known for its many beautiful views and scenic hillside locations. But because of the limited parking availability,
Sausalito does have an aggressive enforcement program in both the residential and business districts.

What is ZYDECO?

What Is Zydeco?

The People Who Play Zydeco Music

To understand any genre of music, you must first understand the makers
of that genre. Zydeco is the music of Southwest Louisiana’s Black Creoles,
a group of people of mixed African, Afro-Caribbean, Native American and European descent. This Black Creole society that beget Zydeco is traditionally rural, French-speaking and is somewhat intertwined with the Cajun culture.

Where Does Zydeco Come From?

Zydeco music is a relatively new genre of world music, having come about as
a style of its own in only the mid-1900s. It is a derivative of “La-La” music (the shared music of the Cajuns and the Creoles), as well as blues, jure’ (syncopated a cappella religious songs), and in more recent years, Zydeco has taken many cues from R&B and even hip-hop, proving that it’s a constantly evolving genre.

What Does “Zydeco” Mean? – Story #1

The word “Zydeco” has two different stories to explain it. One is that it comes from the phrase “Les haricots sont pas sales”, meaning “the snap beans aren’t salty”. This phrase is a colloquial expression meaning that times are hard, and when spoken in the regional French, it’s pronounced “zy-dee-co sohn…” etc.

What Does “Zydeco” Mean? – Story #2

The second often-accepted meaning of the word “Zydeco” is that it comes from the word “zari”, which means dance. The word “zari” is found in several West African languages (in various similar forms).


Zydeco Instrumentation

Zydeco bands generally include an accordion, a modified washboard called a frottoir, electric guitar, bass and drums. Secondary zydeco instruments include fiddles, keyboards and horns.



What Does Zydeco Sound Like?

Zydeco music is often portrayed incorrectly as being polka-esque, but it actually sounds much more like the blues than like any European music.
The band plays heavily on the backbeat, with modern bands relying on a double-kick to the bass drum to emphasize the syncopation. The accordion plays blues licks, and the guitars further emphasize this sound.

Zydeco Lyrics

Zydeco music is sung in both English and French, with English being the preferred language for most modern bands. Many Zydeco songs are simply reworkings of R&B or Blues songs, many are modern versions of very old Cajun songs, and many are originals. Song lyrics deal with everything from the mundane to intense socio-political issues, with food and love being two very common themes.

Clifton Chenier – The King of Zydeco

Clifton Chenier was the one who took Zydeco from older “La-La” music to what we now recognize, and Clifton Chenier is hailed by nearly everyone as the progenitor of the modern genre.

Andre Thierry

GRAMMY Nominated Andre Thierry has been called the closest accordion player to Clifton Chenier that we’ll see in our lifetime. A virtuoso of all accordion types, single row, double row, triple row and piano key, Thierry effortlessly delivers everything from a traditional Creole waltz to a hard driving blues that is his own “Alternative Creole” sound.

Zydeco Dancing

Zydeco, like all accordion music, is for dancing. The steps performed to Zydeco music look like swing dancing to those unfamiliar with it. Zydeco dancing is intensely passionate and many are heralding it as “the new salsa.”

Festival Gives

About The Festival

Come explore a musical trip to Southwest Louisiana by the San Francisco Bay. The Creole United Festival

celebrates its 3rd year of community, music and the rich Creole culture.

Sausalito, California known for its mild weather and legendary waterfront makes it a popular destination for events.

The boutique downtown hotels, a diverse geography and a vibrant arts and culture scene is convenient for Festival attendees to make a weekend of it!

This year’s festival brings high energy, captivating national and international entertainment  featuring live musical performances by GRAMMY Nominated Andre Thierry, with special guest bands from Louisiana and Texas.

All ages welcome, come enjoy arts & crafts for kids, dance lessons, exhibits and a variety of delicious foods. The scenic venue has plenty of lawn seating and a waterfront “reserved table” seating area specially set for comfort, serving hospitality and a “TASTE OF THE SOUTH”.

Laissez les bon temp rouler!

Reserved Tables