Blown Away on the Bayou 2

Harmonica/Blues Summit in Sunset, Louisiana (Just outside of Lafayette)

Join us for the second annual Blown Away on the Bayou Harmonica/Blues Summit, October 18-22, 2023 in the heart of Acadiana.

Full-time, Part-time, Drop-in, Seminars, Live Music & Dancing

World-class musicians and teachers from Louisiana and beyond offering Blues Instruction in Harmonica, Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, and Accordion.

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced instruction will be offered for all instruments.

Don’t play, or don’t want to take instrument lessons? No problem! We have options.

About the Whirlybird Compound and your hosts for the Summit

On the day Bo Diddley died, the blues seeped out of a weathered tin building, hidden from view as the sun set. Up the wooden stairs, across the screened-in porch, slide open the heavy wooden door of the old Texaco warehouse and step inside—an old fiberglass coin-operated kid’s ride resembling a helicopter stands—the building’s namesake. Welcome to The Whirlybird.

While The Whirlybird has an intriguing history and even earned a feature in Southern Living Magazine, Christy Leichty and Jim Phillips, purveyors of fun, have chosen to keep it a private, non-commercial space – an underground honky tonk. The Whirlybird lives on as more than just a place—it represents an underground movement driven by a passion for fun and an unwavering commitment to celebrating with friends. The perfect location for Blown Away on The Bayou … (as described by – Reese Fuller, journalist/author)

Your World Class Instructors

Grant Dermody


Cedric Watson

Fiddle & diatonic accordions

Rich Del Grosso


Joe Filisko


Chris Stafford


Corey Ledet

Piano and Diatonic Accordians

Jerry Devilier


Chris Miller

cajun harmonica

Teka Briscoe

Gospel Choir Leader

The 2022 Gallery

Check out these video segments from last year’s summit.

“Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment of the Arts.”