Blown Away on the Bayou

October 16-20, 2024 | Sunset, Louisiana

Join us for the third annual Blown Away on the Bayou Harmonica/Blues Summit in the heart of Acadiana. World-class musicians and teachers from Louisiana and beyond offering beginning, intermediate, and advanced Blues instruction in harmonica, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and accordion. Full-time, part-time, drop-in, seminars available. Don’t play, or don’t want to take lessons? No problem! We have live music and dancing too!

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


Chris Miller

cajun harmonica

Cedric Watson

Fiddle & diatonic accordions

Rich Del Grosso


Joe Filisko


Teka Briscoe

Gospel Choir Leader

Corey Ledet

Piano and Diatonic Accordians

Jerry Devilier


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.”