Shreveport's Mudbug Madness falls on Memorial Day weekend -- May 23-26. Since this year marks the festival's 30th anniversary, we've put together a list of 30 reasons why this year's event will be the best yet.

  • 1

    The Best Way to Start the Summer

    The first day of Summer is technically June 21, but thanks to the beautiful weather in Shreveport and Mudbug Madness we have the perfect excuse to kick off the best time of the year just a little early!

  • 2

    Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest

    Local celebrities, including our very own General Manager Lisa Janes, will chow down on crawfish to see who is the best mudbug muncher!

  • 3

    Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys

    From Amanda Shaw's Facebook page: "New Orleans-based singer, songwriter, fiddler and actress Amanda Shaw is part of a new breed of young, roots-based musicians who have embraced both traditional and pop sounds, creating music that is both authentic and bold."

  • 4

    You'll Go With Old Friends, But Meet New Ones

    Mudbug Madness is a great place to meet new people. Definitely go with a group of friends, but remember that there's no reason you can't make news ones.

  • 5

    Cody Cooke & the Bayou Outlaws

    Go buck wild with Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws! You know you're in for a treat when a group defines itself as "one part Hank, one part Jamey, one part Skynyrd and 100% Outlaw Country!"

  • 6

    Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

    Lafayette, Louisiana native Dwayne "Dopsie" Rubin was named America’s hottest accordion player for a reason: he's amazing. If you're into Zydeco music, you won't want to miss him at Mudbug Madness.

  • 7

    All the Crawfish You Can Eat!

    Seriously -- there will be a ton of crawfish. Maybe two tons. We won't be counting. But we will be loosening our belts to make room for more.

    Chasqui (Luis Tamayo), Flickr
  • 8

    Fireworks Show

    Everybody loves a good fireworks show. Lucky for us, we'll be getting a great one this year.

    bvalium, Flickr
  • 9

    Professor Porkchop & the Dirty Dishes

    The professor is in. Shreveport native Chris McCaa is bringing his blend of Louisiana swamp blues and jazz to the Mudbug Madness stage.

  • 10

    Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings

    Gregg Martinez describes his music as “bayou blues and Creole soul." Whatever you call it, it'll get your feet tapping.