Carmel Valley band to play at Gator By The Bay festival May 10

The Santana Brothers BAND from Carmel Valley will play May 10 at the Gator by the Bay Festival.
The Santana Brothers BAND from Carmel Valley will play May 10 at the Gator by the Bay Festival.
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The 14th annual Gator By The Bay, the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou, returns to San Diego from May 7-10 at the Spanish Landing Park.

Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, it features four days of live music with more than 85 musical acts on six stages, along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, and non-stop dancing, shopping, playing and eating on beautiful San Diego Bay.

This year, guests will enjoy an expanded schedule of eclectic musical performa-ces, including three-time Grammy winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Cajun band Pine Leaf Boys, rising Louisiana zydeco artists Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys, and Chicago blues legends Corky Siegel, Sam Lay, Barry Goldberg and Marcella Detroit.

Carmel Valley’s Santana Brothers BAND will be just one of the 85 acts in the musical lineup, featuring triplets Brenden, Alexander and Nathan, and their older brother, Daniel. The young musicians, who play blues-influenced rock and roll, take the stage at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 10.

The festival’s French Quarter Food Court will feature authentic tastes of Louisiana, such as crawfish, boudin sausage, catfish, alligator, barbecue and oysters. There will be mouth-watering Louisiana favorites such as gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys and étouffée. For dessert, there will be beignets, sweet potato pie, homemade ice cream, pralines and bread pudding.

All areas of the festival are open to children to enjoy the music, color, spirit and activities of the festival. Special activities include participating in the costumed Mardi-Gras parades and making outrageous hats with the Rad Hatter.

The festival runs from 6-10 p.m. May 7, 3:30-10:30 p.m. May 8, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. May 9, and 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. May 10 at Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Drive, directly across from San Diego International Airport. Find festival, ticket, parking and free shuttle info at