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A.J. Gibbs (hands raised) helps to get the party started

* Los Angeles – Summer would not be complete without a Block Party.

Throw in some all you can eat cuisine, entertainment, dance lessons, and face paintings for the kids. You now have the recipe for a successful down home Southern Style Party.

Shout out to Ryan and Jessica Legaux for the 5th Annual Harold and Belles Restaurant Block Party and Crawfish Boil. This annual event was held on Saturday, July 6th, outside in the parking lot and side street.

Several hundred people made their way to the block party which was held from 12 noon til 6PM. A good time was had by all. Harold and Belles Restaurant is located at 2920 Jefferson Blvd.

Lines formed quickly to taste the wonderful Louisiana cuisine Harold and Belles is famous for throughout Los Angeles and surrounding communities. The menu for today consisted of all you can eat catfish nuggets, red beans and rice, gumbo, etouffe, jambalaya, crawfish and to die for bread pudding for dessert. Now that I have your attention, another subtle reminder is in order-Harold and Belles Restaurant is located at 2920 Jefferson Blvd. in Los Angeles. You can reach the restaurant at (323)735-3376.

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David Sousa & The Zydeco Mudbugs

Entertainment was provided by David Sousa & The Zydeco Mudbugs, The Cara Lee Band with A.J. Gibbs providing Zydeco dance instructions. Comedian Black Pedro served as Master of Ceremonies.

David Sousa & the Zydeco Mudbugs kicked off the musical program with a set and a half of high energy Zydeco. Dancers crowded unto the pavement, which served as the dance floor throughout their set. Their crowd pleasing set list consisted of the tunes “Ride,” “Don’t Forget About Me,” “Zydeco Two Step,” “Lucille,” “Something Cooking in the Kitchen” an appropriate tune fit for the occassion. The set continued with “What’s Good for the Goose;Is Good for the Gander,” “Knee Cap Jumper,” “Step Into the River”-gospel tinge and “Chicken Run” which sounded so nice, they had to play it twice with a few bars of “Lowrider.”

A.J. Gibbs served triple duties today. He played drums with David Sousa & The Zydeco Mudbugs, he was the DJ on the ones and twos, and Zydeco and line dance instructor. He lead the crowd in Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha, Zydeco dances, Electric Slide and Wobble. A.J. Gibbson continued his lessons with some Old School crowd favorites-The Re-Buck, Snake, Cabbage Patch, Running Man, Robo Cop, Tootsie Roll and last but not least Tha Butt.

Mardi Gras 2nd Line Dancers (harold & belle's)

Mardi Gras 2nd Line Dancers

An impromptu Mardi Gras 2nd Line snaked around the Block Party. The Cara Lee Band closed out the program with some great cover tunes on “Chain of Fools,” “Hot Love,” “Bad Girl,” and “Natural Women” to name a few.

Harold and Belles Restaurant has been in the community forever, OK, since September 1969 to be exact. The family run restaurant has a vibrant and thriving history of keeping alive the heritage and culture of Louisiana in Los Angeles. As I previously mentioned, Harold and Belles specialized in Creole cuisine.

Ryan and Jessica Legaux are third generation owners of Harold and Belles. They plan on maintaining the restaurant, which is a pleasant place for families, friends and the community to gather and enjoy some outstanding cuisine of Louisiana, with excellent customer service. The Legaux’s also plan on reviving their catering and concessions divisions. Something to keep in mind while planning future events (weddings, birthday or office parties, etc.)

You can keep up with Harold and Belles on Facebook and Twitter. Harold and Belles is located at 2920 Jefferson Blvd. in Los Angeles. You can reach the restaurant at (323)735-3376.

     Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based music reviewer, writer and photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]