Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Lafayette’s annual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, held the second full weekend in October, provides the ideal opportunity to discover Lafayette’s blend of food, music and culture that makes the city so unique. For over 40 years this free festival has offered locals and visitors alike the opportunity to experience three days of nonstop music, dancing, food as well as crafts and a genuine Cajun and Creole experience like no other. See below for a complete list of performers for 2016.

Upcoming Festival Dates

October 14-16, 2016
October 13-15, 2017
October 12-14, 2018
October 11-13, 2019
October 9-11, 2020

2016 Music Schedule

Friday, Oct. 14

Scène Ma Louisiane
5:30 - 6:45: Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
7:00 - 8:45: Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars with Special Guests Lil' Buck Sinegal & Sonny Landreth

Saturday, Oct. 15

Scène Ma Louisiane
9:30 - 10:15: TintaMardiGras
10:30 - 11:30: La Récolte
11:45 - 12:45: Jr. Hebert and the Maurice Playboys
1:00 - 2:15: Lil' Wayne and Same Old Two-Step
2:30 - 3:30: Balfa Toujours
3:45 - 4:45: Jackie Caillier and the Cajun Cousins
5:00 - 6:00: Feufollet
6:15 - 7:45: Pine Leaf Boys

Scène Mon Héritage
10:45 - 11:45: Kira Viator and Bayou Beat
12:00 - 1:00: Lost Bayou Ramblers
1:15 - 2:15: Zydeco Radio
2:30 - 3:30: Reuben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution
3:45 - 4:45: Bonsoir Catin
5:00 - 6:30: Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie

Salle de Danse
10:30 - 11:30: Jambalaya
11:45 - 12:45: Savoy Family Band
1:00 - 2:00: Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
2:15 - 3:15: Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys
3:30 - 4:45: TK Hulin, featuring Charlene Howard & Steve Adams
5:00 - 6:30: Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Atelier
11:30 - 12:30: Cajun Dance Halls and Zydeco Clubs: Philip Gould, Herman Fuselier, John "Pudd" Sharp & Ray Abshire; moderated by Dr. Barry Ancelet
12:45 - 1:45: The Queen and her Court: Sheryl Cormier, Kira Viator & Kristi Guillory with Special Guest Russel Cormier
2:00 - 3:00: Swamp Pop Gold: TK Hulin, Charlene Howard & Steve Adams; moderated by Patrick Mould
3:15 - 4:15: Sam Broussard & Dr. Barry Ancelet: Broken Promised Land; moderated by David Greely
4:30 - 5:30: T'Monde

Anniversary Stage
11:00 - 12:00: Mid City Aces
12:15 - 1:15: JJ Caillier and the Zydeco Knockouts
1:30 - 2:30: Magnolia Sisters
2:45 - 3:45: Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush
4:00 - 5:00: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters
5:15 - 6:15: Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys

Jam Ça!
12:00 - 1:15: Corey Ledet
1:30 - 2:45: Sarah Jayde Williams
3:00 - 4:15: Joel Savoy

Sunday, Oct. 16

Scène Ma Louisiane
10:30 - 11:30: Ryan Brunet et Les Férailles
11:45 - 12:45: Jason Frey & Lagniappe
1:00 - 2:00: High Performance
2:15 - 3:15: Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys
3:30 - 4:30: Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole
4:45 - 5:45: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
6:00 - 7:30: Wayne Toups and ZydeCajun

Scène Mon Héritage
10:30 - 11:30: Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun
11:45 - 12:45: Babineaux Sisters
1:00 - 2:00: Chris Ardoin & Nu Ste
2:15 - 3:15: Courtbouillon
3:30 - 5:00: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band
5:15 - 6:30: Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express

Salle de Danse
9:00 - 10:30: French Mass
11:00 - 12:00: Donnie Broussard and the Cajun Stars
12:15 - 1:15: Preston Frank and Frank Family Band
1:30 - 2:30: The Revelers (Presented by Festival International de Louisiane)
2:45 - 3:45: Ward Lormand and the Has Beans with Special Guests Mike Hanisee & Tommy McLain (Presented by Festival International de Louisiane)
4:00 - 5:30: Creole Stringbeans Swamp Pop Revue with Special Guests GG Shin & Tommy McClain (Presented by Festival International de Louisiane)

Atelier
11:30 - 12:30: Outside In Cajun Musicians: Daniel Coolick, Elsabeth Kreough & Chas Justus; moderated by David Greely
12:45 - 1:45: Female Fiddle Summit: Sarah Jayde Williams, Anya Burgess & Gina Forsyth
2:00 - 3:00: Creole Fiddlers: Cedric Watson, Ed Poullard & Djalma Garnier
3:15 - 4:15: Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys; moderated by Darrell Bourque
4:30 - 5:30: Ray Abshire & Friends

Anniversary Stage
11:00 - 12:00: The Pot Luck Band
12:15 - 1:15: Huval-Fuselier Cajun Trio
1:30 - 2:30: Kyle Huval and the Dixie Ramblers
2:45 - 3:45: Jesse Legé & Bayou Brew
4:00 - 5:00: Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Road Runners
5:15 - 6:15: Richard LeBoeuf and Two-Step

Jam Ça!
12:00 - 1:15: Sheryl Cormier
1:30 - 2:45: Roddie Romero and the Angelle Aces
3:00 - 4:15: Chris Ardoin

Clifton Chenier 1975 - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
History of Festival Acadiens et Creole

In the 1930s folklorists John and Alan Lomax visited South Louisiana to record Cajun and Creole songs to be added to the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song, now the Archive of Folk Culture. It was the first time Cajun and Creole songs were captured on tape for archival purposes.

In 1964, Dewey Balfa, Gladdie Thibodeaux and Louis “Vinesse” Lejeune were invited to perform at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island — the first Cajun musicians ever accorded that honor. Balfa didn’t know how the South Louisiana music would be received and was surprised that audience members sat and listened, as opposed to dancing like they did back home.

At the end of Dewey Balfa’s set, the audience responded with a standing ovation.

Doopsie and Dewey 1982 - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Buoyed by Lomax and inspired by Newport, Balfa was determined to ignite that same respect and adoration in his home state. He came back to Louisiana with a purpose to bring home the echo of that Newport applause back to Louisiana.

The result was “A Tribute to Cajun Music” on March 26, 1974, in Lafayette’s Blackham Coliseum, a culturally significant event that would evolve into today’s Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, a culturally rich, multi-layered free festival.

More than 40 years later Festivals Acadiens et Creoles continues to evolve and celebrate the cultures of South Louisiana in Lafayette, the heart of Cajun & Creole Country, with a combination of food, music and cultural demonstrations.

Bois Sec Canray 1975 - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

 

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