Much like Jazz Fest in New Orlean, the after hour shows during Festival International are a big part of the draw for Lafayette’s most celebrated weekend. Through the years the corner of Convent St. and Johnston has been ground zero for live music downtown and this week is by far it will be the biggest for both Artmosphere and the Blue Moon Saloon.

The week long festival fais do do at Artmosphere will be led by a familiar lineup of bands that includes the Pine Leaf Boys and the Revelers. Across the street, the Blue Moon will be hosting their now famous Rhythm and Roots series that pairs a local group with an international artist. Givers will jam with Gato Preto on Thursday night while fiddler Jourdan Thibodeaux and his band the Rôdailleurs will collaborate on Friday with New Brunswick freak rockers Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire. A little further down the street Mike Broussard and his Nu Edition Zydeko will be headlining the late night Double Dutch and Double Cultch party at the famed Freetown plate lunch diner the Acadian Superette. Mike and his band will share the bill with up and coming Cajun stars the Daiquiri Queens on Friday night. 

I made an extended playlist for this week’s mixtape that includes music from many international artists performing at this year’s festival as well as the groups mentioned above. You’ll hear the latest from Mike Broussard, afrofuturistic jams from Gato Preto, and cumbia by Doctor Nativo from Guatemalan. Also in the mix is some Acadian prog rock from Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, a couple of tracks from West African guitar wizard Mdou Mactor, and a selection from Cedric Watson’s Creole Moon (featuring Senegalese kora master Morikeba Kouyatewhich) which was recorded during a Rhythm and Roots performance years ago. 

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Live music in Lafayette this week

Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00pm
Festival International opening night with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys & Keith Frank Scène Fais Do Do

Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00pm
Festival Kick Off Party with Soul Creole
Rêve Coffee Roasters

Thursday, April 25 at 9:00pm
Givers plus Gato Preto
Blue Moon Saloon

Friday, April 26 at 10:00pm
Clandestine Collective Silent Disco
Tsunami 

Friday, April 26 at 10:00pm
Double Dutch and Double Cultch featuring Mike Broussard and the Daiquiri Queens
The Acadian Superette

Friday, April 26 at 10:00pm
Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs with Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
Blue Moon Saloon

Friday, April 26 at 10:00pm
Brother Dege plus Lâchez Prise avec Michael Doucet
The Pearl 

Saturday, April 27 at 9:00pm
The Revelers with special guest Preston Frank
Artmosphere

Saturday, April 27 at 9:00pm
Social Circle album release show with LVVRS and Sailor Mouth
The Pearl

Sunday, April 27 at 8:00pm
Sweet Crude plus International Jan hosted by Feufollet
Blue Moon Saloon