August 15 is an important holiday for Catholics everywhere. The Assumption of Mary, (or simply Assumption Day), is the celebratory acknowledgment of the Virgin Mary's entrance into heaven and is also the day chosen by our Canadian cousins to celebrate Acadian culture. Lafayette has always honored its Acadian heritage, but it's only recently that our local community has started to participate in Le 15 Aôut.

Vermilionville will host its annual Acadian Culture Day on Sunday, August 12 with live music performances by ace Cajun fiddler, Jason Bergeron, and Cajun harmony duo, the Babineaux Sisters. Other activities include a French table, film showings, canoeing, and cooking demonstrations. The theme for this year's event is What's Happening Now, and will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For this week's playlist, I have compiled a list of tunes that celebrate our South Louisiana French, and more specifically, Acadian culture. I added a couple of songs from Bergeron's all-star dance band, High Performance, The Band classic "Acadian Driftwood," Dewey Balfa's haunting "1755," as well as some tracks from the artists listed below.

Here are some other shows to catch this week in Lafayette.

Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Dueling Pianos with Julie and Ben
The Grouse Room

Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys (Early Show Series)
Artmopshere

Saturday, August 11 at 9:00 p.m.
Wayne Singleton and Same Ole Two-Step
Feed n' Seed

Saturday, August 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Rock n' Bowl

Saturday, August 11 at 9:30 p.m.
La Recolte Cajun Band
Blue Moon Saloon

Sunday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Acadian Culture Day
Vermilionville