Though Mardi Gras season officially starts on Twelfth Night, Lafayette doesn't really kick things off until two weeks before Fat Tuesday. The new Krewe de Canailles walking parade will get the party started for the Hub City on Friday, February 22. Their Louisiana folklore themed procession will go through downtown and end at Warehouse 535 with an after-party featuring Roddie Romero and the New Natives Brass Band.
After Saturday night's Rio Parade, right around the time all of the barricades are pushed back into the middle of Johnston St., Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole will be getting cranked up at the Blue Moon Saloon. You can count on hearing the multi-Grammy nominee and his band play a mix of old-school zydeco, haunting fiddle tunes and original creole compositions tailored to suit a dancing crowd.
Country comes to town on Sunday with the annual Courir de Mardi Gras dance at Vermilionville. The family-friendly fais do do will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with music provided by Feufollet starting at 1:00 p.m. The cultural center will also be offering classes on how to make a capuchon (traditional Mardi Gras hat) and how to bake your own king cake.
I put together a Lafayette style Carnival mix for this week's playlist with tracks by the artists mentioned above. You'll hear Cedric's take on the country Mardi Gras song, Feufollet's zydeco interpretation of Brian Eno's "Baby's on Fire" and Romero paying homage to Walter Mouton on his version of "Scott Playboy Special." I plan on compiling a sequel to this mixtape next week. Happy Mardi Gras!
Live music in Lafayette this week
Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
KDCG presents Dylan Aucoin and Sheryl Cormier
Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 .p.m
Friday, February 22 at 9:00 p.m.
Roddie Romero and the New Natives Brass Band
Saturday, February 23 at 9:30 .p.m
Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole
Blue Moon Saloon
Sunday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m.