Two of Lafayette’s favorite events collide this weekend at Jefferson Street Pub. Festival International will celebrate its poster unveiling and release this year’s lineup with a Caribbean Mardi Gras themed party. Le Carnaval de Festival will take place during this Saturday’s ArtWalk.

The connection between South Louisiana and Haiti is undeniable, so what better way for Festival International to announce their musical guests AND kick off Carnival? Well, with an internationally acclaimed group. Lakou Mizik has been a fan favorite in Lafayette for years with their energetic performances and hypnotic, percussive dance parties. The 8 piece band recently released HaitiaNola - an album featuring collaborations with some of Louisiana’s top names, including our very own Lost Bayou Ramblers. 

For this week’s playlist, I’ll be focusing on Lakou Mizik’s latest record. You’ll hear “La Fanmi” featuring piano giant Jon Cleary and “Rasanbleman” with cellist Leyla McCalla. Lakou and King James and the Special Men team up on “Mizik Sa Yo”, while the nouveau Cajun sounds of the Lost Bayou Ramblers can be heard on “Grann”. I’ve also included tracks from Steve Riley, Geno Delafose, and Sailor Mouth in this edition of Lafayette Weekly.

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Live music in Lafayette this week

Friday, February 7 at 7:30 pm
International Accordion Kings feat. Steve Riley, Geno Delafose, Max Baca, and more 
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Friday, February 7 at 9:00 pm
Sailor Mouth, the Links, and the Good Samaritans 
Artmosphere

Saturday, February 8 at 6:30 pm
Carnaval de Festival feat. Lakou Mizik
Jefferson Street Pub

Saturday, February 8 at 9:00 pm
Wayne Toups plus Lane Mack
Rock n’ Bowl de Lafayette

Sunday, February 9 at 1:00 pm
Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express
Vermilionville