The South Louisiana Blackpot Festival is celebrating its 13th year this weekend, and as always will host a large, eclectic mix of American music. The two-day campout gathering of roots musicians and competing cooks was the brainchild of the late artist and entrepreneur Jillian Johnson, and Cajun swing band the Red Stick Ramblers. Now into its second decade, Blackpot has grown to be perhaps the third most popular festival in Lafayette, only behind Festival International and Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.
Stationed at Vermilionville (a local cultural center named after our city’s original title), the festival gives visitors a chance to see antebellum creole cottages and Acadian homes without having to drive to surrounding rural areas. However, campers aren't allowed to crash in the simulated village but instead the nearby baseball park. Blackpot has become famous not only for non-stop dancing at the main stage and intimate chapel concerts but also for late night campsite jams. Some of the best music is often at the tent next door. These sessions are usually accompanied with a simmering dutch oven of local cuisine and a bottle of cheap whiskey.
For this week's playlist, I compiled a mix of music from the artists performing at this year's festival. You'll hear from Blackpot staples like the Pine Leaf Boys, The Revelers, and zydeco legend Preston Frank. I also added tracks from the Tex-Mex supergroup Los Texmaniacs, New York-based folk duo Richie and Rosie, and New Orleans swamp poppers Creole String Beans.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Freetown Unplugged: Miss Carol Fran
Freetown Boom Boom Room
Thursday, October 25 at 9:30 p.m.
Feufollet and Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rodailleurs
Rock n' Bowl
Friday, October 26 - Saturday, October 27
The South Louisiana Blackpot Festival
Friday, October 26 at 10:00 p.m.
Durwood Halloween Party
The Wurst Biergarten
Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 p.m.
Halloween Party ft. Magic Crawfish and Kilo Palms
Blue Moon Saloon