Hear the story of how Junior Martin and his family began making custom crafted diatonic accordions used by professionals and amateurs musicians around the world. Learn about the many steps in creating the accordion from the artist himself and sit back in delight as he gives you a demonstration of how this joyous instrument is played.
Mouton’s is one of the oldest running Cajun accordion shops offering Cajun, Zydeco and Tex-Mex accordions. Mouton also offers lessons and instrument repair as well as leather straps, cases, microphones and other accessories.
SOLA works with players of all levels, from students to professionals, and from all genres, from Cajun & Creole to Classical. The shop is in downtown Lafayette, LA, and serves musicians throughout the region, including Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, New Orleans and Alexandria. The shop is owned and operated by triple GRAMMY nominee, Anya Burgess and also employs other musicians from the area.
Get a true taste of local music by visiting one of the many jam sessions in Lafayette, LA. Local and visiting musicians of all ages gather and play instruments ranging from accordion, fiddle, guitar and ti-fer or triangle. Everyone is invited to watch and if there’s enough room, to dance. If you listen closely you can hear musicians catching up in their native French between songs.
Experience artifacts and memorabilia on display related to Cajun music and culture in the historic city of Eunice, the official home for the Liberty Museum and the Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
The Liberty Theatre in Eunice has been home to Cajun music performances for nearly 100 years. The theatre is located in the renovated 1924 movie house and is home to a weekly radio music show with Cajun bands and dancing. The emcee hosts the show in French in the format of the Grand Old Opry and Louisiana Hayride.
Lafayette crowds can’t sit still when good music is played. Dancing is half the fun! Dance like a local with Cajun & Zydeco dance lessons covering everything from the two-step to a waltz. No matter the dance floor, be it your typical wooden floor, a concrete slab and even a patch of green grass in front of the stage, us locals in Lafayette will find a way to dance on it. It’s not about how well you can move, but the fun you have while moving to the music!
Vermilionville is a 23-acre historic and folklife park along the banks of the Bayou Vermilion that depicts the Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures from the time period 1765 – 1890. This historic village features guided tours, costumed artisans, live music, cooking school, dance lessons, boat tours, and a gift shop that will leave you overjoyed with history and culture.
In addition to being known as the Cajun & Creole Country, Lafayette, LA is also known as the Heartbeat of Acadiana and with good reason. Our distinctive mix of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco have people coming down from all over for a two-stepping good time in our honky tonks and dance halls. On any night of the week you can listen to live music while sampling some authentic Cajun & Creole cuisine or kickback with a sazarac that will have your taste buds dancing as much as your feet.
Our fun, casual Cajun taste tours take you off the beaten path to include at least 5 tasting stops at local favorites.. all included in the price! You’ll taste many Cajun originals like boudin, king cake, etouffee, gumbo, fried seafood, cracklin’ and more! Come hungry so you can enjoy!
Tour the history and production of TABASCO® Sauce on Avery Island, Louisiana. Including: TABASCO® Museum, Pepper Greenhouse, Barrel Warehouse, Blending and Bottling, Avery Island Conservation, Salt Mine diorama, TABASCO® Country Store, and 1868! Restaurant.
Discover the natural beauty of south Louisiana with local guides. Tour the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, also known as “America’s Foreign Country.” See pelicans, alligators, and more on majestic Lake Martin.
Kick off your Folk Alliance trip right! Get a concentrated taste of Lafayette’s thriving music and dance scene with two packed nights at multiple venues, all within a 10-minute walk. One wristband gets you in to all the action. Artists and schedule TBA, but mark your calendar now and sign up here to be the first to know.