If you want to find out more, much more, about Cajun music from 1928 through 1960, do yourself a favor and read the blog Early Cajun Music.  One song is treated in each posting, taken from the author’s 78 collection.  It’s still new, starting up in August 2014, and I really hope it will be kept up.  The author is anonymous, but maintains several other Louisiana-related blogs.  Links are well chosen, for artists and songs, usually pointing to Wikipedia and YouTube recordings.  Lyrics are given in French or English, from the original.  There may also be photos of artists and old 78s.  And each post contains footnotes, so you can learn more!  If you are at all curious about Cajun music’s past, this a great place to go.

Here is the great Cajun accordionist and singer, Ray Abshire, performing with Balfa Toujours at the 2011 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette, LA.  From left: Courtney Granger (violin), Kevin Wimmer (violin), Ray Abshire (accordion), Christine Balfa (guitar) and Yvette Landry (bass).  And sorry, but don’t know the drummer.  Also don’t recognize the song, and it’s one of the smaller performance spaces, not the main stage or the heritage stage. 

Here’s the music lineup by day with times and locations.  More performance spaces this year!

Friday, October 10 – Scène Ma Louisiane

5:00 Fortieth Anniversary of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Official Kickoff and Cutting of the Boudin
5:30 – 7:00 Tribute to Balfa Brothers Tribute: Balfa Toujours, with Special Guest Tony Balfa, Peter Schwartz, Ray Abshire
7:15 – 8:45 Tribute to Clifton Chenier: Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band featuring Lil Buck Senegal, with Special Guest C.J. Chenier

Saturday, October 11 – Scène Ma Louisiane

10:30 – 11:30 Ray Abshire and Friends
11:45 – 12:45 T-Salé with tribute to Cyp and Adam Landreneau
1:00 – 2:15 Jambalaya, with Vin Bruce and D. L. Menard
2:30 – 3:30 Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
3:45 – 4:45 Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet & Joel Sonnier
5:00 – 6:00 Feufollet
6:15 – 7:45 Wayne Toups ZydeCajun

Saturday, October 11 – Scene Mon Heritage

10:45 – 11:45 Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sound
12:00 – 1:00 Sons of Voodoo
1:15 – 2:15 Courtbouillon
2:30 – 3:30 Bonsoir Catin
3:45 – 4:45 The Revelers Presented by Festival International de Louisiane
5:00 – 6:30 Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars

Saturday, October 11 – Salle de Danse

11:00 – 12:00 Lafayette Rhythm Devils
12:15 – 1:15 Mercy Brothers
1:30 – 2:30 Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band
2:45 – 3:45 High Performance
2:45 – 3:45 Warren Storm, Willie T and Cypress, with Special Guest T.K. Hulin

Saturday, October 11 – Anniversary Stage

11:30 – 12:30 The Legacy of Rockin’ Dopsie — Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Anthony Dopsie
12:45 – 1:45 John & Alan Lomax, Ralph Rinzer & Festivals Acadiens et Créoles: Cultural Guided Missiles — Josh Caffery, Nick Spitzer, Barry Ancelet, Nathan Salsberg
2:00 – 3:00 Crafts, Portraits, and Cuisine through the Decades — Francis Pavy, Robert Dafford, Benny Graeff, Philip Gould, Miles Peterson, Patrick Mould
3:15 – 4:15 A Conversation with Wayne Toups
4:30 – 5:30 The Legacy of Balfa and Chenier — Christine Balfa, C.J. Chenier

Saturday, October 11 – Atelier

11:30 – 12:30 One Generation at a Time: Families That Play Together – Christine Balfa & Amelia & Sophie Powell, Steve, Elise, Burke & Dolsy Riley
12:45 – 1:45 Fiddlers with Amps — Jamie Bearb, Jason Bergeron, Travis Matte
2:00 – 3:00 Archives to Itunes — Michael Doucet, Chris Segura, Josh Caffery, David Greely, Moderated by Barry Ancelet
3:15 – 4:15 One Generation at a Time: Families That Play Together – Mike, Cameron & Cade Dupuis, Travis & Janson Matte
4:30 – 5:30 Creole Fiddle Summit Presented by Festival International — Jeffrey Broussard, Morris Ardoin, Djalma Garnier

Saturday, October 11 – Jam des Amis Tent

12:00 – 1:15 Kristi Guillory
1:30 – 2:45 The Angelle Aces with Mitch Reed
3:00 – 4:15 Terry Huval & Sons

Sunday, October 12 – Scène Ma Louisiane

10:30 – 11:30 Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys
11:45 – 12:45 Dexter Ardoin and the Creole Ramblers
1:00 – 2:00 Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys
2:15 – 3:15 Robert Jardell tribute to Nathan Abshire
3:30 – 4:30 Bruce Daigrepont
4:45 – 5:45 Savoy Family Band
6:00 – 7:15 Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Sunday, October 12 – Scene Mon Heritage

9:00 – 10:00  French Mass
10:30 – 11:30 Chubby Carriere & Bayou Swamp Band
11:45 – 12:45 The Babineaux Sisters
1:00 – 2:00 Lost Bayou Ramblers
2:15 – 3:15 Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie
3:30 – 4:45 Horace Trahan and the New Ossun Express
5:00 – 6:30 Pineleaf Boys

Sunday, October 12 – Salle de Danse

11:00 – 12:00  TBA
12:15 – 1:15 Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys
1:30 – 2:30 Sweet Crude Presented by Festival International de Louisiane
2:45 – 3:45 Richard LeBoeuf and Two-Step
4:00 – 5:30 The Traiteurs Tribute to Al Berard featuring Sweet Cecilia, Roddie Romero & Special Guest

Sunday, October 12 – Anniversary Stage

11:30 – 12:30 Louisiana Festivals: A New Kind of House Dance — Chris Ardoin, Goldman Thibodeaux
12:45 – 1:45 Festivals Acadiens…ET Créoles — Jeffrey Broussard and Richard Lebeouf
2:00 – 3:00 Forty Years of Festival Memories: Barry Ancelet, Patrick Mould, Keith Cravey, Mark Savoy, & Ray Abshire
3:15 – 4:15 One Generation at a Time: Families That Play Together – Terry, Phillip & Luke Huval, Yvette & Trevor Landry, Richard & Stephen Comeaux
4:30 – 5:30 Young Talents on Stage – Babineaux Sisters, Huval Brothers, Megan & Briggs Brown Moderated by Roddie Romero

Sunday, October 12 – Atelier

11:30 – 12:30 Romantic Negotiations in Song–Marce LaCouture, Megan Brown, David Greely
12:45 – 1:45 Accordion Workshop — Corey Ledet, Roddie Romero Moderated by Patrick Mould
2:00 – 3:00 Women’s Ballads — Ann Savoy & Jane Vidrine
3:15 – 4:15 David Greely Solo
4:30 – 5:30 Milton & Orsy Vanicor with Chris Miller

Sunday, October 12 – Jam des Amis Tent

12:00 – 1:15 Terry Domingue
1:30 – 2:45 The Babineaux Sisters
3:00 – 4:15 Kevin Wimmer

Absolutely no ice chests allowed on festival grounds. For safety purposes, open fires/pits, glass containers, bicycles, skateboards, RVs and pets are also not allowed.
Schedule subject to change without notice.

Here are Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys performing an instrumental version of Zydeco a pas sale (also known as Zydeco sont pas sale or The snap beans aren’t salty) at the Institute of Musical Traditions in Rockville, Maryland on May 21, 2012.  He’s using the smaller diatonic accordion, so it sounds different from the usual Clifton Chenier version we’re used to.  Broussard was a member of Zydeco Force before they broke up.  This is a very professional-looking video, made with multiple cameras. 

Michael Doucet recently went to Cuba and declared the environment and music very much like south Louisiana.  He went on the tour to hear music and found it everywhere he went, with a tour group.  Doucet and his band, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, are well known for experimenting and extending Cajun music.  They’ve incorporated rock and roll (“Not fade away”), surf (“Atchafalaya pipeline”), Latin (“Hey Baby, quoi ca dit?”) and other music.  Maybe we’ll hear some danzon on their next album!

The Cajun French Music Association annual Le Cajun Awards were given out Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.  Herman Fuselier reports in The Lafayette Advertiser that Travis Matte took home the most awards for his recording Old Time Cajun Songs (Mhat MP-04009).  Other winner included Lee Benoit, Courtney Granger, Felton Lejeune and Ray Abshire.  Germany’s Cajun Roosters took the non-Louisiana Cajun band prize, their second since 2007. 

August 15th is the Acadian National Day, and here are three videos from the town of Carquet, New Brunswick, Canada.  They celebrate the day with a tintamarre, a noisy parade through the city.  The first video uses Zachary Richard’s song Reveille (Bayou des mysteres. Arzed Records. RZ-CD-1017. 1976. CD).  It opens with the Canadian Acadian flag, a French flag with a yellow star in the upper left.  There is also a Louisiana Acadian flag, which uses red, blue and white but has a very different design (top right here).


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