The annual Festivals Acadiens et Creoles is set for Oct. 9, 10 and 11 in Lafayette, Louisiana. This is one of the best Cajun and Creole music events of the year!  Friday evening there’s a big concert downtown, and more music morning to early evening in Girard Park on Saturday and Sunday.  And it’s free!  Of course, do buy some food and drink to support the festival.  Music schedule.

There is a main stage, and heritage stage and, this year, the “Salle de danse” or dance hall.

The Friday evening concert is a special one:  A Cajun Country Homecoming featuring
Doug Kershaw, Jo-El Sonnier, Jimmy C. Newman.  And, as you know from reading here, Newman just turned 82.  He rarely plays Louisiana anymore, so this will be a special event.

Main stage picks:  Saturday Jimmy Breaux is playing with a group other than BeauSoleil (who is not on the schehedule).  Edward Poullard, Creole fiddler, brother of the late Danny Poullard.   On Sunday Bonsoir, Catin and Cedric Watson.

Heritage stage picks: Saturday, Robert Jardel & Pure Cajun, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and Pine Leaf Boys.  Sunday, Savoy Family Band, High Performance, and Lost Bayou Ramblers.  I am especially excited about High Performance.  High Performance is made up of Steve Riley on accordion, Jamey Bearb on violin and vocals, Kevin Dugas on drums, Jason Bergeron and Brazos Huval on pedal steel.  Riley and Dugas are also members of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys.  Their CD is the best Cajun recording this year, although Bonsoir, Catin‘s Vive l’Amour is a close second.