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  • Festival Fête de Famille

     presented by

    Festival International de Louisiane and

     

    Sunday, September 29, 2013

    3pm-10pm

    Blue Moon Saloon and Guesthouse

    215 Convent Street

    Lafayette, La 70501

    Festival Fête de Famille is scheduled in advance of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles as a way for both music Festivals to engage the community, celebrate south Louisiana's unique French culture and, invite higher public engagement of both festivals through volunteer and partnership opportunities.

    The daytime portion of the event is from 3pm-5:00 pm and features free admission and family friendly activities including; a themed photo booth, food, arts and crafts, live music, and Cajun and Zydeco dance instruction.

    *Delicious food will be available for purchase from The Saint Street Inn and Bread & Circus Provisions.

    The evening portion of the event begins at 6pm with $15 admission fee and features a francophone inspired music lineup.

    Festival Fête de Famille features a stellar live music lineup including: Brazos Huval's Music students, (LeBlanc Family Cajun Band, The Thibodeaux Family Band, TJ Prade) Huval Fuselier Cajun Trio, New Orleans indie rock septet Sweet Crude, The Viatones and, Racines featuring Steve Riley, Mitch Reed, Kevin Wimmer, Chris Stafford & Glenn Fields with special guest Geno Delafose


    Brazos Huval's Music Student performers:

    Thibodeaux Family Band -3pm


       Notable Performances:  Festival Acadiens, Festival International, Crawfish Festival
          Zach Thibodeaux is 11.  He is in 6th grade.  He's been playing guitar for 2 years
          Ana Thibodeaux is 6.  She is in 2nd grade.  She's been playing fiddle for 1 year.

     TJ Prade- 3:20pm

       

    Notable Performances:  Festival International,  Crawfish Festival
           T.J. Prade is 13.  He is in 8th grade.  He's been playing accordion for 6 months

     Leblanc Family Band-3:40pm


       Notable Performances:  Festival Acadiens, Crawfish Festival, Pepper Festival.
          Buddy LeBlanc is 10. He is in 5th grade.  He's been playing guitar for 5 years.
          Paige LeBlanc is 10.  She is in 5th grade.  She's been playing fiddle for 4 years.
          Leiton LeBlanc is 12.  She is in 7th grade.  She's been playing fiddle for 4 years.

    Huval Fuselier Cajun Trio- 4:15pm


    Luke Huval (accordion/vocals), age 14, Zachary Fuselier (fiddle/vocals), age 15 and Luke's brother, Phillip (acoustic guitar/vocals), age 18, make up this authentic and exciting Cajun music trio. All three boys were educated in the French Immersion program in the Lafayette Parish school system, which means they understand every word of the classic and original Cajun songs they are singing. Already accomplished musicians, each of them of have received numerous awards for their musical talents. Their first CD, in collaboration with others, was nominated for 2012 "Best Cajun Album" by the New Orleans-based Offbeat Magazine.
    Whether or not you are hearing them for the first time, you will quickly find out why so many are astonished with the talent of these young musicians and see them as the future torch bearers of our Cajun culture.

    Sweet Crude-6:00pm


    Sweet Crude, a young 7-piece composed largely of New Orleans indie rock mainstays, has created a sound that sets Louisiana's native French dialect to decidedly non-Cajun music. The band, boasting surnames like Marceaux, Arceneaux, and Chachere, seeks to reconnect with their lineage in the context of 4-part harmonies, tribal rhythms, and pop hooks. "We're making the quirky, energetic indie pop that we'd otherwise come up with as creative New Orleans musicians. We've got five people playing drums, we've got everybody singing, shouting, and dancing. We're just singing a lot of the time in Louisiana French.  We want to show that the language is still alive and kicking, and that it sounds great in any genre," says primary lyricist Sam Craft.  
    Sweet Crude is made up of members of local outfits Glasgow, Alexis & the Samurai, and Big Rock Candy Mountain, to name a few, and just debuted earlier this year.  Their buzz, however, belies their newness.  According to Craft, "Because of social media, we've had loads of francophones come to the first few shows we've had because they heard about our mission.  And then we've had plenty of people totally unaware of the plight of Louisiana French show up just because they want to dance and have a good time. We're basically trying to make something that's healthy and tastes good too." The band aims to ramp up their touring this coming fall in support of an upcoming EP release. 

    The Viatones- 7:15pm

     

    The Viatones are a rock'n'roll quintent from Lafayette, LA comprised of some of the best musicians in the area. A super-group of sorts (according to some), each member is a front-man in his own right. Members of the Viatones include Blayze Viator, Two-time Grammy nominee Chris Stafford, Singer-songwriter Christiaan Mader on Base, and drummer Peter Dehart. Over a period of 9 years, the band performed regularly at nearly every premiere venue in Nashville, and released two full-length albums. In 2007 and 2009, The Viatones performed at Vanderbilt's Rites of Spring Music Festival, opening for Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips and Old Crow Medicine Show. Considering the many musical undertakings of each individual, the fact that they have a band together is pretty amazing. This also makes The Viatones a rare commodity. The lads attract listeners of all ages as they bridge the gap by fusing the was of the old with the new. This group of talented friends were brought together by their love of old rock-n-roll which bleeds through on all of their songs. The band currently has one self-released album, "Introducing The Viatones" (2011). In 2012, they performed at the best international music festival on earth, Festival International de Louisiane. The Viatones are currently working on a new record to be released in 2013.

    Racines Reunion Show- 8:30pm
    (featuring Steve Riley, Mitch Reed, Kevin Wimmer, Chris Stafford and Glenn Fields)
    with Special Guest Geno Delafosse


    The late Dewey Balfa once said “A culture is like a tree, you have to water the roots, but you can’t go cutting off the branches every time the tree tries to grow”. Well, Racines (which means “roots” in French) both waters the roots and stretches outward. A collaborative project of five gentlemen who are all well-known Cajun musicians in their own right, Racines explores the varying musical traditions that call Southwest Louisiana home: Cajun music, Zydeco, blues and more.

    Steve Riley (The Mamou Playboys, Lil Band O’ Gold) – Accordion, Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
    Kevin Wimmer (Balfa Toujours, The Red Stick Ramblers) – Fiddle, Vocals
    Mitchell Reed (Beausoleil, Charivari) – Bass, Fiddle
    Chris Stafford (La Bande Feufollet, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole) – Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel
    Glenn Fields (The Red Stick Ramblers) – Drums

    Geno Delafosse - 8:30pm

     

    Geno Delafosse  is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose.

    Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player and continued to play with the band until his father’s death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father.

    In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin’ Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybody’s Dancin’ in 2003. He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records.

    He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album” category for his Le Cowboy Creole album (2007).

     


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