Festival Fête de Famille
Festival International de Louisiane and
Sunday, September 29, 2013
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.
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
TJ Prade- 3:20pm
Notable Performances: Festival International, Crawfish Festival
Leblanc Family Band-3:40pm
Huval Fuselier Cajun Trio- 4:15pm
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.
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.
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.