Sunday October 12, 2014 dawns sunny and hot, much like the bucket full of music that's been pouring from stages at the 40th Festival Acadiens et Creole in Lafayette, LA since Friday night.
Dancing in a Dust Bowl: an annual occurrence...by Sunday, the grass in front of the main stage (Scène Ma Louisiane) has been relentlessly pummeled into dust by hundreds of pairs of happy feet - raising clouds of dust so thick last year that dancers wore bandanas...at times, it looked like Jesse James rode into town. Not so bad this year - not that we didn't try. The solution - get out of the way when the 'hose man' appears then get right back to business.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6PJkisZRHs&list=UUpO59RlFb0TWCXQLKYfisdA&index=27
Girard Park, 33 acres with places for kids to play and families to spread out.
Special stage, Scène Anniversaire, for 40th Anniversary acts to play: here Goldman Thibodeaux with Zydeco Joe Pilot and Courtney Fuller.https://ptatlarge.typepad.com/ptatlarge/2014/10/festival-acadiens-et-creole-goldman-thibodeaux.html
Over at the Scéne Mon Heritage the millenial generation of Cajun musicians, The Babineaux Sisters (15 and 13), sing exclusively in French, cover classic Cajun and tackle songs like "All Along The Watchtower"!
Walter Mouton, beloved Cajun accordionist, with crackerjack pedal steel, fiddle, bass, drums, still has it....as dancers can attest. The dance floor in pic is only mildly crowded.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lrzEppKCms&index=31&list=UUpO59RlFb0TWCXQLKYfisdA
Kevin Naquin plays right through as "the hose man" wets down the dust...
He'll even hose off your feet while Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys plays a sweet Swamp Pop tune
The two main stages, Scène Ma Louisiane, and Scène Mon Heritage, are surrounded by spectators and dancers; Richard LeBoeuf and TwoStep rock out under the tent as Salle de Danse. With its temporary wood floor, this is one very popular scene. If you're claustrophobic, don't even think about stepping onto the dance floor.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r85m4X8sGE&list=UUpO59RlFb0TWCXQLKYfisdA&index=25
The Savoy Family Band - a nuclear family that is the bomb when they perform together. Note for note, instrument to instrument, strings to bellows, it's the most talented family you'll ever find sharing a stage. Accordion building, photography, film making, record producing, keepers of the flame for southwest Louisiana Cajun music, and shining performers of music at its highest level. R photo: friends of the late Al Berard perform in his memory.
Bruce Daigrepont has had one instrument or another in his hands since he was listening to his family sing traditional Cajun songs as a boy. Now a master of the accordion, all he needs is his cohort Gina Forsyth on fiddle, a bass player and drums to create as full, compact, and authentic Cajun sound you'll hear on any stage. HIs singing voice is the proto-typical high-register plaintive "cri de coeur" that's been heard from the bayous to the prairies of southwest Louisiana for over 200 years. pt with New Orleans native he met at the 6th Annual Gospel Choir Convention in New Orleans in September!
Yes, my friends, that's a parrot on my shoulder - hopped on as a friendly gesture after we all took a ride while dancing a waltz with its owner! "Reach into my bag for a kleenex, he just pooped on my shoulder," she said nonchalantly during said waltz. Gotta love the vibe in Lafayette!
Photos and videos by Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.