Dance to the music of Lesa Cormier & the Sundown Playboys as the Cajun French Music Association’s Youth Band plays along. Musical traditions are passed down through family lines, and the young Cajuns of today will be playing traditional music of their ancestors!
The Cajun French Music Association Dancers will help everyone learn how to Cajun Dance so they can cut a rug throughout the festival.
Sweet Crude premiered in Spring 2013. 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 pop music that we’d otherwise come up with given our influences. 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, “Our grandparents learned French, but our parents never really communicated with it, so now I feel it’s on the youth to preserve the tradition. It’s wonderful that there are so many Cajun bands singing in Louisiana, and we wanted to do the same thing but with our original music.”
Learn More About Sweet Crude: https://sweetcrudeband.bandcamp.com/
Check out their French/English music! Little Darling Song:
Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush is a young, energetic Zydeco band from Lake Charles, LA. They play everything from traditional Creole French songs to nouveau Zydeco music. They offer a great show that is suitable for all ages and have been known to make a crowd move. The band is led by Rusty Metoyer, a young self-taught musician native to Lake Charles. Rusty grew up with musical influences from some of his uncles as well as both of his grandfathers. All were self-taught musicians in Creole French, Zydeco, Jazz, & Blues. Staying true to his roots, Rusty learned to play the accordion through the traditional style of French music, and he is passionate about keeping his Creole heritage alive. Rusty is self-taught on other instruments as well, including drums, guitar, scrub board, and bass.
Check out Louisiana Summertime by Rusty Metoyer:
Known for his incredible stage performance, Sonnier has performed all across the world in 28 countries and in 49 states, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Edmonton Folk Festival to performances throughout Europe and South America and Japan. Jo-El is backed by six accomplished musicians which he calls, “Louisiana Pride.” Jo-EL was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner for 2015.
Learn more about Jo-EL: http://jo-elsonnier.com/biography/