Cajun music is to Southwest Louisiana what jazz is to New Orleans--a way of life.
Photo: Art Meripol
Jim Phillips and his wife, Christy Leichty, are both artists and educators who fell in love with Cajun and Creole music while living in California. They started The Big Red Barn Montessori Farm & Camp and are building a performing arts studio for kids in St. Landry Parish. But it's not all work. Jim decided he didn't have the right gathering space for his circle of music-loving friends, so he bouth an old Texaco distribution center, moved it to a secret location, and outfitted it as a dance hall/theater called The Whirlybird. Some of the biggest names in Cajun music and beyond "pass a good time" there.