The Musical Rhythm of Acadiana
Young musicians know they must be able to sing in Louisiana French for credibility, and so music has become a powerful force in saving this almost-lost language. New musicians like Bijou Creole and the Pine Leaf Boys are taking the music to a new generation of listeners.
Preserving the Past
Ann says she loves watching her kids "let all the Cajun things in them come out," and watching the music evolve with the next generation.
Embracing the Present
Looking Forward for A New Generation
Experience the Music
•Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
•Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers
•Lost Bayou Ramblers
•Pine Leaf Boys
•Red Stick Ramblers
•The Magnolia Sisters
•The Savoy Family Cajun Band
Hear It Live
•Lakeview Park Dance Hall, Eunice: In an old barn in an RV park; young musicians swear by the dance floor.; lvpark.com
•Liberty Theater, Eunice: Live radio broadcast of Rendezvous des Cajuns every Saturday night.; eunice-la.com/libertyschedule.html
•Savoy Music Center, U.S. 190 between Eunice and Lawtell: Acoustic jam sessions on Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.; savoymusiccenter.com
•Cafe Des Amis, Breaux Bridge: Serves up live music and crawfish etoufee for breakfast on Saturday mornings.; cafedesamis.com
•La Poussiere, Breaux Bridge: Only remaining traditional French club. Serious dancers on a serious dance floor.;lapoussiere.com
•Fred's Lounge, Mamou: Live Cajun music and dancing at a bar open only on Saturday mornings--bands usually finished by noon. (337/468-5411)
•KRVS Radio Acadie: Plays Cajun, blues, jazz, and more (FM 88.7 or krvs.org).
Travel to Lafayette
For more on lodging, dining, and the nightlife around Lafayette, visit lafayettetravel.com or call 800/346-1958.