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Concert review: Festival International brings epic, diverse sounds to Lafayette, Louisiana, April 27-May 1
The world showed up in Lafayette, Louisiana for Festival International. The 25-year celebration of international music was held over five days and six stages bringing international and celebrated local and American musical stars to Louisiana.
The music scenes are staged throughout the downtown area. The free festival is held annually on the last weekend in April and supported by corporate sponsors and revenues from the sale of festival pins and posters Food vendors featuring local Louisiana fare. There are world crafts as well as a juried art fair.
The festival begins on Wednesday’s single stage and expands to the full six stages on Saturday and Sunday. The Festival kicked off Wednesday evening with two bands from Lafayette: Horace Trahan and Lil’ Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers.
There were a number of venues that hosted bands after the festival ended for the evening. I chose the Blue Moon where Lil’ Band of Gold played on Wednesday. Lil’ Band of Gold is an all-star band featuring swamp pop legend Warren Storm. The rest of the week featured the Iguanas, The Bluerunners, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Cedric Watson; all were joined with international guest artists from the festival. The merging of the local and international artist showed how universal music is. Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Feufollet and the Zydepunks played the weekend at the nearby Artmosphere.
On Thursday the event expanded to two stages opening with Sonny Landreth, Master Drummers of Burundi, and Keb’ Mo’ at the Main Stage and Toubab Krewe, Rootz Underground and The Duhks at the Fais Do Do Stage. The distance between all stages was less than 10 blocks so it was very manageable to see the more than one set. Sonny Landreth, the renowned slide guitar player was followed by the opening ceremonies with the flags of all nations were carried across stage. The Drummers were a visual and musical crowd pleaser. The popular Winnipeg folk group, The Duhks, wowed the full crowd at the Fais Do Do Stage.