Festival International de Louisiane started in 1986 to celebrate its native cultures through performing arts. It is committed to maintaining the venue as a free, community-supported event.
Things are very quiet Friday, not busy Saturday and just dead Sunday (perhaps a Mother's Day weekend break for most local acts?), but a few options meeting my approval are available.
Always uplifting, Florida-based JJ Grey & Mofro returned to the Pageant on Saturday night with their special blend of swampy Southern blues-rock. Against a backdrop depicting the cover art from the band's new album, "Ol' Glory," -- a silhouette of two deer beneath the twisting branches of a tree -- the band put forth an energetic two-plus-hour set featuring both new material and old favorites, beginning with the funky-slow drawl of "Mississippi."
Anyone not at the Firebird on Friday Night was at the wrong party.