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Festival International de Louisiane Unveils 2019 Lineup

Festival International de Louisiane has released its 2019 concert lineup. This year’s artists will include Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast), Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti), and the United States’ master of funk pedal steel guitar: Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

The 33rd-year’s program includes international performers representing 24 different countries and regions, combining new artists with some returning favorites.

“We searched high and low to find a perfect balance of traditional and contemporary sounds, so there is something for everyone this year,” said Festival International Programming Director Lisa Stafford.

Sudan will be represented at Festival for the first time ever with Alsarah and the Nubatones,” Stafford added.  “Mozambique-influenced artist Gato Preto will also be making waves. I can’t wait to see these groups in person!”

El Septeto Santiaguero

Also new to the festival this year are El Septeto Santiaguero, of Cuba; and Doctor Nativo, of Guatemala. Returning this year, by popular demand, will be New Brunswick’s Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire (AKA the “super-talented and hilarious Québécois man in a dress”).  

As usual, Festival International focuses on bringing in French-speaking musicians to share their language and diverse cultures with Lafayette. This year, the artists the francophone countries featured include Haiti (Moonlight Benjamin and Boukman Eksperyans), Niger (Mdou Moctar) and France (Bagad Plougastell and Akalé Wubé).

The bill for Louisiana’s homegrown artists includes The Blue Monday Allstars’ Living Legends Tribute will bring the talent of Carol Fran, Henry Gray and Lil’ Buck Sinegal onto one stage to share the light they have cast onto music lovers for decades. Joining this once-in-a-lifetime set will be special guests: Smokehouse Porter & Miss Mamie; Marc Broussard; Lee Allen Zeno; Steve Adams; Tony Goulas; Kent August; Ron Eades and much more.

It is a rare chance to see all of these legends in one place,” said Festival International Executive Director Scott Feehan. “Lafayette’s music scene is very powerful, and it is exciting to pull all of these musicians together to celebrate their success with the community.”

Other local favorites to catch during Festival International are Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Lane Mack & The Balladeers and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. New Orleans will also be sharing its talent with Lafayette as it welcomes Cha Wa as well as Tank & the Bangas. 

More information at www.festivalinternational.org/2019-artists.

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Festival International de Louisiane Reveals 2018 Program

Festival International de Louisiane has revealed the list of 2018 performers. The 5-day will be held April 25-29, 2018 in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana.

This year’s world music and roots artists include Jupiter & Okwess (DR Congo), Innov Gnawa (Morocco), Mydy Rabycad (Czech Republic), Zachary Richard (Louisiana), and Sidi Touré (Mali).

Also featured are Latin American-inspired Ladama, Ibibio Sound Machine from Nigeria and female kora player from Gambia, Sona Jobarteh. Returning this year by popular demand are world fusion act Niyaz from Iran accompanied by a whirling dervish dancer, as well as pop rocker Lisa LeBlanc and fiddler Dominique Dupuis — both representing New Brunswick.

Intensely special this year are the last shows at Scène LUS International on Sunday. Congrés mondial 2019 kitchen party will be a massive collaborative show featuring Lisa LeBlanc, Jacobus (of Radio Radio), Zachary Richard, Florent Vollant, Dominique Dupuis, Dans l’shed, Ten Strings & a Goat Skin, Shauit and Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie.

The festival is following that up with a grand finale tribute show to Dockside Studio and Steve and Cezanne Nails. This show is hosted by Lafayette’s own Givers and will feature special guests, Marc Broussard, Marcia Ball, Terrance Simien, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Dylan Nails, Susan Cowsill and Vicki Petersen, Roddie Romero, Yvette Landry & more.

“Some of the countries that have rarely, if ever, been represented at Festival this year are Tuva, Czech Republic, Gambia.” says Programming Director, Lisa Stafford. “The throat singing of Tuva, for example, is just mind-blowing to witness. It will be very special to bring all of these cultures to south Louisiana.”

More information at festivalinternational.org.

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