1. FRIDAY NIGHT FAIS DO DO
Capital One Bank Scène Ma Louisiane Friday, Oct. 14 5:30-8:45 p.m. Lil’ Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers followed by Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars help to get the party started at this year’s Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. Roddie Romero and his band will be joined by two of Lafayette’s guitar gurus — Lil’ Buck Sinegal & Sonny Landreth. Both Sonny and Lil’ Buck played in Clifton Chenier’s Red Hot Louisiana Band and will be helping to keep our historic musical traditions alive when they take the stage.
Corner of East Lewis and Johnston streets Saturday, Oct. 15 9-10:15 a.m. For the second year in a row, Festivals combines country and city Mardi Gras with the Acadian Tintamarre for what can only be described as a raucous parade. Line the streets and join in the second line to Girard Park led by Soul Express Brass Band and featuring the Lafayette Creole Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians and several other guests.
3. WALTER MOUTON AND THE SCOTT PLAYBOYS
Chevron Salle de Danse Saturday, Oct. 15 2:15-3:15 p.m. Being celebrated this year as a venerable dance hall musician, Walter Mouton’s set at Salle de Danse is the perfect accompaniment to the live CD on sale as part of the 2016 Festivals merchandise. This historic record, the only full-length CD of Mouton’s music in existence, comes remastered by Tony Daigle with 17 tracks and a 12-page booklet detailing his life and work designed by Megan Barra.
4. RUSTY METOYER AND THE ZYDECO KRUSH & CEDRYL BALLOU & THE ZYDECO TRENDSETTERS
Yuengling Scène D’Anniversaire Saturday, Oct. 15 Two up and coming Lake Charles bands new to Festivals this year, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush will bring their nouveau Zydeco energy to the open-air Anniversary Stage from 2:45-3:45 p.m., followed by Cedryl Ballou, who fronts the Zydeco Trendsetters and is known for taking his accordion out into the crowd.
5. CHRIS ARDOIN & NUSTEP
LUS Scène Mon Heritage Sunday, Oct. 16 1-2 p.m. After a lengthy absence from the lineup, accordion prodigy Chris Ardoin returns to the Heritage Stage, going back to his roots in presenting a more traditional form of Zydeco.
6. CREOLE STRINGBEANS SWAMP POP REVUE
Chevron Salle de Danse Sunday, Oct. 16 4-5:30 p.m. Presented by Festival International de Louisiane, this classic New Orleans party band will be joined by local swamp pop veterans GG Shin and Tommy McClain in what promises to be a rollicking dance party.
7. ATELIER STAGE
Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16 Hosted by Festivals Acadiens, the atelier or workshop stage is known for offering an inside look into the music. This year, guests can learn more about the 2016 honoree by attending Cajun Dance Halls and Zydeco Clubs with Philip Gould, Herman Fuselier, John “Pudd” Sharp & Ray Abshire from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Other programs throughout the weekend include Outside In Cajun Musicians and a Female Fiddle Summit.
8. JAM ÇA SPONSORED BY THE DR. TOMMY COMEAUX ENDOWED CHAIR IN TRADITIONAL MUSIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE
Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16 Bring your instrument to Girard park and don’t miss the opportunity to jam with a Cajun or Zydeco musician, while preserving the memory of musician Dr. Tommy Comeaux.
9. CULTURE SUR LA TABLE
Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16 At the helm of Louisiana Culinary Institute Chef Instructor Colt Patin and sponsored by J&J Exterminating, this year’s Culture on the Table is tastier than ever before. Starting with Patin making “Boudin for Breakfast” on Saturday morning, this area will have local chefs demonstrating authentic South Louisiana dishes all weekend long.
10. WAYNE TOUPS & ZYDECAJUN
Capital One Bank Scène Ma Louisiane Sunday, Oct. 16 6-7:30 p.m. A perennial closer for good reason, Wayne Toups and his band always bring the party. Festivals organizers like to refer to this band as the “Wayne Toups Orchestra” and others call him “The Cajun Springsteen” for his highenergy blend of Cajun, Zydeco, soul and Southern rock.