Acadiana 365’s Weekend Picks

Events taking place this weekend include The Good and Young and Savoy Family Bands performing at Louisiana Crossroads, The Greater Acadiana Heart Walk and The Inaugural La Boucherie Merci.

Find more details on these events and many more taking place around town all weekend at Acadiana365.com.

LA Crossroads: The Good & Young Family Band and the Savoy Family Bands

The latest installment of Louisiana Crossroads features two bands who decidedly keep their music all in the family.

The Savoy Family Band, which features Marc Savoy, his wife Ann and their two sons, Joel and Wilson, hails from the small Cajun prairie town of Eunice, Louisiana. The Savoy Family Cajun Band plays honed down, hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. In their hands, the old tunes have been revived and returned to new life. They are all strong individual musicians working together to create a tight, intense sound.

The quartet of Good & Young is a family ensemble rooted in the dance and music traditions of Old Time, Bluegrass and Country. With fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass, they are a festival of rhythm, dance and harmony.

Louisiana Crossroads featuring The Good & Young Family Band and the Savoy Family Bands starts on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, located at 101 W. Vermilion St., in Downtown Lafayette. For ticket information, visit AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org.

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys in Concert with the UL Lafayette Symphony and Traditional Music Ensemble

Celebrating their 25th year as a band, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys will be in residence on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus on Friday, Nov. 22, presented by the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music. Band members will work with student musicians on campus in ensembles and in a variety of classes, including music business, commercial arranging, beginning accordion, beginning fiddle, and Cajun and zydeco history. The highlight of the week includes a concert by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys on Friday, November 22 at 7:30 pm in Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. Tickets are $10, or free for UL students, faculty and staff, as well as all children under 18, and $5 for seniors.

Greater Acadiana Heart Walk

More than 3,000 in the Greater Acadiana area are expected to join the Heart Walk on Saturday, Nov. 23, to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke, America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers,. The annual event begins at 8 a.m., at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Quad. The non-competitive, three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit GreaterAcadianaHeartWalk.org

The Inaugural La Boucherie Merci

Join Lafayette's best chefs as everyone can learn the art of the traditional boucherie from Toby Rodriguez of Lache Pas Boucherie et Cuisine. Pick up a spoon or knife and participate in this traditional boucherie process from start to finish. Come early to participate from the beginning or join in later that afternoon for live music and the food prepared through the boucherie.

La Boucherie Merci begins on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., at Vermilionville, located at 300 Fisher Road. Admission is $5, free for 705 members and members of Vermilionville and free for children 6 and under.