Come out and dance to Cajun, zydeco, and blues music played by UL Lafayette students on Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm at the Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E. Convent St. in Lafayette. All are invited to kick up their heels at this free event.
7:30 - The Angelle Aces perform traditional Cajun French dance music in an acoustic format; they have also been working on ballad singing this semester. Freshman Gracie Babineaux, known already to Cajun music fans as one of the Babineaux Sisters, has joined this semester on accordion and fiddle. Instructor Roddie Romero and his Hub City All-Stars recently returned from the Grammy awards ceremony, having been nominated for two Grammys for their latest album, Gulfstream.
8:30 - The Zydeco Ragin' Steppers provide electrified dance music from Clifton Chenier's set list up through the contemporary sounds of today's trail ride stars, led this semester by Marie-Laure Boudreau, a graduate student in Francophone Studies from Canada’s Magdalen Islands. Instructor Nathan Williams, Jr. is a jazz studies alumnus of UL Lafayette and fronts Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers. The Big Timers have released six CDs and were nominated by Offbeat Magazine for best zydeco artist and album.
9:30 - The Ragin' Blues Band is the most recent addition to the program, now featuring Kayla Dugas (daughter of Mamou Playboys drummer Kevin Dugas) on lead vocals. They provide amplified blues power under the able supervision of Corey Ledet, another Grammy-nominated artist on the faculty. Ledet’s ninth album, Standing on Faith, was released nationally on March 3rd and features a mix of music from zydeco to funk to reggae.
The Comeaux Chair in Traditional Music sponsors a curriculum that gives student musicians who learn by ear an opportunity to improve their craft, to develop an academic foundation in music, and to become advocates for their culture. Each year, several high-profile artists come to campus to teach hands-on music classes for credit, including these ensemble classes.
Near the corner of Johnston and Convent Streets in Lafayette, behind Borden's Ice Cream.