The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at UL Lafayette is pleased to present student solo performances of traditional music plus brief appearances by all five of its student ensembles in one performance on Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm in the Angelle Hall Auditorium, 601 East St. Mary Blvd, on the UL Lafayette campus. All are invited to this free performance of Cajun, zydeco, blues, and bluegrass music. We extend a special invitation to middle and high school students who play music in any of these styles and would like to pursue them further in college.
This fast-moving program will alternate, on two sides of the stage, among student soloists (playing guitar, fiddle, accordion), three acoustic ensembles (bluegrass, blues, and Cajun), and two amplified groups (blues and zydeco).
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 private lessons and group classes for credit.
The students playing on this program have studied with a faculty roster that includes songwriter Gordon Bradberry, vocalist Megan Brown (T Monde), guitarist Sam Broussard (Mamou Playboys), acoustic blues solo artist Marty Christian, accordionist Chad Huval (BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet), bluegrass fiddler Len Springer (Brenda Lee, Ray Price), accordionist Nathan Williams Jr (Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers), fiddler Kevin Wimmer (Mamou Playboys), and bassist Lee Allen Zeno (Buckwheat Zydeco).