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Cane River Music Festival
The Cane River region has a rich tradition of live musical performance. The community was once home to numerous juke joints and dance halls, where farmworkers could enjoy an evening of live Creole music, blues, jazz or early rock and roll. In honor of this tradition Cane River Creole National Historical Park will be hosting the 6th Annual Cane River Music Festival at Oakland Plantation on May 9. This event is free to the public.
This year’s lineup promises to be the best yet. Among this year’s performers include blues harmonica/guitar player Ed Huey. Ed performs and teaches American Roots Music specializing in early Blues guitar and harmonica styles. His highly interactive sets include Work Songs, Field Hollers, Hambone, Piedmont Blues, Delta Blues, Jug Band, Hokum, and Railroad Songs.
For the third year in a row the event will feature the locally renowned La Cour Trio. The La Cours are sure to get the crowd moving with their energetic blend of zydeco, jazz, and funk.
Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys will be returning for their 6th appearance. Thibodeaux has recently been recognized by Northwestern State University as a Master Folk Artist and in 2012 he received a Creole Heritage award recognizing his commitment to the Creole culture and staying true to the traditional la-la music associated with the Creoles.
Grammy nominated guitarist Buddy Flett will also be back. Flett has an impeccable resume having played with the likes of Hubert Sumlin and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
For the first time, the event will feature Cedric Watson & the Mad Minstrels. One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.
This will also be the first year with a food vendor. Janet LaCour will be on hand providing meat pies, sandwiches, drinks, and other great stuff.
The festival begins at 11am. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs, picnic lunches, and umbrellas. Oakland Plantation is located at 4386 Hwy 494, Natchez La 71456. To reach Oakland Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 127, Flora/Cypress. Head east on LA Highway 120 toward Cypress. Cross over LA Highway 1 onto LA Highway 494. The parking lot and entrance pavilion for Oakland is 4.5 miles east of Highway 1 on the left. Parking is limited so please car pool. For more information call 318 356-8441.