Festival International de Louisiane

Apr 10, 2018

This holiday weekend  American Routes  boogies down to bayou country to catch live music at Festival International, a showcase of French music from southwest Louisiana and the wider Francophone world along with blues, Chicano nouveau and swamp pop. For the 31st annual festival, we hear female Cajun supergroup  Bonsoir, Catin  tear up the stage; bluesman  Corey Harris  ring out the Mississippi Delta’s West African roots; and blue-eyed soul from swamp pop legends  Johnnie Allan ,  T.K. Hulin , and  G.G. Shinn . Plus, accordionist  CJ Chenier , son of Clifton Chenier, proves he is carrying on the king of zydeco’s royal bloodline.  Las Cafeteras  from East Los Angeles give us a taste of Veracruz’s Afro-Latin  jarocho  music, including the folk-turned-pop song “La Bamba.” And Texas singer, fiddler, and accordionist  Cedric Watson  adds Caribbean and Latin flavors to his homegrown Creole sound.