Jody Adeyemo is a 12 years old French Immersion student attending L. J. Alleman Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Even at a young age Jody showed a passion for music.  She composed simple songs and stored them in a notebook, then at the end of the month, she would sit everyone down and sing all the new songs she wrote that month. At school, she was hesitant to speak French at first, but she began to quickly like the language. 

In May, Jody was introduced to Zachary Richard, a famous singer from Louisiana known throughout the French-speaking world.  She was asked to record a song entitled, “J’ai une chanson dans mon coeur” with him. She was very excited about the song and said that working with Zachary Richard was a great experience. She was in the music video for “Jai une chanson” and also performed at Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette in 2015. Jody continues her love for composing songs and her music skills continue to grow. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, 9:00 am, opening ceremony



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La Récolte-This five-member band consists of an array of talented musicians from the heart of Acadiana. The name of the band, “La Recolte” (The Harvest), was influenced by their desire to keep traditions alive and inspired the release of their debut CD “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes…”. The band earned the distinction of “Best New CD of the Year” for the annual “Le Cajun Awards 2014” sponsored by the Cajun French Music Association. La Recolte is traditional and highly influenced by the South Louisiana dance hall music of the mid-1900’s. La Recolte is sure to get you on the dance floor. Warehouse 535, Lafayette, LA, 11:30 am to 6:30pm
See more at http://www.larecolteband.com



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Jambalaya Cajun Band & Terry Huval- Fiddler Terry Huval, leader of a very popular Jambalaya Cajun Band, is one of Cajun music’s finest fiddlers and songwriters. He is the composer of well-known tunes such as “Huval’s Reel” and “Oh Ma Belle.” In addition to the fiddle, he plays the guitar, mandolin, dobro, steel guitar, and bass guitar. Terry and his brother, drummer Tony Huval, formed the “Jambalaya Cajun band.” Since that time, the band has been joined by accordionist Reggie Matte, Bobby Dumaitrait, and Rick Benoit. Most of their music is original compositions. The “Jambalaya Cajun Band” is a favorite among dancers in Louisiana and other states. The band plays at festivals and clubs throughout the United States. Warehouse 535, Lafayette, LA, 11:30 am to 6:30pm



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Sweet Crude-Indie rock Louisianais. Indigenous to South Louisiana, Sweet Crude would like to show the world that we can make progressive music that also embraces this region’s French-speaking tradition. Small but fervent group of young Louisianians, Sweet Crude is engaged in keeping the language relevant via art. Warehouse 535, Lafayette, LA, 11:30 am to 6:30pm
More information https://sweetcrudeband.bandcamp.com



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Renaissance Cadienne-Cajun Folkloric Troupe
Their music gives us an idea of the ways of life of the Cajuns in Louisiana, 200 years ago, and embrace the ethnical differences which have contributed to the culture in Louisiana. Their dances include a schottische or polka, “jeu de la bourre”, Irish/Scotish danse, Canadian Contredanse, square danse invented by Napoleon III’s soldiers, “Patate dance” from Louisiana, et even Polish Mazurka. The band includes traditional dances and songs with a little French, Acadian and Afro-creole folklores. Renaissance Cadienne received the Authenticity Award in 1997, and were nominated for the Sacres du Folklore de Reims in France. They also received the Award for the Preservation of Cultural heritage in Vermilionville at Lafayette in 1998. Come discover them at the Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, 2015
More information http://renaissancecadienne.org