With last night's inaugural kick-off party for Festival International de Louisiane in the bag, it's officially Festival time in Lafayette.

Feeling festive? Well, if Festival Fever has yet to hit you, here are some bands to consider seeing next week as the 26th annual event prepares its run downtown from April 25-29. And thanks to technology, you can see and hear them with the click of a mouse or the touch of a finger.

Either way, the idea here is for you to go and check out the bands for yourself.

In yesterday's Fest Fave, Festival's Marketing Coordinator Apiyo Obala mentioned Canailles and it bears repeating - you gotta see these guys and gals. Really. Go here.

A archetypal representative of the World Music sound of Festival, which is About.com's Best World Music Festival can be found in Cheikh-Lo. Go here to see what we mean.

Chico Trujillo, according to Festival, has taken as a base the sounds of the last generation and brought it into the present..your parent’s cumbia this definetly isn’t… to hear what they'e talking about, go here.

One of the many good and interesting local bands would be FIGHTs. Don't let the acronym keep you away Honest. Go here

Sure, Lamajamal is from Chicago, but you'd never know it. As Tony Sarabia, of Chicago Public Radio said "… Lamajamal is a band without borders." Could not agree more. Go here and chances are you'll agree, too.

Khaira Arby, known as the “Nightingale of the North,” was born in the village of Abaradjou in the Sahara Desert north of Timbuktu. You can here it in her voice. Hear her here

Sonny Landreth. Need we say more? Go here if we do. 

Texas Tornados with Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers and Shawn Sahm. Can't help but dig these guys. See and hear for yourself here.  

And, of course there's our indigenous Cajun and zydeco bands you'll not want to miss, as well as the local groups that are not Cajun or zydeco whose talents are also mind-blowing as well.

Now the aforementioned bands are just a few suggestions, go here to check out the whole Festival schedule. After about five minutes of listening, you'll have Festival Fever.


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