Well, it's here. You can tell by the stages, tents, booths, barricades, the absolutely lovely weather and, of course, the incredible vibe in the air all over downtown Lafayette.

Festival International de Louisiane has arrived. For the 26th year. You can call it Festival International. Or simply call it Festival. No matter, it's Festival time. As a little reminder, Festival was named Best World Music Festival in an About.com readers poll. Go here to enjoy it all over again.

But about Festival in the here and now - as in this evening - Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys get the music started at 6:30 p.m. on Scene Malibu. They'll be followed by Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers around 8:15 p.m.

With that in mind, we'd like to give a shout-out to our local musicians playing Festival:

Andre Thierry; Bas Clas with Roddie Romero and Eric Adcock; Bayou Teche’s LA 31: Le Route de Rock including Corey Ledet, Brother Dege, Feufollet and the Lost Bayou Ramblers; Beauty & the Beatnik with Anna Laura Edmiston and Andrew Toups; Brian Jack & The Zydeco Gamblers; Charlie Wooton and Doug Belote; Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band; Emma May; FIGHTs; Joel Savoy's Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round; Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners; LJ Alleman Guitar Ensemble; Luke, Cameron & Zach Cajun Trio; Michael Juan Nunez & The American Electric; Naybor's Basement; Pine Leaf Boys; Red Stick Ramblers; Savoy Family Cajun Band; Sean Bruce; Sonny Landreth; Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys; The Mercy Brothers; The Viatones; UL Lafayette Faculty Jazz, and Vagabond Swing.

Go here for their bios, websites and music.

Quilted Festival T-shirts

A quilt made from Festival T-shirts is now on display in the window of the Lafayette Public Library, 538 Jefferson St.

Most of the T-shirt images represent Festival artists from 1989-2002, including Dennis Paul Williams, Francis Pavy, Elmore Morgan, Jr., Megan Barra, John Geldersma and David Butler.

Lisa Bonwell created the quilt with T-shirts from her own collection and donations from other family members.

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