Rio Luminoso is (front row, from left) Peter Bulliard, Fawn Larson and Nathan Rabalis; (back row) Gary Newman and Philip Gould.

                                                                                                                                                                                               Philip Gould photo

The music of Rio Luminoso brings an international flair to the air when the band strikes up at Cite des Arts, 8 p.m., Friday.

"We have several different descriptions of what we play," says Philip Gould. "One is romantic music from exotic places which includes Parisian music, Edith Piaf, musettes, this kind of thing."

And some of the other music the band plays, according to the press release comes from the Tango halls of Buenos Aries, the beaches of Rio, the sultry tropical breeze of the French Caribbean and "a couple of New Orleans and songs from the Tex/Mexican border," says Gould. "So it's just an interesting blend."

Interesting indeed. Rio Luminoso's sound can be considered a rare occurrence for an otherwise music city like Lafayette except, perhaps, that one time of year.

"What we're doing is something quite distinctive and not too often heard and seen in this area," says Gould. "Except during Festival International."

Gould plays the piano accordion and Fawn Larson is on fiddle and vocals. The two have played together in the past and have since recruited Gary Newman on bass, Peter Bulliard on percussion and guitarist Nathan Rabalais.

"We all see music in a way that is very compatible, so it's a treat all the way around," he says. "So it's a collective vision that we have and we all like the same sort of tunes."

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online here using paypal or at the door. Call 337-291-1122 for reservations. Go here for more information. Cite des Arts is located downtown Lafayette at 109 Vine St.

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