This Monday, the Cane Fire Film Series screens The Great Flood, which focuses on the devastating Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and the ripple effect it had on America’s musical heritage.  

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the Mighty Mississippi broke out of its earthen embankments in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities.


Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues, including artists who witnessed the flood such as Charley Patton (High Water Everywhere) and Memphis Minnie (When the Levee Breaks), as well as to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago, becoming the wellspring for R&B, rock, and developing jazz styles.


The Cane Fire Film Series presents The Great Flood on Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, located at 101 W. Vermilion St., in downtown Lafayette. Tickets are $12. For more information visit


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