"In years past, it wasn't in good taste for them to play in dancehalls, but women grew up in homes watching and listening to their brothers and fathers playing Cajun music and they too learned to play," says Michelle Leder of the Cajun French Music Association.
Starting in the 1970s, with Sheryl Cormier forming the first all-female Cajun band, women have increased their presence in Cajun music. Today, all-female bands such as the Magnolia Sisters and female-led bands like Kira Viator & Bayou Beat are forging their identities.
With an ear to those accomplishments, the CFMA's Le Cajun Festival ' two days of live music coinciding with its annual Grammy-style awards ceremony ' features a special all-female super group pulling together Kristi Guillory, Yvette Landry and Anya Schoenegge, Maegan Berard and Ashley Hayes. The band backs guest spots by Helen Boudreaux, Sheryl Cormier and Kira Viator.
"Young women today feel free to follow their interests, and the number of talented women musicians publicly playing music is growing," says Leder. "It is very important that they have the same opportunities as men to play, perform and spread the music and culture to the rest of Acadiana and the world. We need to spotlight these talented women ' seasoned and new musicians. We need to provide them with the opportunities to express their creative talents. We need to let them know that we are happy and proud that they have chosen to hold on to the French music, the Cajun French language and the Cajun culture. The women playing today are the next generation's role models."
The CFMA's Le Cajun awards is held at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. The Le Cajun Music Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20 at Blackham Coliseum, with music starting at 10 a.m. both days. Saturday's lineup features Bubba Brown, Ray Abshire, Kevin Naquin & The Ossun Playboys, the all-star female group, Pine Leaf Boys, Jason Frey & Lagniappe; Sunday features Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun, Walter Mouton & The Scott Playboys, T-Sale and Jesse Lege & The Southern Ramblers. For more info, visit www.cajunfrenchmusic.org.
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