Fields contacted Acadian Village about the idea. "They were really enthusiastic about us having the festival there," he says. "Then I started calling all my friends with bands, seeing if they wanted to come do it. Everybody was into it. The idea is to get people camping so that at night they can jam with the musicians that are there. That's when songs get tossed around, and people learn this stuff."
Fields had no problem getting local bands to sign up for a weekend of music and food. The debut lineup features a dozen groups ' including the Ramblers, the Pine Leaf Boys, the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Ann Savoy. Fields' Rambler bandmate Linzay Young suggested the black cast iron pot cookoff angle, and Pine Leaf accordionist Wilson Savoy proposed an accordion contest. Chef Pat Mould is assembling a panel of judges for the cookoff, and Savoy is enlisting the help of Steve Riley, Ray Landry and Harry Trahan to judge the winner of the accordion contest.
And while this year's musical lineup is a bit Cajun-centric, next year Fields hopes to showcase different styles of music from the South, not just south Louisiana. "I'd like to do a little bit more blues and some country and western, just mix it up a little bit but still have a strong Cajun music presence, but with everything that influences the music around here."
The South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and continues through Saturday night at Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. Admission is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. Children under 12 are admitted free, and camping and parking are also free. Tent camping is allowed and encouraged, and RV hookups are available on site, but no pets are allowed. For more information, including a complete list of bands and performance times, visit www.blackpotfestival.com.
A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
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The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
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A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seen on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
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