But with the Grammy Foundation grant that funded the media archivist position for the last three years set to expire, the Center for Louisiana Studies is trying to raise $8,000 to continue the work. Guillory and Jennifer Cooper, the assistant director of the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism, have organized the benefit concert Archive Aid III, sponsored by Action Cadienne, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Cajun French language and culture.
The first year's event raised $3,000, which helped fund the debut CD in the Louisiana Folk Master Music Series, featuring field recordings of fiddler Varise Conner. A second CD, focusing on story songs and ballads by women, is in the works. The ongoing project is a partnership with the Acadiana Arts Council and Lafayette Economic Development Authority.
In order for this work to continue, the archive is reaching out for funding and providing a musical night in return. On Saturday, May 13, Cajun and Creole musicians like Feufollet, Corey Ledet, Cedric Watson, The Brothers Savoy, and Bonsoir, Catin will perform live at the Blue Moon Saloon, beginning at 6 p.m., with an all-star jam session wrapping up the evening.
In addition to performances, the archive is presenting an exhibit of photographs taken by the Farm Security Administration titled Burnt in Their Youth: The Children of Depression Louisiana. A listening station will also be on-site for the public to access and browse the archive's current digitized catalog.
Admission to Archive Aid III is $10, and donations are welcome.
For more information on the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore or to hear clips of the digitized recordings, visit ccet.louisiana.edu. To make a donation to the archives, contact the Center for Louisiana Studies, UL Lafayette, P.O. Box 40831 Lafayette, LA 70504-0831 or call 482-6027. For more information on Action Cadienne, visit www.actioncadienne.org.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.