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Cajun Cruisin’: OffBeat’s Second Annual Insider’s Guide to Acadiana, Part Two

You can find Cajun and Creole culture in Lafayette, the “Heart of Cajun Country” as it’s referred to in tourist brochures, but you’ll find much more cultural authenticity outside the […]

Cajun Cruisin’: OffBeat’s Second Annual Insider’s Guide to Acadiana, Part One

Music, cultural experiences and good times are incessant affairs on the bayou. But the serious tourist who wants the real authentic stuff or the best Acadiana offers won’t discover it […]

Beausoleil: Cajun Hot

At the writing of this article the announcement of the Grammy Awards was still a future event, meaning the fate of Beausoleil’s winning a Grammy in this year’s “Contemporary Folk” […]

Acadian Carnival

Cajuns and Creoles are universally known for their “laissez les bons temps rouler” (“Let the good times roll!”) spirit. But Mardi Gras in Acadiana is truly a time for Cajuns […]

Inside Zydeco, Part Two

On the dark, winding, old Breaux Bridge highway, a neon sign outside the former King Creole club flashes: “Saturday at 9 p.m. Fernest and the Thunders.” Inside it’s 9:30 p.m., […]

Inside Zydeco, Part One

“Honey, in a bar on in a church, it doesn’t make no difference—it’s all the same.” Zydeco. More than just South Louisiana black man’s music, it’s his sustenance. Consumed like […]

Radio Acadiana: Tuning in to South Louisiana

Tuning into the South Louisiana radio scene in Lafayette or Eunice either takes a little word of mouth or else a lot of trial and error. Not a lot is […]

Cajun Capers: Lafayette’s Festivals Acadiens

Grab your dancing partner, pack up your dancing shoes and head over to Lafayette this month. Festivals Acadiens, the Cajun equivalent of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, takes […]

Zydefest

Looking for a hot time over the Labor Day weekend? With South Louisiana’s sultry summer weather and a zydeco festival, you’ve got it! The seventh annual Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival […]

OffBeat Guide to Acadiana

Just over a two-hour drive from New Orleans and located in the heart of Acadiana is Lafayette, a city of 92,000 residents and the unofficial capital of Cajun Country. Good […]