I am really, really excited for the 2011 Festival International de Louisiane (to be held in Lafayette, LA from 4/27-5/1), in no small part because I happened to miss it in 2010. Now, as the festival happens about a mile from my house, it was particularly hard to miss, but as I was nine months pregnant and could barely walk, I had a reasonable excuse. Still, I'm looking forward to throwing the toddler (funny what a year can do) in the baby backpack and checking out the scene this year. I'm looking even more forward to four or five years from now when I can train him to use a camera and have him be my backup photographer, but that's neither here nor there.
The 2011 lineup also happens to be a particularly exciting one. With bluesman Keb' Mo' and the Remesha Master Drummers of Burundi topping the bill, and youthful world-fusion favorites like Balkan Beat Box, The Duhks, and Toubab Krewe joining a hefty selection of Cajun and Zydeco bands (delightful local flavor) and other great music from around the world, it's gonna be a scorcher. So, you coming or what?
Toubab Krewe image (c) Lukas Blalock, 2008