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Le Grand Hoorah – this weekend!

The inaugural celebration of “Le Grand Hoorah” in 2015 will mark the beginning of a new era of cultural preservation in Acadiana. Set in the idyllic environs of Evangeline Parish’s own Chicot State Park just north of Ville Platte, Louisiana, “Le Grand Hoorah” will be a “party with a purpose”. Not content to be just another throw-down that will leave you glad that you have Sunday to recover, the “Hoorah” promises to bring together the most dedicated and fun-loving torch bearers of Cajun and Creole culture in an effort to create and foster relationships focused on preserving the music, food, language and folk arts of the people of Acadiana; all while celebrating our heritage with a multi-faceted event that is sure to raise the bar for festivals in Louisiana. The “Hoorah” of course boasts some of the best music and food around, but also camping, hiking, boating (motorized and kayaks/canoes), fishing, and fun for the whole family.

“Le Grand Hoorah” is sure to be an event you will look forward to every year, but even after the last breath of accordion bellows and the last brush of a fiddle bow; after the last clank of a spoon on a cast iron pot and the quenching of the coals; the fun may be over, but the work will continue. The “Hoorah” and its not-for-profit parent organization Prairie Heritage, Inc. will utilize money raised at the festival to fund programs throughout the area that continue to support our unique culture all year long. Projects to benefit initially will include French immersion programs such as the one held at Chataignier Elementary hosted by Les Amis de Francais de la Paroisse Evangeline, and an apprenticeship program spearheaded by Prairie Heritage, Inc. that will pair young cultural enthusiasts with masters of a cultural art or skill to encourage and facilitate the passing of the torch from one generation to the next.

So join us at Chicot State Park April 10 and 11, 2015 for the first ever “Le Grand Hoorah”, where you’ll not only have the time of your life for one weekend, but can take comfort knowing that your presence will be helping to preserve our unique culture for generations to come.

 

Friday, April 10

5:00-5:50 Linzay Young & Joel Savoy

6:15-7:15 Steve Riley and Doug Kershaw

7:15-8p Harold Bernard Dance Class

8:15p-9:30 – Magnolia Sisters

10:00-12M – Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

 

Saturday, April 11

9:00am-10:30 Boudin, Beignet & Coffee Cajun Jam hosted by Ryan Brunet.

10:30-11:30 Tee Chaoui Social Club

12:00p-1:15p Kira Viator and Bayou Beat

1:15-2:15p Harold Bernard Dance Class

2:30-4p Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners

4:30-6 Irish Dance/Square Dance

6:30-7:45 Deja Vu

8:15-9:30 Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers

10:00-12M Horace Trahan & The Ossun Express

Ringing in year 10 with a bang – Lomax style
Well, folks, we’ve been working on this for over a year and we are thrilled to finally announce pre-sales of our 27th release and our biggest project to date…
 
It’s a landmark, limited edition project to celebrate Valcour Records’ tenth year in business and Alan Lomax Centennial! Producers Joel Savoy and Josh Caffery have collaborated to create Rediscovering Lomax in Evangeline Country, a one-of-a-kind collection of recordings featuring Louisiana artists performing fresh takes on a unique series of folk songs—both French and English—archived in Louisiana in 1934 by the late Alan and John Lomax.

The collection features 24 tracks by an incredible group of musicians, including Michael Doucet, Marc Broussard, Wayne Toups, Zachary Richard, Tiffany Lamson, Steve Riley, Ann Savoy, Dirk Powell, Roddie Romero, Cedric Watson, David Greely, Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones-Savoy, Wilson Savoy, Anna Laura Edmiston, Kristi Guillory, Joshua Caffery, Claire Caffery, Barry Ancelet, Carl Brazell, Megan Brown and Aurora Nealand. 

While individual EPs will become available in stores each quarter, the limited edition full box set will be available exclusively on the Valcour website through the end 2015 as long as supplies last. Purchases of the box set include printed liner notes, a collector’s box for holding the CDs and liner notes and advance access to each release before retailers and radio stations. Digital liner notes will be available for free download on this page starting on March 31st.
Bonsoir, Catin… GRAMMY Nominated!

We are very proud to announce that Bonsoir, Catin’s latest release out on Valcour Records, Light the Stars, has been nominated in the Regional Roots category of the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards!

Two other Acadiana bands - the Magnolia Sisters and Jo-El Sonnier – also received nominations for the Best Regional Roots Album Grammy. Incidentally, the Magnolia Sisters were nominated for their album, Love’s Lies, which was produced by Valcour’s own Joel Savoy. Ann Savoy, Joel’s mother, is one of the Magnolia Sisters. The three Acadian bands will compete with Hawaiian musician Kamaka Kukona and Native American artist Joe Tohonnie Jr. for the final honor.

We are extremely proud of Bonsoir, Catin and all the Louisiana bands representing the music of our state at the GRAMMY’s on February 8. Best of luck to all.

Read more about the nomination in The Advertiser.


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