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15th annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage week continues at Vermilionville

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First time it's hosted in Lafayette, extremely successful

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:53am

Celebrating our roots, taking pride in our history.  That's what the 15th Annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage week is all about.

"Balfa week is ground zero for cajun and creole culture," says Todd Mouton, executive director of Louisiana Folk Roots.

Each day is packed with performances, lessons, dances, great music and delicious food.

Folks from all over the world and all over the country, and of course all over Acadiana and Louisiana come to play music and have fun," says Mouton.

This is the first time Balfa week is being held in Lafayette.

"The core of what we do is in the morning we have these intensive classes and you can sit knee to knee with a master musician on accordion, or fiddle, or guitar, or vocals and learn from them.  This goes on dozens of times a day out here," Mouton says.

And Lafayette's Vermilionville is proving to be the perfect setting.

"We have people learning fiddle, accordion, vocals on these little porches.  These old houses with great instructors and there's one on one lessons, and the ability to be in the dance hall or the restaurant or the pavilion overlooking the bayou is just a huge, huge asset," says Mouton.

Balfa week isn't just about music.  The motto here is jam, dance, eat, repeat, and the thing repeated the most is food.

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