UL Lafayette Presents Trad Music Groups at Blue Moon Saloon and Festival International

The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at UL Lafayette is pleased to present three of its student ensembles at the Blue Moon Saloon on April 25 and (for the first time) at Festival International de Louisiane on April 29-30.

Come out and dance to Cajun, zydeco, and blues music played by UL Lafayette students on Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm at the Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E. Convent St. in Lafayette. All are invited to kick up their heels at this free event.

Two student groups will be performing for the first time at Festival International de Louisiane, on the Parc de Lafayette stage presented by Louisiana Folk Roots. The Zydeco Ragin’ Steppers will perform on Saturday, April 29 at 5:30 pm, and the Angelle Aces will play on Sunday, April 30 at noon.

The Angelle Aces perform traditional Cajun French dance music in an acoustic format; they have also been working on ballad singing this semester. Freshman Gracie Babineaux, known already to Cajun music fans as one of the Babineaux Sisters, has joined this semester on accordion and fiddle. Instructor Roddie Romero and his Hub City All-Stars recently returned from the Grammy awards ceremony, having been nominated for two Grammys for their latest album, Gulfstream.

The Zydeco Ragin' Steppers provide electrified dance music from Clifton Chenier's set list up through the contemporary sounds of today's trail ride stars, led this semester by Marie-Laure Boudreau, a graduate student in Francophone Studies from Canada’s Magdalen Islands. Instructor Nathan Williams, Jr. is a jazz studies alumnus of UL Lafayette and fronts Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers. The Big Timers have released six CDs and were nominated by Offbeat Magazine for best zydeco artist and album.

The Ragin' Blues Band is the most recent addition to the program, now featuring Kayla Dugas (daughter of Mamou Playboys drummer Kevin Dugas) on lead vocals. They provide amplified blues power under the able supervision of Corey Ledet, another Grammy-nominated artist on the faculty. Ledet’s ninth album, Standing on Faith, was released nationally on March 3rd and features a mix of music from zydeco to funk to reggae.

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Fall 2017 Course Offerings

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The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at UL Lafayette sponsors a curriculum that gives student musicians, who learn by ear, an opportunity to improve their craft in styles such as Cajun, zydeco and bluegrass; to develop an academic foundation in music; and to become advocates for their culture. Each year, several high-profile artists come to campus to teach hands-on music classes for credit, while others visit classes occasionally or as featured artists in residence.

B.A. in Music with a Concentration in Traditional Music

Visit the UL Lafayette and School of Music websites to learn about the Traditional Music Curriculum.

If you are interested in becoming a traditional music major, contact Dr. DeWitt.


The mission of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to stimulate interdisciplinary research on the foundations and diversity of traditional music worldwide and to advance the preservation, instruction, and performance of traditional music with an emphasis on traditions that have developed in Acadiana. The program began in the Fall of 2010. It is now possible to earn a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Traditional Music as well as a Music Minor with a Traditional Music emphasis. New classes and programs continue to be developed with involvement from musicians in the community.

For more information, please contact:

Mark DeWitt
337-482-1020
dewitt@louisiana.edu