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Roots Heritage Day '08
Dewey Balfa Cajun & Creole Heritage Week
Shown below are photos from Saturday's Roots Heritage Day (April 19), which extended from late morning until late evening. Click on thumbnails to access larger photos.

Dances were held under a big tent, while workshops and jam sessions were offered at nearby locations.

Overview of Dewey Balfa Cajun
and Creole Heritage Week

The 2008 Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week was held April 18-24 at Chicot State Park. The daytime activities  were limited to the campers, but each evening members of the surrounding communities joined the campers for dances featuring top Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco bands.  Roots Heritage Day, shown in the photos on this page, was open to everyone, both campers and community members from throughout the region. Click here for photos of bands performing the rest of the week.

The Heritage Week, sponsored by Louisiana Folk Roots, is named in honor of the late Dewey Balfa, a phenomenal musician who played a key role in reviving and preserving the French cultures of Southwest Louisiana. For more information on the Balfa Heritage Week, go to the Louisiana Folk Roots web site.

Lil' Wayne & Same Ol' Two-Step

Jonno Frishberg and Bayou DeVille


Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie


Bonsoir, Catin


Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys



Workshop: Creole Fiddle Shoot-out
Shown are D'Jalma Garnier, Jeffery Brousssard, and Jonno Frishberg.

Workshop: Balfa Family Music
Shown in the third photo are Christine Balfa Powell, Peter Schwarz, Dirk Powell, and Tony Balfa.


Workshop: Appalachian Music
Shown in the first photo are Peter Schwarz, Ginny Hawker, and Tracy Schwarz.


Jam Sessions
Leading the jam session in these photos was Kristi Guillory.


Posted 6-20-08.

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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