Photographs: Melanie Lee Lebouef – Opelousas Tourism
(Opelousas, LA) – Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas is the setting this week for Louisiana Folk Roots Kids Cajun and Creole Music Camp. For the remainder of the week, kids will take part in a variety of creative and fun activities provided by a gifted group of music instructors. One of those activities on Monday included an afternoon accordion session with Creole Zydeco musician Joseph Wayne Singleton of Wayne and Same Ol’ 2 Step.
Presented by Louisiana Folk Roots, Opelousas Tourism, St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission and a host of sponsors, the camp focuses on Cajun and Creole music using guitars, fiddles and accordions. Children are taught their instrument of choice and eventually gather with all of the other children for band lab. Sarah Savoy, Cajun French Singer and instructor at École Saint-Landry is the coordinator for the Opelousas camp. Savoy is also the daughter of Cajun folklorist, musician, and master accordion maker in Eunice, Marc Savoy and Grammy nominated Cajun French musician, Ann Savoy.
“Sounds of Summer” – Music Today at Delta Grand
Folk Roots Kids Camp finale will take place at the “Sounds of Summer” celebration this Friday, June 17th from 5-8 p.m. at the Delta Grand Theatre in downtown Opelousas. Music students from the Louisiana Folk Roots Kids Camp will start the live music performance at 6 pm followed by Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2-Step. The family friendly is free and open to the public.
The “Sounds of Summer” event is supported in part by the South Arts Rural Performance program, Atchafalaya National Heritage Association, Louisiana Division of the Arts, St. Landry Parish Government, St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission and Opelousas Tourism.