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Loyola celebrates Jesuit history with Cajun music performance

Loyola press release - January 10, 2011

Cajun-French music groups Lost Bayou Ramblers and Feufollet will bring the sounds of Acadiana to Loyola University New Orleans for a one-night-only event on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Hall. This performance celebrates the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Jesuits in French Canada, leading to the eventual migration of these immigrants to south Louisiana, or Acadiana.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $8 $5 for students and Loyola employees and are available online at montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance while supplies last.

Formed in 1995, Feufollet has quickly become one of Acadiana’s most exciting young Cajun bands. Over the years, they have built upon a regional popularity, performing at folk festivals and venues not only in the South, but also throughout North America, including French Canada.

The Grammy-nominated Lost Bayou Ramblers has toured through much of the United States, including at the International Country Music Conference in Nashville, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens' Chile Pepper Fiesta, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Ramblers’ first international performance took place in Lyon, France in November 2004. In 2008, their album “Live á La Blue Moon” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music category.

Although the band's style draws on Western swing, rockabilly and a touch of punk rock, the group has remained a traditional Cajun band at its core. It has revived forgotten classics of the genre and sings almost entirely in French, maintaining smooth, moderate tempos perfect for dancing.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call (504) 861-5882.