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Louisiana's history is imbued with music that came here – or arose here – as a wide range of cultural influences took root. But music doesn't exist only in Louisiana's past. It's alive, vibrant and echoing through the streets of all of our cities. Music is alive in homes throughout the state where people play the tunes and instruments of their ancestors. It throbs in clubs and dancehalls from New Orleans to Lake Charles. It resounds from festival stages from Shreveport to Lafayette to Thibodaux. If you don't hear Louisiana's music live, you haven't heard Louisiana's music. Check the schedules, find a spot and sit yourself down – you're in for the musical time of your life!
When most people think of Cajuns, they think of pirogues on the bayou. But Eunice – named for the town founder’s beloved wife – is the “prairie” Cajun capital of Louisiana. The week here starts on Saturday mornings, with hot boudin sausage, coffee and the open Cajun jam session at Savoy’s Music Center. This 40-year-old tradition, where old hands play alongside up-and-comers, was started by a local accordion-maker and is still going strong. On Saturday evenings, the historic Liberty Theater broadcasts a live Cajun radio show. It makes sense that Eunice would also house the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Here, greats like “Doc” Guidry and “Happy Fats” LeBlanc are commemorated, and the story of Cajun music is told. For the rest of the story, visit the Prairie Cajun Cultural Center, which is one of the few places you’ll find National Park Service rangers alongside Cajun chefs dishing up jambalaya.