Lively foot-tap­ping sounds abound through­out this south­ern state.

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine - - Table Of Contents - BY BRUCE BISHOP

Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen once said, “Where words fail, mu­sic speaks.” If he was right, then the state of Louisiana truly has the ca­pac­ity to shout!

I brought two vivid mem­o­ries back home af­ter a visit this past June. In New Ibe­ria, we lis­tened to a trio of Ca­jun mu­si­cians at Cle­men­tine on Main. The lively foot-tap­ping sounds re­minded me of grow­ing up in south­west­ern Nova Scotia where the French Aca­dian mu­sic is so eerily sim­i­lar.

Later in the week, we were in New Or­leans and de­cided to learn how to pre­pare Cre­ole cui­sine at a cook­ing school. Our at­tempts were tasty, but even more de­li­cious later that evening was lis­ten­ing to the sul­try sounds of The Nayo Jones Ex­pe­ri­ence at The Jazz Play­house in the French Quar­ter.

You can also hear Zy­deco (orig­i­nally cre­ated by Cre­ole share­crop­pers and farm­ers), Blues, Afro-caribbean beats, Swamp Blues— and even Swamp Pop! The lat­ter two styles were de­vel­oped in the 1950s. (In the north­ern part of the state, Coun­try mu­sic reigns supreme.)

Louisiana has nu­mer­ous an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­vals to discover, in­clud­ing: The New Or­leans Jazz & Her­itage Fes­ti­val, Ba­ton Rouge Blues Fes­ti­val, Opelousas Zy­deco Fes­ti­val, Swamp Pop Fes­ti­val, Essence Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and the Fes­ti­vals Aca­di­ens et Créoles.

ABOVE: Louisiana of­fers a wealth of mu­si­cal tal­ent. Louisiana Of­fice of Tourism

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