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Check Out Our 2016 Newsletter!

The 37th Annual Natchitoches-NSU

Folk Festival 

July 15th—16th, 2016


Sarah Jayde Williams (photo by David Simpson)



The 2016 Festival theme, “Emerging Artists,” will celebrate the many outstanding new artists keeping tradition alive in Louisiana. Traditional culture is important to these artists, who would rather spend their time playing the trumpet, the fiddle, or the accordion than they would video games. Louisiana’s folkways are not just of the past, but also of the present, and the voices of these artists emerge as a clarion call, reminding us of the vibrancy of traditional culture. This new generation of artists are today’s tradition bearers, and their impressive mastery of old forms made anew is a showcase of a living cultural legacy. The Festival will feature Cajun music by Briggs Brown and the Bayou Cajuns, Bubba Hebert and the New Morse Playboys, the Huval-Fuselier Trio, and the Sarah Jayde Combeaux, Zydeco by Lil Wayne and Same Ol’ 2 Step, bluegrass with Sabine River Bend Band and Catahoula Drive, Appalachian dulcimer fusion with Twang Darkly, and New Orleans jazz by Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns! Also, traditional Vietnamese lion dancers, free harmonica and rubboard workshops, and, of course, crafts, food, and the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship. Mark your calendar today! 


Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team (Photo by Gary Hardamon)

Louisiana State Fiddle Championship

Saturday, July 16th, 2016, 1:00—4:00 pm

The Folk Festival will host the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship in Magale Recital Hall which is housed in the CAPA Annex and is located at 140 Central Avenue.  Fiddlers from around the state will compete for cash prizes and ribbons in two main Categories: Non-Championship Division and Championship Division. Fiddlers are welcome to enter in either division but not both. Those who enter the Championship Division will compete for the Grand Champion title. The two top fiddlers from each group in the Championship Division — ages 0-21, 22-59, 60 and above — will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be recognized as the state’s best fiddler.


2016 Grand Champion: Joanna Calhoun (Photo by Peter Jones)

Winners of the 2016 Fiddle Championship. From left: Joanna Calhoun, Grand Champion; Jeffrey Boone, 2nd Place; Ron Pace, 3rd Place; and Jovalyn Johnson, 4th Place (Photo by Peter Jones)


Hall of Master Folk Artists

NSU President James Henderson, Sarah Jayde Williams, Martin Nguyen of the Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Blake Castille, Tee Don Landry, and Dr. Shane Rasmussen (Photo by Gary Hardamon)


Click on the links below to get more information:

·   Link to Fiddle Championship Entry Form

·   Link to Fiddle Championship Rules



Supported in part by grants from the following: 

· Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc.
· Dept of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism:Louisiana Division of the Arts --Shreveport Regional Arts Council
· Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism -
· Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission
· National Endowment for the Arts
· New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival




Thanks for Your Support!

Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival Contributors

Dr. Lisa Abney

Acme Refrigeration of Baton Rouge

Atmos Energy

Bill & Alice Bryant

City of Natchitoches

David & Linda Clark

Cleco Power, LLC

John Clifton Conine, Atty.

George & Mary Dugas

James L. Durham

Jimmy & Eudora Ebarb

Elite Broadcasting

Family Medical Clinic

John & Mary Foster

G.F. Thomas Investments, LP

J & J Exterminating Co.

Jeanne's Country Garden

Terrence & Sharon Jones

Pete & Jeanette Gregory

Dr, & Mrs. L. C. Guilbeau

Hurst & Jane Hall

N.W. Harrington

Don & Sue Hatley

Dayna Lee

Edwina Lewis

Jimmy Long, Sr.

Bertha Tapley Lowe

Wayne & Sandra McCullen

David Morris

Dwane Murphy

Glen & Kathleen Myers

Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

NSU Men's Basketball

Joanne H. Pickett

Lee Posey

Jean B. Princehouse

Belinda & Randy Rhodes

Dr. Lee Romine

Kenneth & Mary Royston

Jack & Bonnie Scott

Sibley Lake Realty Corp.

Lorie T. Speer

Wendell Tidwell

Weaver Bros. Land & Timber

Toto, Inc.


James R. Vincent

Waste Connections

Young Estate LLC




Special Thanks to the Following Merchants for

their Generous Donations:

Brookshire's # 27

Dickey's Barbeque Pit

Domino's Pizza

El Nopal

El Patron Mexican Restaurant

Grayson Barbeque

Hana Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill (Front Street)

Johnny's Pizza

Little Caesar's Pizza

Magee's Patio Café

McDonald's (Keyser)

Morning Star Donuts

Nicky's Mexican Restaurant

Pioneer Pub

Red's Ribs


Sonic (Keyser)

Sonny's Donuts 

Subway (I-49)

Subway (South Drive)

Trail Boss Steakhouse