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The 37th Annual Natchitoches-NSU
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)
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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 - www.LouisianaTravel.com
· 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
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
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
Don & Sue Hatley
Jimmy Long, Sr.
Bertha Tapley Lowe
Wayne & Sandra McCullen
Glen & Kathleen Myers
Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau
NSU Men's Basketball
Joanne H. Pickett
Jean B. Princehouse
Belinda & Randy Rhodes
Dr. Lee Romine
Kenneth & Mary Royston
Jack & Bonnie Scott
Sibley Lake Realty Corp.
Lorie T. Speer
Weaver Bros. Land & Timber
James R. Vincent
Young Estate LLC
Special Thanks to the Following Merchants for
their Generous Donations:
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Dickey's Barbeque Pit
El Patron Mexican Restaurant
Hana Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill (Front Street)
Little Caesar's Pizza
Magee's Patio Café
Morning Star Donuts
Nicky's Mexican Restaurant
Subway (South Drive)
Trail Boss Steakhouse