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(from left) Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center; drummer Sammy Nix; drummer Ganey "Pop" Hymes; cloth doll maker Barbara Franklin, blues and roots musician Ed Huey; Cajun musician Steve Riley, of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys; and Dr. Chris Maggio. President, Northwestern State University 

The 38th Annual Natchitoches-NSU
Folk Festival

Friday, July 14, 2017 &

Saturday, July 15, 2017


For more information, contact us at or

(318) 357-4332



Folk cultures are sustained when the torch of tradition is passed from one generation to the next. Communities are strengthened and lives given greater meaning as masters of traditional arts share their inheritance with new tradition bearers. The 2017 Festival theme "Keeping Tradition Alive!" celebrates the ways in which so many outstanding artists young and old are tapping into the power and artistry of the old ways, revitalizing and reimagining tradition as they make it their own. As the artists taking part in the 2017 Festival demonstrate, Louisiana folk culture is vibrant and diverse. The folk music of many culture groups will be featured, with Cajun music by Ray Abshire and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, French Creole la la music by Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Zydeco by Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie and Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators, traditional Delta tunes by the Back Porch Band, bluegrass with the Clancey Ferguson Band, Texas swing by the Caddo Creek Band, and blues by Hezekiah and the Houserockers, the Wayne "Blue" Burns Band, and Ed Huey. Regional crafts such as wood carving, Czech Pysanky eggs, Spanish moss dolls, pine needle baskets, and handmade furniture will be exhibited, along with day long demonstrations by crafts persons working on site. Folk foods will include cracklin', red beans and rice, gumbo, Indian tacos and, of course, Natchitoches meat pies. Along with performances by folk dancers, Cajun dance lessons, narrative sessions, and the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship, this will be a Festival to remember. Join us for a rousing celebration of Louisiana's heritage, past and present! Mark your calendar today!



The Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017



Photo by Peter Jones

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.





Prather coliseum and CAPA Annex/Magale Recital Hall are wheelchair accessible.






Featured Artists include:

Ed Huey


Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue 





Hardrick Rivers & the Rivers Revue






Ray Abshire & Friends







Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys




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