The third annual Al Berard Music Festival will be held on December 3 at NUNU Arts & Culture Collective in Arnaudville.
The event benefits the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA).
The festival will feature live music from Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express, Major Handy & Lil Buck Senegal, Michael Juan Nunez, Lafayette Talented Music Students, and Traiteurs Reunion with guitarist Sonny Landreth. There will be a silent auction, food and beverages, a zydeco dance competition, festival merchandise, a Cajun jam session, artisan booths and exhibitions, and kid activities.
During the festival, students who have benefited from the Fund will perform for the public on the main stage, some even playing with instruments donated by the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund. There will be Cajun jam session at 12:30pm lead by Brazos Huval. The zydeco dance competition begins at 5 p.m. and prizes will be awarded. Please visit www.AlBerard.com for more schedule information.
Admission to the festival is $10 (children 12 and under are free). Festival proceeds benefit the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund which made grants to several organizations in support of music programs and local community projects. Some of the organizations include the Louisiana Folk Roots Kids camp, Lafayette Parish Talented Arts Booster, NUNU Arts & Culture Collective, and Tipitina’s Lafayette Co-op along with several Acadiana Schools. The fund hopes to also create scholarship opportunities this year while still benefitting organizations and programs that provide music education to students of all ages.
Sponsors of the festival are Women’s Healthcare Associates of Lafayette; Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle; Greens’ Piggly Wiggly; Ronny Theriot Community Projects Fund; Tom’s Fiddle & Bow; Crawfish Town USA; Cecilia Water Corporation; Dupuis Heating & Cooling; Liz Trahan Dancing Studio; Boyer’s Thrift Pharmacy; PHI, Inc; Farm Bureau Insurance; The Grouse Room; St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission; and St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission. If you would like to sponsor the festival or receive more information, please contact Laura Huval at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.AlBerard.com.
The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund promotes Acadiana's unique musical culture by providing instruments, master teachers and music scholarships to students of all ages. The fund honors the life of the late Cajun musician, Al Berard, who was a pillar of his community and a mentor for music lovers everywhere. His passion was to teach everyone he met about his love for music and for the Cajun/Creole culture.
The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, was established by the Berard Family to honor Al Berard’s legacy. All gifts to the fund are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Community Foundation of Acadiana with "Al Berard Memorial Fund” in the memo and mail to 1035 Camellia Blvd., Ste. 100, Lafayette, LA 70508. For more information regarding Community Foundation of Acadiana or to learn how you can establish your own fund, please contact Erin Winder at 337.769.4842.