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Berard Fest benefits arts, music groups - 11/1/2016 -

Published on www.theadvertiser.com

By Herman Fuselier, hfuselier@theadvertiser.com

Cajun music, zydeco, blues and a Traiteurs Reunion with Sonny Landreth highlight the third annual Al Berard Music Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at its new location, the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville. The festival is a fundraiser for the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

Laura Huval, Berard’s daughter, said the fund has granted more than $40,000 to music organizations and community projects that promote music and art education for all ages. Louisiana Folk Roots Kids Camp, Lafayette Parish Talented Arts Boosters, NUNU, Tipitina’s Co-op Lafayette and several local schools have used the funds to obtain instruments, master teachers and music scholarships.

"My Dad always encouraged people to follow their passion in life,” said Huval, "He was a very simple man who was blessed with the gift of music and he had huge love in his heart for people in general.

"Being able to give back to the music community that he loved brings our whole family such joy.”

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Side guitar ace Sonny Landreth is part of a reunion of the Traiteurs at the Al Berard Music Festival. (Photo: Daily Advertiser)

Entertainers for the festival include Lafayette Parish Gifted and Talented Students, Major Handy and Lil Buck Sinegal, Michael Juan Nunez and Horace Trahan. The Traiteurs, a Cajun jam band that includes Gary Newman, Errol Verret and Danny Kimball, performs with Landreth, known around the world for his stellar slide guitar skills.

The Horace Trahan performance includes a zydeco dance competition at 5 p.m. The festival also includes a silent auction, Cajun jam sessions, artisan booths and exhibits, children’s activities and more.

More information on the Berard Fund and CFA is available at 337-769-4842.

Want to go?

What: Third Annual Al Berard Music Festival

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.

Admission: $10, free for ages 12 and younger

Information: alberard.com



 

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