We hope you’ll come make a weekend of it with us. We’ll be spending Saturday enjoying some delicious food, listening to some great music, and hitting the Zydeco breakfast at Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge.
(Of course you can also make your own fun! Plenty of suggestions below.)
Feufollet — quite possibly the best Cajun band alive — will be playing Sunday night. They're at the head of a wave of young bands who have revitalized Cajun music over the past few years, mixing it with other genres and bringing in new kinds of songs. You can read all about them here.
I also love the album En Couleurs by a group called Feufollet — the track I like in particular is “Au Fond Du Lac.” They’re from, I believe, Abbeville, Louisiana; I met a couple of them this spring when I was playing Jazz Fest in New Orleans. There's quite a lot of traditional music down there — Cajun music — but what's interesting is they’re young kids, so they’ve also got their own ideas. This sounds like a new kind of rock and roll. They sing everything in French — great melodies, three singers, accordian and everything — but there’s also electric guitar. There’s an artistry to it that enables them to step out from time and place and tradition. It’s one of the most beautifully melodic records I've heard all year.
How to get there
There are three Louisiana airports within a couple of hours of Lafayette. In order of closest to furthest:
Lafayette (LFT): right there!
Baton Rouge (BTR): 60 miles away
New Orleans (MSY): 130 miles away
Lafayette has direct flights to/from Dallas (American), Houston (United), and Atlanta (Delta). Bostonians, there’s a JetBlue route direct to New Orleans.
If you're flying in, we recommend investing in a rental car or else buddying up to someone driving in. Lafayette is not known for its public transportation, or its cabs, and if you want to explore Cajun country, it's mostly rural.
We’re assuming you know how to use Google Maps. Lafayette is about two hours west of New Orleans (take I-10 west), six hours southeast of Dallas (I-20 east/I-49 south), and three hours east of Houston (I-10 east).
When you’re in the car, be sure to tune your radio dial to the great KBON 101.1 or KRVS Radio Acadie 88.7 — both will mix in some French with their English and make you feel at home.
Where to stay
Anywhere in Lafayette will work fine — it’s not that big of a place. But here are a few ideas:
Blue Moon Saloon & Guesthouse
$18 to $90/night
The party location itself! This is a hostel with a few separate rooms. Please note: Not for the early-to-bed, since there will likely be shows there Friday and Saturday night, but will be probably be the most fun hotel
The Juliet Hotel
$139/night (and up)
A boutique hotel in easy walking distance of the Blue Moon
$135/night (and up)
An easy 2-mile drive from the Blue Moon, right on the Vermillion River
South Louisiana is a wonderful place, and we hope you’ll be able to spend some time roaming around — either by spending some time exploring Cajun country or taking a trip to New Orleans. You can find plenty to do in New Orleans yourself, but here are a few of the things you might want to do or see in and around Lafayette:
Explore the swamps on a swamp tour, either on the Atchafalaya Basin (some options: 1, 2, 3, 4) or on Lake Martin (some options: 1, 2, 3)
A. We are, yes — as of October 24, 2012. Here’s a picture:
We were legally wed at Cambridge City Hall with only immediate family in attendance. But we still wanted to celebrate with all of you! Also, we like an excuse to have a party.
Q. Why Louisiana?
A. Josh grew up in Rayne, a town about 20 miles west of Lafayette, in the heart of Cajun country. And Leah, who is from Charlotte, N.C., didn’t have anything to counter with that was cooler than crawfish.
Q. Why Sunday?
A. The venue we wanted, the Blue Moon Saloon, is busy hosting bands on Friday and Saturday evenings. (Hey, it could be worse; we got married on a Wednesday.)
Q. Hey, isn’t there a song about the Blue Moon in Lafayette?
A. There is! That’s how awesome the place is. “J’suis Gone à la Blue Moon,” by Cedric Watson. Listen to it below.
Q. Okay, important questions, now: What do I wear?
A. Anything you want, really, though if you show up in a tux or a formal gown, you’ll probably feel overdressed. Leah will be wearing a long white dress. We’re pretty sure Josh will be in slacks. But you coming in jeans is a-okay with us. Louisiana in April has highs around 79 degrees and lows around 59 degrees, and the Blue Moon is an outdoor venue. Plan accordingly!