South Louisiana makes plenty of music, and not all of it is exclusive to New Orleans.
Eunice is a small town west of the city, and it is the geographic and cultural heart of the traditional folk music of Cajun people in Louisiana. Aside from the surrounding rice patties and boudin joints of road-food lore, Cajun country is also home to a distinctive style of fiddle- and accordion-based music.
Mark Savoy, a master craftsman of button-style reed accordions common to Cajun music, owns the Savoy Music Center of Eunice. It is ground zero for this sound. Every Saturday, the center hosts a jam session; this year, they brought it to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Crowds were unabashedly two-stepping in the wet field surrounding the Sheraton Fais Do-Do stage, as members of the Pine Leaf Boys joined community elders playing fiddles and slack key guitars. It was a close-up view of community music-making at its finest.
A few participants of the Savoy Music Center of Eunice jam session.