Over 100 music lovers filled the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and NW Louisiana History Museum to enjoy Smithfield Fair, the latest group to play at the museum as part of a series of concerts sponsored by NSU’s Louisiana Folklife Center.
Smithfield Fair has been a longtime feature of the Folklife Center’s annual Louisiana Folklife Festival. The group plays folk music in a variety of styles and from different areas and eras. The group also performed their original piece “Sweet Sugarcane”. That song has been licensed by the American Sugarcane Association and is used by them as a promotional theme. The group played and then answered audience questions about folk music.
The 2021 NSU Folklife Concert Series will continue next Saturday as the Yvette Landry Trio brings a high energy blend of Cajun and Country Music. San Antonio’s Nina Diaz will play her eclectic blend of musical styles next followed by Blato Zlato. Blato Zlato is Bulgarian for “Swamp Gold”. The group according to Folklife Center Director, Dr. Shane Rasmussen, plays a fusion of “Balkan and New Orleans Folk” which promises to be interesting, to say the least!
Each Saturday concert starts at 2:00 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. Admission is free. Come out and enjoy some absolutely superb live music and, while you are at the museum, take a look at the sports memorabilia, educational materials and historical artifacts. The museum is a gem in our community.
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