One could say this every weekend, but this weekend, Acadiana can look forward to lots of live music! Some of our favorite musicians, and some very new touring acts, will perform in lush gardens, historic hideaways and dives as Lafayette gears up to host Festival International. There will also be a female-centric event honoring one of Lafayette’s most iconic figures, and a screening that’s part of a growing film series in town. Have fun!


3/22: Soul Creole Trio: The historic Richard Sale Barn Abbeville will host the Soul Creole Trio this Friday for a special intimate show! Grammy winner Louis Michot, his wife Ashlee, and Corey Ledet form the trio on fiddle, guitar and accordion. Scratch Kitchen’s food truck will be on site, and drinks will be available as well. The performance kicks of The Bayou Vermilion District and Lafayette Travel’s joint venture Vermilion Voyage, a three-day, 50-mile guided overnight paddle from the Acadiana Nature Station to Palmetto Island State Park Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $15 on Eventbrite and $20 at the door. The show runs from 8-10 p.m.

3/23: Women Pioneers of Acadiana: This Saturday morning, Maison Title in Grand Coteau will host the Designing Women of Acadiana’s second annual Women Pioneers of Acadiana! Local business owner and philanthropist Sharon Moss will be honored with an open forum discussion. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a champagne and muffin breakfast, followed by the forum at 9:30, a tour of Grand Coteau at 10:45, and lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, $30 for DWA members and $15 for students.

3/23: Marina Orchestra: Are you already ready for Festival International? New Orleans-based rock and worldbeat act Marina Orchestra will bring something fresh and different with its brassy and polyrhythmic tunes this Friday night at the Pearl. The cheery band is influenced by an eclectic mix, from West African guitar acts and Caribbean vocal harmonies to classic rock. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $7 at the door.

3/25: Symphony of Soil: As part of its Les Vues Film Series, Vermilionville will screen “Symphony of the Soil,” which illustrates the relationship humans have with soil, the use and misuse of agriculture, deforestation and development as well as our own relation to the often overlooked substance. A discussion with curator Dr. Durga D. Poudel well follow the screening. The Les Vues Film Series is held every last Monday of the month.

3/27: Ann Savoy and Her Sleepless Knights: Legendary Cajun music matriarch Ann Savoy will play in the courtyard of Café Vermilionville this Wednesday evening for the restaurant’s spring courtyard concert series. The outdoor series kicked off last week with The Richard Revue, and upcoming artists include Sweet Willy Allen (Savoy’s son), Yvette Landry, Rio Luminoso and more! Shows start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.