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4th of July 2012 in Lafayette and Acadiana

The 4th of July brings a lot of heat with it, but it also brings lots of great music, family fun and fireworks. Here are our Top Picks for a fun July 4th celebration in Lafayette and Acadiana.

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What’s the Difference Between Jambalaya and Rice Dressing?

Today Debbie Ray and I got into a discussion about side dishes while a song was playing on the radio. (What happens off the air is always crazier than what happens ON the air!) It spilled into the show and Cheryl called in to tell us all about it

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Peace & Love Festival: 17 Taken to Hospital After Being Struck by Lightning

Uh oh. This news won’t do anything to renew music fans’ faith in outdoor summer festivals, which are seeing an increase in acts of God and stage collapses in recent years. A total of 17 people were taken to the hospital after being struck by lightning at the Peace & Love Festival in Sweden at around 3PM local time today (June 26).

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Gator by the Bay Festival in San Diego Promotes Louisiana and Zydeco

While we were recovering from Festival International and Jazz Fest here at home, folks in California were celebrating our culture on Harbor Island in San Diego Bay. The Louisiana Office of Tourism sponsored 'Gator by the Bay' which featured music and food from the Bayou State and Lafayette - they even gave away a trip to Louisiana! Bands included and Grammy Award winning Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, KeithFrank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.

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Compete4aCause To Be Held This Saturday, May 12 [UPDATE]

UPDATE:
Unfortunately, they are canceling Compete 4 a Cause tomorrow due to the impending rain.  They will reschedule the whole day and let you know when it will be!

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Fun Things to Do in Lafayette This Weekend

Well, it's not really in Lafayette, but THE event of the weekend in Acadiana is the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Gates open at 4:30 on Friday and the party lasts all weekend long. Jazz Fest also continues through Sunday in New Orleans.

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Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival This Weekend

Friday through Sunday, it will be wall-to-wall music, fun and crawfish!  The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival gets underway on Friday May 4.  Gates open at 4pm, opening ceremonies at 4:30, with the Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest to follow.

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Steve’s Jazz Fest Tips

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for me. For the past ten years, I've been accompanied by a friend who grew up in New Orleans. If you're attending Jazz Fest for the first

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Fun Things to Do in Lafayette This Weekend

Festival International de Louisiane is the "largest free Francophone music-focused festival in North America, and is, simply put, one of the best festivals in the world," according to About.com, and it's on in Lafayette all weekend long! But there's lots more to do and see if you want to get out of the city this weekend...

There's the Etouffee Festival in Arnaudville, on the grounds of St.

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Gary Clark, Jr. Headlines Festival International Tomorrow

Gary Clark, Jr. Headlines the festivities at Festival International tomorrow night. He'll take the stage @ Popeye's Scene International at 9:45. His fiery blend of  blues,  classic hip-hop and contemporary soul. Is sure to be a hit with a high-spirited Festival Audience.

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I Just Went For A Bike Ride: Success!!

Was I worried it wouldn't be a success?  Yup!  Reason being:  bad tires.  My bicycle has been sitting in the barn for 5 years now, with NO maintenance.  I used compressed air to spray off the dust and cobwebs, then aired up the tires, adjusted the seat, and hit the road.

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Festival International De Louisiane To Feature Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolph

Thursday Night, Festival  International will feature some of the best music you can hear anywhere in the world, and it's free! Sonny Landreth takes the Parc International stage at 6:00. Sonny's resume'

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