Lawrence Ardoin with sons Sean and Chris, Zydeco Capital Jam, March 14, 2020
Lawrence Ardoin, joined by sons Sean and Chris, led the Zydeco Capital Jam 1-3 p.m. March 14, 2020, at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center on I-49. He also led the March session last year, which occurred near the one-year anniversary of the unveiling on March 11, 2018, of a statue of legendary Creole musician Amédé Ardoin in the garden at the front of the center. Amédé Ardoin was a relative of the late Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin, father of Lawrence Ardoin.

Other musicians taking part in the jam were Jeffery Broussard, Jonathan Goodly-Druilhet, Zydeco Joe Citizen, and Ken West.

Though larger events in Louisiana were cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, smaller activities in St. Landry Parish went on as scheduled. The Visitor Center had hand sanitizer available, and we avoided shaking hands with one another. Instead of the outbreak, everyone was focused on enjoying the music and learning more about the Ardoin family and the Creole music tradition that evolved into zydeco and Cajun music. The question and answer part of the program included contemporary issues about what constitutes zydeco and the way that those outside the culture try to define it in their own terms or appropriate it for their purposes.

The event was hosted by Herman Fuselier, executive director of the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission, who interviewed participants and led the question and answer session.
For information about future Zydeco Capital Jams on the second Saturday of the month, go to www.facebook.com/VisitStLandryParish/. The Facebook page also has a weekly calendar of events where you can learn about which activities continue to be held and when currently suspended activities like the Liberty Theater’s Rendez-vous des Cajuns show will resume.

I tried to deal as best I could with backlighting in Lightroom post processing. While taking photographs, I used behind-the-camera bounce flash a couple of times but decided it was too distracting and stuck with available light (and shadows).

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to www.cajunzydecophotos.com or www.cajunzydecophotos.com/mobile.
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