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Songwriters Festival celebrates talent near and far

Say “festival” in our music-crazed corner of the world and visions of dancing, drinking, crawfish bread bowls and Ferris wheels flood the brain. But Lafayette is hosting a festival with no funnel cakes and alligator on a stick.

This event celebrates songwriting, the creative process behind the tunes that keep you two-stepping at your favorite fest.

“We call ourselves a music town and we are a music town,” said Mark Falgout, owner of the Blue Moon Saloon and Warehouse 535. “But the original music scene is a little sluggish right now.

“It may not be because the creativity’s not there. Maybe the interest is not there.

“So this brings folks from out of town to remind us how cool of a town we are and how much talent we have here.”

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 Zydeco musician Lil Nate, left, discusses and demonstrates his creative process May 27 at the Blue Moon Saloon during the South Louisiana Songwriters Festival. (Photo: David Simpson)

Zydeco musician Lil Nate, left, discusses and demonstrates his creative process May 27 at the Blue Moon Saloon during the South Louisiana Songwriters Festival. (Photo: David Simpson)

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