Cajun music is one of the Acadian's precious cultural resources. Many of the songs played by Cajun musicians today were handed down from generation to generation in a hands-on learning process. Each musician adding a little of their own personal creative flair and technique to performing the song, making it uniquely their own. While the fiddle, guitar and other musical instruments are taught with sheet music, the Cajun accordion lacks written music as a resource to learn. The Cajun accordion is referred to as a "diatonic" accordion producing a different sound when pushed and pulled, just like a harmonica. Our Cajun music jam sessions provide beginners wanting to learn and veterans who are glad to share with a casual setting to pass on the knowledge.
Vermilionville hosts a weekly Cajun music jam session. The Cajun music jam session is held from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM every Saturday at the Visitor's Center at Vermilionville. This is a cultural partnership between Vermilionville and the Cajun French Music Association (CFMA). The sessions always feature at a minimum two professional Cajun musicians, one on fiddle and another on the accordion. On any given weekend you will have the opportunity to visit, speak with and learn from veteran professional Cajun music musicians.
The Cajun music jam sessions are open to the public, you don't have to be a musician to come and enjoy great acoustic music. No amps, no filters, just pure Cajun music from the heart. Many visitors remark at just how much they've enjoyed their visit to Lafayette because they were able to experience first-hand our wonderful Cajun music.
We hope to see you at a future Cajun music jam session. The Vermilionville restaurant, La Cuisine de Maman (Mama's Cooking) is open for lunch on Saturday, so you can enjoy a wonderful meal and the enjoy great music. No admission fees for visiting the restaurant or the Cajun music jam session.
A special "Thank You" to the CFMA for joining Vermilionville in supporting the Cajun music jam session at Vermilionville.