NATCHITOCHES – A variety of musical styles will be showcased at the 37th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival on Friday and Saturday in Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State campus.

NATCHITOCHES – A variety of musical styles will be showcased at the 37th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival on Friday and Saturday in Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State campus.

More than 20 musical acts will perform cajun, zydeco, country, bluegrass, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues and more.

Among the featured musical groups on Friday will be Joyful Sounds, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Briggs Brown and the Bayou Cajuns, Ed Huey, line dancing with the LaCour Trio, Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue Band, and an open bluegrass and country jam with Max and Marcy. There will also be Cajun dance lessons on Friday and Saturday.

Musical groups performing on Saturday are Catahoula Drive and the Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band, Tommy Hailey, Bill Romano and Amanda Ryland, the Woodlawn Lion Dance Team, Lil Wayne and Same Ol’ 2 Step, the Huval-Fuselier Cajun Trio, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, the St. Savior Baptist Church Choir and Young Adult Choir, Bubba Hebert and the New Morse Playboys, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, the Sarah Jayde Combeaux, Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue Band, Choctaw Apache of Ebarb Rising Sun Youth Group, Twang Darkly, and an open bluegrass and country jam with Max and Marcy.            

Tickets can be purchased at Prather Coliseum on both days.  The ticket booth opens at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The Festival closes at 10:30 p.m. both nights.

Children age 12 and under receive free admission to all events on both days.  Ticket prices for adults are $5.50 per person for Friday; $8.50 per person for all events on Saturday; $5.50 per person for an evening pass to all events after 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The 2016 Festival theme is “Emerging Artists,” celebrating the many outstanding new artists keeping traditions alive in Louisiana.

The Annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will also be part of the Festival. The Fiddle Championship will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. There will be a non-championship class and a championship class. Registration is at noon in the second floor foyer outside Magale Recital Hall. The Fiddle Championship winner will perform on the main stage in Prather Coliseum at 5:30 p.m.

Narrative sessions will include programs on Choctaw-Apache youth culture, Caddo pottery, children’s folkways, Cajun music, Vietnamese-American culture, building rural space music and informances by Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns and the Sarah Jayde Combeaux.

Nearly four dozen craftspeople have been invited to display their traditional work on Saturday and discuss their work with those attending the Festival. Craftspeople are expected to display furniture, art, toys, dolls, jewelry, whips, filé, handmade musical instruments, baskets, weaving, pottery, beadwork and more.

KidFest will once again be available on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Kidfest is an area dedicated to child-friendly activities and is a fun way for children to examine their own cultural and family traditions as well as those from around the state.