AUGUST 18, 19, and 20, 2006
18th Annual "Le Cajun" Music Awards will be held at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on August 18, 2006 and the Le Cajun Music Festival will be held at Blackham Coliseum on August 19-20, 2006. The Le Cajun Award and Festival is a unique three day event that features an awards ceremony honoring the best in Cajun music and Cajun musicians and includes a two-day dance festival with award winning Cajun bands providing the music.
The Grammy style awards ceremony, sponsored by the Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) includes awards for Band of the Year, Best Accordionist, Best Fiddler, Best Male and Female Vocalist, Song of the Year and Best Recording of the Year. Cajun bands from outside Louisiana including Europe are also recipients of awards. This year there will also be a "People’s Choice Award" for Best CD voted on by the entire membership.
The CFMA, which sponsors the festival, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Cajun music, language and culture. It was founded in 1984 by Mr. Harry Lefleur of Eunice, La. and has grown to over 2,000 member families.