Apr 19, 2010 12:06 PM by Melissa Canone
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette is getting ready for the annual
Festival International de Louisiana.
The festival returns to downtown Thursday through Sunday.
Kim Neustrom, vice president of marketing on the Festival's
board of directors, says there will be an increased focus on
children's activities Saturday and Sunday.
And for those finding the extensive music lineup hard to keep up
with, Neustrom said new technologies will also play a role in the
festival this year, including a free Festival International iPhone
Once festivalgoers learn the locations of the multiple stages,
they will have a large number of acts to choose from. Neustrom says
one special act opening the 2010 festival is Sharon Jones and the
Dap-Kings, an act that is finding great international success.
"When we booked her, Sharon King was on the cusp of really
breaking out into the world music scene and all of this peaked two
weeks ago. We are very proud to have her opening up for us Thursday
night," Neustrom told The Advocate of Baton Rouge.
Neustrom said other great acts include "a great reggae band,"
Steel Pulse, which will be playing Saturday night. To close the
festival Sunday, the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars will be
"They also have international fame now," Neustrom said. "We
have a great mix of well-known international acts along with great
local and regional bands to highlight."