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Lost Bayou Ramblers celebrate 20 years

Posted at 10:00 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 23:35:28-04

The Lost Bayou Ramblers are one of Acadiana's most celebrated bands, and this week they have a lot to celebrate themselves.

The Grammy Award-winning band just released "ASTEUR," a new live album, and on Saturday they have a special performance at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The sold-out show will double as a celebration of the band's 20th anniversary and as a local premiere of "On Va Continuer," a rockumentary about the band.

"On va continuer means we're going to keep going,'" said Louis Michot, one of the founders of the Lost Bayou Ramblers. "They really did a great job of seeing the bigger picture of what it takes to be a musician."

The documentary also highlights the band's mission of preserving a culture unique to south Louisiana.

"It's talking about the language, the music, everything that we're so proud of in Louisiana but we're so guarded for because it does seem like it's slipping," said Michot. "If I hadn't learned to speak French I don't think I'd be doing this. When I learned to speak French, I felt like I found a missing part of my blood, myself and my heritage."

Saturday's show at the AcA is also a first for the band.

"We started one block over from here (at the AcA)," said Michot. "We've never got to play here in 20 years and here we are, bringing our new documentary and new live album and it's just great to see it keep going."

Produced by Worklife Pictures, "On Va Continuer" is available right now on Vimeo and coming soon to streaming platforms. It's also available on DVD here.