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City-Parish Council to consider requesting that Festival book Cupid

Posted at 10:58 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 11:58:12-04

When the Lafayette City-Parish Council meets next week, discussion won't be limited to roads and bridges.

One of the items on the agenda is a resolution that makes a very specific request of Festival International: to book Cupid for the main stage.

Bryson "Cupid" Bernard is a Lafayette native currently best known for his song "Cupid Shuffle." He's also a world-record holder and a resident of Lafayette Parish.

The resolution, which you can read below, points out that City-Parish government contributes more than $300,000 to Festival in terms of funds and in-kind services, and "asks" that Festival book Cupid on the main stage.

Last year, Festival issued a press release regarding the line-up for the 2019 festival. Here's some of the statements in the release:

"As always, Festival International focuses on bringing in French-speaking musicians to share their language and diverse cultures with Lafayette."

"The bill for Louisiana’s homegrown artists is also a stand-out this year – with Grammy Award winners, blues legends and rising stars galore."

"Other local favorites to catch during Festival International are Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Lane Mack & The Balladeers and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. New Orleans will also be sharing its talent with Lafayette as we welcome Grammy Award nominees Cha Wa, as well as 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Winner Tank & the Bangas. Festival International takes pride in showcasing Louisiana talents along with top bands from around the world."

The resolution lists Cupid's accomplishments and asks the festival to showcase Cupid as an opening or closing. Last year, the Blue Monday Allstarts opened Festival, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band closed it out.

Here's the resolution: