Excursions

SongRoutes Louisiana

New Orleans, Cajun and Creole Country – Jan 9-19 2019

Highly Motivated By Fun Tour

SongRoutes is thrilled to be embarking on our first Louisiana Arts and Culture Tour! This trip will be a 10 day voyage jam-packed with music, dance, food, history and learning all about this fascinating region that is unlike anywhere else in North America. We will be splitting our time between New Orleans and Cajun and Creole Country – where we will meet and learn from local artists, cooks and historians.

Photo by Louis G. Crispino

The birthplace of Jazz and the home of an incredibly rich African-American culture, New Orleans has created and nurtured a deep and powerful world of music, cuisine, community and arts. The Cajuns, driven down south and exiled to the bayous, brought their vibrant music and traditions to help them survive and flourish into a culture that is very much alive and well today. There are few places in North America where music is so vibrant, respected and celebrated. The music grabs you and invites you to participate. Rich in culture, folkways, music, dance, cuisine and most importantly people and community – Louisiana is a special place to visit and learn from. We will listen, learn, dance, cook, taste, participate and enjoy!

New Orleans – Jan 9-14

Our itinerary will include…

  • Walking tour of the French Quarter
  • Walking tour of the Treme neighbourhood and a visit to the Backstreet Museum
  • Workshop/Class with New Orleans duo – Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger
  • Workshop/Class with Doreen Ketchens and her band!
  • Night out at the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Cooking Class
  • Jazz History Class
  • Church Service
Photo by Louis G. Crispino

We will stay in the beautiful Hotel Provincial right in the French Quarter. We will be 3 blocks away from Frenchman Street – a live music paradise with. We are also 2 blocks from the Market and Cafe Du Monde (world famous beignets open 24 hours a day)!

Cajun and Creole Country – Jan 14-19

We will then be picked up by our incredible host -Jim – and driven to Jim and Christy’s farm 20 minutes outside of Lafayette. We will be spending 5 days in the heart of Cajun and Creole country – meeting, eating and dancing with our new friends and experiencing some of the best music in the area! Our stay will include..

  • Cajun and Zydeco dance lessons
  • House Concert with local Cajun musicians
  • Swamp Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Shared home cooked meals
  • Cajun history/music workshop
  • Visit to state park
  • Crafter noon (make your own Mardi Gras mask)
  • Potluck Dance to celebrate at the end.

Accommodations will be split between Jim and Christy’s farm and beautiful cabins on the bayou (about 15-20 minutes away) To learn more about the Bayou Cabins go here. Jim and Christy run the live music venue – The Whirlybird -which they describe as an underground movement, fiercely dedicated to the pursuit of celebrating with good friends and family. Here are some links to the beautiful accommodations at their place – Folk Art Barn and Stonewood Plantation.