LAFAYETTE — The Blackpot Festival & Cookoff is a two-day, music genre-bending affair and cast iron vessel cooking competition that includes room and board for the hearty and late-night jammers just a two-step and shuffle away from the dancing, food and fun being had by all.
A ticketed event, it all gets underway at 5 p.m. Friday and continues through Saturday at Vermilionville Historic Village, 300 Fisher Road.
While the audience can expect gravy and cracklin' cook-offs and south Louisiana sounds, you'll find a few curveballs on the music schedule as well, Blackpot co-founder Chas Justus said.
"(Music programmer and co-founder Glenn Fields) always does a really good job of getting something that nobody would expect,” Justus said. “That’s one of my favorite things about his programming.”
With that in mind, save some energy this year for performances from the dance duo Quintron & Miss Pussycat and the folk sounds of The Murphy Beds.
“There’s not really a criteria except for quality,” Justus said of the music lineup. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be roots music, even though we are pretty into roots music and involved in it. It’s going to have a lot of that flavor, and, of course, it’s going to be drawing on local resources.
“But Glenn is deliberate about wanting to have things that are completely oddballs, for lack of a better term. That keeps me interested.”
Still, Blackpot has to fulfill expectations of what people want from a south Louisiana music festival and give fans those Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop performances. Among those musicians is zydeco favorite Keith Frank, who will make his Blackpot debut with The Frank Family Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the main stage.
Overall, the lineup is as unique as the festival, which started a dozen years ago. That camping, cook-off and Cajun jam atmosphere is a major selling point for Justus.
“It’s the only festival where you can camp and hang out at the festival,” Justus said. “It’s got a really eclectic lineup so people from down here can hear stuff that they wouldn’t necessarily hear at a typical Louisiana festival.”
Those eclectic groups include The Cadillac Grainers, Barbara Lynn, Roochi Toochi & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings, Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz, and Los Texmaniacs.
For out-of-state visitors, the draw is being immersed in that south Louisiana comfort, Justus said while giving a nod to this year's acts such as Walter Mouton, Savoy Family Band, The Pine Leaf Boys, The Nouveau String Band, Julie Williams, and the Revelers.
"Things like that ... that’s why they want to come down here," he said.
WHEN: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday
WHERE: Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette
COST: Weekend passes available for $60, includes camping fees. Friday passes are $25; Saturday passes $35. Friday and Saturday camping tickets are $20 per day.
Friday, Oct. 27
On the main stage
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Preston & Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band
9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Quintron & Miss Pussycat
11 p.m. to midnight: The Pine Leaf Boys
On the chapel stage
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Cajun jam
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Blackpot participants concert hosted by Joel Savoy
Saturday, Oct. 28
On the main stage
11 a.m. to noon: Square dance with Clelia Stefanini and friends with Nancy Spero Calling
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.: The Nouveau String Band
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Plaquemine Brûlée
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: The Savoy Family Band
4:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.: The Cadillac Grainers
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Barbara Lynn
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Walter Mouton & the Scott Playboys
9 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.: Los Texmaniacs
10:45 p.m. to midnight: The Revelers
On the chapel stage
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Cowboy corral with Luke Bell, Matt Kinman and Kevin Martin
2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.: The Ladles
3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: The Murphy Beds
4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Laura Mae Socks
6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz
7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Roochi Toochi & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
On the schoolhouse stage
Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Ethan Azarian & Two Telephone Wednesdays
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Little Mazarn
2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Erin Durant
3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Julie Williams & Friends
4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: The Daiquiri Queens
5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.: Esther Rose
6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Jesse Lege
7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Get Up Rounder
8 p.m.: Old Time Jam