Bonsoir, Catingave two-stepping Cajun music fans a taste of their newest recording and Chile's Debajo del Agua related to the appreciative crowd through the international language of music as they sang in their native tongue.
And so it went Sunday as the sky shifted from intermittent sunshine in the early afternoon to overcast and pleasantly cool as the 31st running Festival International de Louisiane edged to conclusion in downtown Lafayette.
Acadian Open Channel has documented Festival's main stage bands for about 25 years.
"We've got an incredible archive of Festival footage. There's a music history in our files, real history," said Ed Bowie, executive director of AOC. "We record everything on the main stage and replay all that stuff throughout the course of the year."
Bowie said the replays from this year's festival begin in June.
"In a community like Lafayette, preservation and sharing cultures is a pretty big deal," he said. "That's what AOC does. This happens to be a significant, historical cultural impact kind of thing. From my perspective, we don't do it for the entertainment now, we do it for 20 years from now so we'll have this in the archives.
" … People want to see it, they want to be reminded, so it kind of keeps the festival spirit alive," he added. "And it enhances the festival to have the screens up and all that."
The directing, camera work, set-up and breaking down is all done by volunteers.
"We've got volunteers who take off work, come out and commit their full resources 24 hours a day for the whole five days of the festival," said Bowie. "We couldn't do it without them."
Local musician Mitch Reed said, "Sometimes everybody's so busy, you don't have time to rehearse, so you have to wing it. … But, usually if you throw together a project band, you try to at least have one rehearsal."
Reed said festival gigs and a regular gig are different.
"Just bringing in bands that are not from here and mixing in local bands, it creates this different kind of excitement. And so I find local people come out and they're a little bit more fired up, a little more excited to see you than if it was a regular gig."
Jimmy Breaux, usually found cradling an accordion or keeping time behind a drum kit, kept busy with a couple of festivals.
Breaux had just returned from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where he played drums with Ray Abshire "for about an hour and a half," he said. "I stayed in New Orleans for a one-day vacation because all of my other weekends have been so busy playing drums or accordion, just freelancing with different bands."
But Sunday afternoon found Breaux at Scene LUS International with a canvas chair in one hand and an eye on taking in the sights and sounds of other bands.
"Taking the day off," he said.
And with that Breaux unfolded his chair and awaited the music of India's Red Baraat.
After a moment of silence in a nod to a post-festival shooting death Saturday night, the Givers, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Dickie Landry prepared to face the setting sun and give festival-goers a festival finale under clear skies.