Spurlock, Folk-Roots fest join forces for Cajun event
URBANA — The Spurlock Museum and the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival will bring a little Cajun culture to C-U from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave.
The evening will feature the Cornstalkers Cajun Band with Matt Turino, fiddle; Tom Turino, accordion; Randy Cordle, guitar; JB Faires, bass; and Kristi Emilsson, triangle. The band performs Cajun and zydeco music from southwest Louisiana.
Starting at 7 p.m., people will practice traditional Cajun dance steps. A dance will take place from 8 to 10 p.m.
"The rhythmically challenged will find themselves tapping along, the lame will two-step and shy folks may find they're not so shy after all," bandleader Tom Turino said in a news release.
Tandy Lacy, director of education at Spurlock at the University of Illinois, said part of the world culture museum's mission is to bring cultural events to the community through collaborations with other organizations.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to do that in a fun and family friendly way," she said.
Brenda Koenig of the C-U Folk & Roots Festival said collaborations such as the Cajun dance event have been instrumental in the festival's growth during the last five years. The festival will take place Nov. 1-2 in downtown Urbana.
Admission to the Cajun dance event is a $5 suggested donation at the door; children younger than 12 are admitted free. The program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, visit http://www.folkandroots.org or http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/.