Cajun French Music Association

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Cajun French Music Association

I love it when my phone dings with new opportunities. Renee Smith, CEO and backbone of Lake Charles Pitbull Rescue, sent me a message asking if I’d be available to check something out.  I was eager and called her right away. 

When we get on the phone, I’m flabbergasted at what Renee is telling me.  I drive by this building every single day, and have done so for…I don’t know how many years now.

It’s a blue corrugated metal building, and for the longest time, rusted and retired antique tractors sat idle across the property. On occasion, I’d pass by to find a parking lot full of vehicles, but that was seldom. I always figured it to be some sort of private gig, or super secret club, not to be confused with the fancy wedding venues taking place in the copper clad Chandelier Room to the rear of the property.

Renee had simple instructions for me: show up at 5:30 pm in casual attire, and meet me at the door. When I arrived the parking lot was full and there were a few kids running around dressed for a Mardi Gras Chicken Run. 

Turns out this was a meeting for the Cajun French Music Association’s Lake Charles Chapter. The building and property were generously donated by a kind and giving man, Rodney Kershaw.

As I stepped through the doors, I found pure Cajun music heritage inside. To the right, the backdrop is an old midwestern ghost town. To the left, a stage, community tables and hundreds of framed photos featuring Cajun music artists.

Later I’m seated with Renee and her husband Joel. I’m treated to a hot bowl of tasty gumbo, the ingredients provided from the donations of members and their guests. The monthly meeting kicks off with typical news and organization updates. 

At the close of the meeting, a gentlemen shakes a can of dust on the dance floor, and the band begins to play.

I’m witnessing an immersion of Cajun culture play out before me in real time as dancers young and old take to the floor to Cajun two-step. The CMFA Queens grace the floor, conversing with guests, handing out raffles and door prizes.

Personally, I would love to see others enjoy this experience. The CMFA meetings take place on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 pm. Admission is free, food is $5 per serving, drinks (including beer) are available. You won’t want to miss their first Cajun Music Brunch on Sat. April 6, from 10 am to 2 pm. I know I can’t wait!


The CMFA’s Lake Charles Chapter meetings are located at 3481 E. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

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