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French Music Festival

GENEVIEVE, Mo. A North American French Music Festival, Vive La Musique, will take place Saturday Aug. 24 in the Bolduc House Museum located at 125 S.Main St. Ste. Genevieve will celebrate its heritage with the music festival since the neighborhood was a French colonial prior to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The city was home to French Americans from Quebec and New Orleans as well as to West Africans and also to refugees from the French Revolution and the Haitian Revolution. Native Americans from many tribes such as Shawnee, Delaware, Osage, Miami, Kaskaskia and Kickapoo were neighbors. The multi cultural music and stories which would have been familiar from the late 1700 and early 1800 will be performed from 10 a.m.

To 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 in the museum. Performances and demonstrations will be scattered through the museums historic houses and gardens with the most important stage in a camping tent in the parking lot on Second Street between Gabourie and Market Streets. Additionally, visitors are invited to bring instruments and join in on jam sessions. There’ll be several distinctive Demonstrations and music associated with the French heritage. Michael Rennels Thompson makes and plays pocket violins like The French coureurs Du Bois could have carried on fur trading trips through the continent. He’ll be on one of the porches to demonstrate making and playing these very high voiced instruments.

Singer Charles Glenn and jazz pianist, Larry Barker, will present a performance demonstration on the African and Caribbean roots of American jazz at 12: 30 p.m. On the main stage. Old Mines music violin player and North American French music expert, Dennis Stroughmatt, will teach a main violin class at 4 p.m. For intermediate and advanced violin students. Mark Palms, a direct descendant of the Rene LeMeilleur who constructed one of the houses in Ste. Genevieve, and his band, Creole du Nord, will call a traditional French street dance at 2 p.m. From the main stage. John Anderson of Kansas City will tell traditional West African folklore stories accompanied by the rhythms of the djembe drum at 11: 30 a.m.

And again at 4 p.m. The award winning childrens sing group, Les Petits Chanteurs, will lead a sing along at 10: 30 a.m. Recorded traditional Quebec recorded by La Bolduc, the legendary Canadian folksinger of the 30s, and the stories derived from the texts will be shared at 11 a.m. The evening concert will feature Dennis Stroughmatts band, LEsprit Creole and Mark Palms band, Creole du Nord, along with a taste of the 250 plus year old New Years Eve tradition, La Guignole. Tickets are available for $15 per person in advance at the Bolduc House Museum Shop and online at http:\/\/shop.bolduchouse.org\/August-24-201Vive-La Musique North American French Music Fest-9.htm.

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