New Year's Eve Dance with Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
Ring in the New Year with Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $35 (no table/seating reservations; first come, first served --majority of ticket sales are standing room only). The show is from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No outside food or beverages.
Geno Delafose (born February 6, 1971 in Eunice, Louisiana) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose.
Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his fathers band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player and continued to play with the band until his fathers death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father.
In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybodys Dancin in 2003. He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records.
He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album category for his Le Cowboy Creole album (2007).He lives in Duralde, Louisiana near Eunice where he operates his Double D Ranch raising cattle and horses. He also holds fan appreciation parties annually.
Vermilionville cannot allow any ticket holders inside the Performance Center before the doors open at 8:30 p.m. Lobby opens at 8:00 p.m. If you arrive before 8:30 p.m., you will have to stand in line outside the Performance Center. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
Program begins at 9:30 p.m. and ends at 12:30 a.m.
Tables and seating are available on first come first serve basis. NO TABLE RESERVATIONS.
This event is accessible for people with disabilities.
Dress code is jeans/business casual.
No dance floor enhancements (i.e. cornmeal, sawdust, etc.) are allowed in the Performance Center.
Finger food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Performance Center. Party trays are $10 and jambalaya is $5.
Vermilionville provides one complimentary glass of champagne per person at 11:45 p.m. And, yes, non-alcoholic options are available. Outside food and beverages are strictly prohibited.
Vermilionville is located at 300 Fisher Road, off Surrey Street in Lafayette, Louisiana. We are located across from the Lafayette Regional Airport and next to the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center, which features static exhibits and a wonderful film on the exile of the Acadians from their native Nova Scotia.
If you are coming from I-10 (either west or east), the following directions will take you to Vermilionville: Exit 103A to Lafayette. You will then merge onto US-167 South toward US-90/Morgan City. Continue onto US-90 East/Evangeline Thruway.
After approximately four miles, you will come to an intersection at Surrey Street/University Avenue and US-90 East/Evangeline Thruway. Turn left onto Surrey Street. You will then travel approximately four-tenths of a mile before reaching the Fisher Road intersection. Turn left onto Fisher Road. There is a large sign which reads "Vermilionville" indicating parking. The museum is located at 300 Fisher Road.
If you are coming from University Avenue, travel south until you reach the intersection with US-90 East/Evangeline Thruway. The only option is to turn right, stay in the far left lane when turning right and continue onto US-90 East/Evangeline Thruway a short distance. Using the left lane, turn left at the signal across from the airport (in line with car dealership). You must wait for the light to turn green to make your left turn here. Once green, turn onto US-90 West/Evangeline Thruway and take the right lane off of the Thruway onto Surrey (the next light). Take a left at the next light to get onto Fisher Road. Vermilionville will be on the left.
Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park (View)
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|