Lafayette, LA, February 25, 2015 – Each year, Festival International de Louisiane hosts the Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME), along with Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission. LIME is designed to promote and present Louisiana musicians to music industry professionals from around the world. The event takes place on the Friday of Festival International and encourages professional networking opportunities and interactions, while showcasing Louisiana musicians.
“We, at festival, feel a responsibility to not only bring the world to Lafayette, but to expose our wonderful local music to the world outside of Lafayette,” says Lisa Stafford, Programming Director of Festival International. “This is a great opportunity for professional bands, who are ready to tour, to meet organizers of festivals and venues from across the U.S. and internationally on a one on one basis.”
Scheduled for Friday, April 24, at the Feed & Seed, LIME will host a private Musicians Lounge and Speed Booking with registered musicians and music buyers. The event will then open the doors to the public for a five-band showcase of local musicians, admission is $7. “This is a great way for fans of local music to come out and support their favorite artists and possibly discover new bands as well,” says Stafford. “It really helps the local music scene flourish.”
LIME’s invited guests consist of music supervisors, event presenters, festival programmers, record labels, A&R, agents, etc. Past industry attendees include those from Lincoln Center Music Festival (Washington D.C.), World Music Institute (New York), Marabi Productions/Musiques-Metisses Festival (France), Citifolk Festival (Dayton, Ohio), Blues Passion Festival (France), Lake Eden Arts Festival (North Carolina), Red River Revel Music Festival (Louisiana), Festivals Acadiens de Caraquet (New Brunswick), Rhythm & Roots Festival (Rhode Island), Savannah World Music Festival (Georgia), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), and many more.
New to LIME this year is a workshop at Tipitina’s Co-Op in advance of the event to help local musicians sell their music at LIME. Taking place March 24, the workshop will include staff from Festival International and Tipitina’s showing musicians how to revise their elevator pitch, maximize their promotional materials, anticipate questions from buyers and register for LIME.
“Festival International does so much for our community and we are excited and thankful to be a part of this workshop, which is a terrific way the staff of Festival is giving back to the musicians of Acadiana,” says Chad Fouquier with Tipitina’s. “We are hoping that the participants walk away with a more advanced concept of how to effectively package and sell their act to potential buyers.”
As LIME enters its eighth year, the event strives to evolve and at the same time fulfill its original mission to boost Louisiana’s cultural economy by capitalizing on the state’s largest cultural export — music. Part of that evolution will be in the form of Official After Festival LIME Showcases at partner venues, including Feed & Seed, Artmosphere and Jefferson Street Pub. Visiting music buyers registered for LIME will get a VIP pass to these shows and hopefully broaden their musical experience during Festival International.
Louisiana musicians and music industry professional can register for LIME at:
LIME Schedule for 2015:
Tuesday, March 24
Tipitina’s Co-Op Workshop – 203 Jefferson St.
Friday, April 24
The Feed & Seed – 106 N. Grant St.
12:00-1:30 p.m. – Speed Booking (LIME registrants only)
Showcases (open to the public):
1:45-2:05 p.m. – Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (Cajun)
2:20-2:40 p.m. – Blayze N’ Saddles (Country)
2:55-3:15 p.m. – Michael Juan Nunez (Blues)
3:30-3:50 p.m. – The Amazing Nuns
4:05-4:30 p.m. – Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys plus Jeffery Broussard Family Band (Zydeco)
Official LIME After Festival Showcases:
The Feed & Seed – 106 N. Grant St.
Thursday, April 23 – Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys with Sweet Cecilia
Friday, April 24 – Bonsoir Catin, CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis plus French Axe
Saturday, April 25 – The Rayo Brothers, Matt Babineaux & The Climbers plus Kevin
Sekhani & His Travelling Companions
Artmosphere – 902 Johnston St.
Wednesday, April 22 – Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
Thursday, April 23 – Blayze n Saddles, Rad Wagon plus Cedric Watson & the Mad
Sunday, April 25 – Sweet Cecilia
Jefferson Street Pub – 500 Jefferson St.
Thursday, April 23 – Zydeco Radio
LIME initially arose as a response to an effort by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Office of Cultural Development’s appeal to institutions across Louisiana to look for new and innovative ways to boost Louisiana’s cultural economy. LIME was the first to answer this call, using Festival International as the setting for interaction between the musicians of Acadiana and a bevy of presenters, agents and labels. The Louisiana International Music Exchange not only forms a network between artists and presenters, but also increases the economic wealth of Louisiana by creating jobs and futures. LIME capitalizes on Louisiana’s largest cultural export — music. To learn more about LIME, visit festivalinternational.org/special-events/lime/ or www.facebook.com/louisianainternationalmusicexchange.