Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2013-2014

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016, Noon, No Tickets Required

Rahim AlHajPhoto by Amos Perrine

Coolidge Auditorium

Yvette Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, not far from the levees of the Atchafalaya Basin, North America’s largest swampland. It was in and around that swamp where she learned to hunt, fish, ride horses, dance, understand French, and tell stories. After earning a master’s degree in education and developing a successful teaching career, she began telling stories through song. She is now a Grammy-nominated, award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Her debut award-winning album titled Should Have Known was released in 2010. Yvette has traveled the world and played countless cultural festivals, from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in New York. She toured Russia where she served as Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the Library of Congress, performing at the Festival of Traditional American Music. Elected as Governor to the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy, she is a member of The Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Balfa Toujours, and several other Cajun bands. When not playing music, Yvette stays busy as a mother, private homeschool teacher, an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a noted children’s author and a sign language interpreter.

Yvette will be joined by Richard Comeaux on pedal steel and Beau Thomas on fiddle.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.