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Night of Louisiana finds new venue for 2017 event

The 26th annual Night of Louisiana community event will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the John G. Kulhavi Events Center Atrium.

Grammy-nominated Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys and Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band will perform to represent cajun and creole French culture. Attendees can enjoy a po’ boy, which is a sandwich consisting of meat and seafood, and a Louisiana gumbo dinner for $15. The event will also serve a vegetarian option. A concession stand will be available.

General admission tickets are $35. Student admission is is $10. Tickets are available at Ticket Central. Those planning to stay the night can call the Courtyard Marriott at Central Michigan University for room discounts.

Night of Louisiana welcomes people of all ages from the Mount Pleasant community to dance, eat Louisiana cuisine and listen to cajun and zydeco music.

“The focus of the event is music and supporting the arts in our community,” said Misheaila Neil, director of University Events.

The celebration is sponsored by CMU Public Broadcasting, the Wheatland Music Organization and Courtyard by Marriott at CMU.

“The Wheatland Music Organization’s mission is to provide and expand people’s cultural experience to traditional art forms,” said Keith Voeks, assistant director of University Events. “And there is almost nothing as traditional as American music than cajun and zydeco.”

Night of Lousiana will be held at the John G. Kulhavi Event Center Atrium this year instead of its previous location Finch Fieldhouse.

“We want it to be an intimate setting,” Neil said. “Really interactive, that is our goal.”