Listen. Play. Dance. Or, do all three - if you choose - at Vermilionville's weekly Cajun Jam Sessions. After you enjoy the weekend buffet special in our restaurant, La Cuisine de Maman, be sure to explore the historic village and stop by the Performance Center for some great, Cajun entertainment.
Jules (known in the region a "Nonc Jules") is a Cajun from Carencro, Louisiana. Jules taught himself to play the Cajun accordion, the triangle (or also known as the "tit fer"), and the harmonica (or also known as the "musique à bouche"). He currently leads the band "Nonc Jules and Lachez-Les" and has written and recorded many popular Cajun music songs with some of the area's leading musicians.
Since June of 1983, Jules has worked as the on-air host of KRVS's weekly Cajun music show, "Le Bal de Dimanche Apres Midi" (the Sunday afternoon dance), and is the recipient of the Jo-El Sonnier Greatest Cajun DJ Award presented to him in 2007. He hopes to preserve the tradition of Cajun music by promoting it among the young and aspiring musicians. He has been an active part of the Vermilionville family since opening in 1990. He is married to Mary Lou Guidry, who has also worked and performed at Vermilionville.
Even before Jules came to Vermilionville, his passion for the French language was evident by his work as the accountant for CODOFIL. (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) where he worked for 17 years. Jules enjoyed a 35-year career in Louisiana State Government, retiring in 1998. On February 27, 2010, Jules was inducted into the Order of Living Legends at the Acadian Museum in Erath, Louisiana.
Most days, you can find Nonc Jules at Vermilionville entertaining guests at the historic schoolhouse (L’École) with his stories of the Acadians and playing his accordion. Take the opportunity to stop in and visit with him. We can assure you your visit will be memorable and rewarding.