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Texarkana Mardi Gras to Feature Cajun Artist Jo-El Sonnier [VIDEO]

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Jo-El Sonnier is no stranger to Cajun music. Ask anyone in the state of Louisiana and chances are, they know who you are talking about. Sonnier a native from Rayne, Louisiana and singer-songwriter with his signature accordion has been entertaining crowds since he was only 13 years-old. Through the years he’s played Cajun music in 49 states, 32 countries and during that time has had seven songs break into the Top 100 on the country music charts. Two songs broke into the Top 10 in 1988 “No More One More Time” and most notably “Tear Stained Letter.”

Currently, Jo-El is working on a brand new album “The Legacy” and recently was honored in Erath by being inducted into the Order of Living Legends, as ambassador of the state for his continued support of representing the culture and people of Louisiana with his Cajun influenced musical roots.

Catch Jo-El Sonnier performing a FREE show this Saturday at the “Second Annual Krewe of Koinonia Mardi Gras Festival” at Front Street Plaza in Downtown Texarkana.

The festival kicks off with the Paws & Rascals parade at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Motrocade parade at 4 p.m. and then the Grand Parade at 4:30 p.m. featuring lots of floats and bead throws. And Jo-El is set to perform immediately following the parade. So bring your folding chairs a blanket because it will be a little cool this weekend. Vendors will be on locations for food and crafts and there will be a beer garden.

For more information about this weekend’s Mardi Gras go to their facebook page.

Here’s the YouTube video of “Tear Stained Letter.”



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