Enjoy music for a good cause at Acadia Music Fest

The fourth annual Acadia Music Fest, presented by the Ben Meyer Foundation, is set to kick off this Saturday at the Acadia Plantation Town Center on Percy Brown Road in Thibodaux. 

Being that the festival is all about the music, there will of course be some big-name acts getting the crowd movin’ and groovin’, including Flo Rida, Anders Osborne, The Revelries, Choppa, Soul Survivors, Rehab and Bishop Gunn, among other noteworthy performers. The full lineup can be viewed here. 

“This year, our lineup is chockablock with amazing talent, which it has been in the past,” said Thomas Meyer, founder of the Ben Meyer Foundation. “But this year we’ve been able to bring in four artists that in and of themselves could headline most events.” 

But the tremendous talent taking the stage isn’t the only reason this festival brings in thousands of people every year.  

The family-friendly festival has a kids’ area, where children can enjoy games, face painting, rides and more.  

Festivalgoers also enjoy viewing and purchasing local art at the event’s art market. The talent at the market is second to none, Meyer said.  

Of course, it wouldn’t be a South Louisiana festival without plenty of food. Several local food venders and food trucks from New Orleans will be on scene to serve patrons at the event. Vendors include Alumni Grill, Any O’Cajun, The Jambalaya Shoppe, Off The Hook and La Carreta, just to name a few.  

Tickets to the festival are $35 each in advance and can be purchased here. Tickets are $45 each at the door. VIP tickets are also available for $175 each and can be purchased by calling 985-492-0017.  

The gates open at 11 a.m., and the music starts at noon and ends at midnight.  

More information can be found at https://acadiamusicfest.net/.  

“It’s grown tremendously. The vision was to grow it over 10 years to have a national act such as Flo Rida as our headliner,” Meyer said.  “And here we are in our fourth year, already being able to attain someone like that. I think the reason why is because this community has just been amazing in the way that it has supported us.”  

The festival is for a good cause, too.  

All the proceeds from Acadia Music fest go to the Ben Meyer Foundation, the local nonprofit named after Meyer’s late brother.  

“He [Ben Meyer] was a student at Nicholls, and he had a love for music and children,” Meyer said. “His career path seemed to be something in the area of helping children, whether it be teaching or something along those lines.”  

So now, in his honor, the foundation donates the money raised from the festival every year to organizations geared towards helping children. This year, the beneficiaries are CASA of Lafourche and MacDonell Children’s Services. 

“Our theme from day one has always been helping children,” Meyer said. “That’s probably been our biggest blessing ⁠— to be able to remember him by doing that.”