After having hosted Tuesday evenings in summer at the leisure center, the Nicolaitan group Cadill’Rock set out on a new challenge: to organize a music festival in Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave. The first Cadillac festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at the Jules-Fromage room from 4.30 p.m. "The idea dates back four or five years. I wanted a festival around the music of Detroit and Louisiana with American groups, in the footsteps of Lamothe-Cadillac," recalls Xavier Coron, frontman of the group. "The group was created in 2018, on the same theme, and after a consolidation phase, we decided to launch the festival this summer. If the health crisis does not allow Franco-American exchanges, Xavier Coron has succeeded in bring together artists, exhibitors and economic players linking these three geographic locations: Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, Detroit and Louisiana.
In addition to Cadill’Rock, bands Blastoff (rockabilly), No Name (rock), Rock in Peace (ACDC covers) and multi-instrumental artist Milko Bel will perform on stage. "We will play for about an hour each, and we hope to be able to have a little beef together at the end of the evening," announces the organizer. A luthier, a barber, a tattoo artist, food trucks and artisans will also be present for the public. The festival has already won a lot of support from the town hall of Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, from several traders and from the organizers of other important festivals in Tarn-et-Garonne, ready to contribute their experience. "Organizing such a festival cannot be invented, there are always things you don't think about. Being supported by experienced people is important. Especially with the Covid-19, we have to adapt to the prefectural instructions.
We have already gone from 500 people standing to 350 seated with tables to eat ", recognizes Xavier Coron." We also thank the groups who agree to come for a relative fee, that is to say that they will be paid according to attendance ", appreciates the organizer, looking for volunteers to participate in the setting up of the event." This first festival will also serve as a test. We aim to make it into a big US festival in the years to come, with why not gatherings of American cars ", confesses Xavier Coron.
True to its soul, the Cadill’Rock group is organizing its first American music festival in Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave in November, a musical tribute to Antoine de Lamothe-Cadillac. Now is the time to prepare and seek support.