Acadiana Coup de Main returns

by Walter Pierce

Raise funds for a worthy cause - 232-HELP/Louisiana 211 - and enjoy some of the best music Acadiana has to offer Thursday at Evangeline Downs.

Geno Delafose

One of the coolest benefit/fundraisers to dot the South Louisiana calendar returns to Opelousas on Thursday. The 2012 Acadiana Coup de Main will feature performances by Warren, Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress, Lynn August, Grammy-nominated Geno Delafose, Travis Matte, Keith Frank and a
guest appearance by Chris Ardoin and others.

The annual event - 5:30-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino - benefits 232-HELP/Louisiana 211, a vital referral system that connects the needy with services in their area as well as a means of connecting disaster/emergency victims with agencies that can help.

The fundraiser this is year is especially vital: 232-HELP's state funding was slashed from the budget. "This concert brings together some of the hottest bands in Acadiana to raise money and awareness for vital non-profit organizations," says event organizer Dustin Cravins. "All the bands donate their time and 100 percent of proceeds go to charity. 232-HELP is a tremendous resource to this community and the services they provide are invaluable to Acadiana and Louisiana - especially evident in the wake of Hurricane Isaac."

Advance tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at 232-HELP, 1005 Jefferson St., (337) 205-6004 or (337) 232-4357; and at Cravins Insurance Agency, 223 North Market St. in Opelousas,  (337) 942-8784 or (337) 250-8780. Tickets at the door at $15 per person. Tickets can also be purchased online by clicking here.