The Rites of Spring

Downtown Alive! and Bach Lunch return in March with more stellar - and free - outdoor concerts downtown.

Downtown Alive! and Bach Lunch return in March with more stellar - and free - outdoor concerts downtown.

We're rapidly moving into the best time to be living in our li'l Cool Town, and the return of Fridays' Bach Lunch and Downtown Alive concerts on March 8 is like harmonious buds bursting on the branches of our hearts. Yes, that was melodramatic.

Held at noon in Parc Sans Souci, the Lafayette Science Museum Foundation's biannual Bach Lunch concert series brings, like its evening counterpart Downtown Alive!, the best local and traveling bands representing a wide range of styles. Each is a fundraiser - the former for the Science Museum Foundation, the latter for the Downtown Lafayette Unlimited - with the nooner raising cash by selling box lunches donated by local restaurants. In both cases concession sales help raise the money, so please leave the ice chests at home. If you were planning to bring an ice chest full of beer to a noon concert, call a substance-abuse hotline stat.

Downtown Alive! concerts begin at 6 p.m. with concession sales cranking up a half hour earlier.


March 8: The Original Pintettes (Parc International)

March 15: Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band (Parc International)

March 22: Creole String Beans (Parc Sans Souci)

March 29: Good Firday No DTA!

April 5: Cowboy Mouth (Parc International)

April 12: Dege Legg and Black Bayou Construckt (Parc Sans Souci)

April 19: The Band Courtbouillon featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy (Parc International)

April 26: Festival International de Louisiane No DTA!

May 3: Rue Boogaloo (Parc Sans Souci)

May 10: Louisiana Red (Parc Sans Souci)

May 17: Mercy Brothers (Parc Sans Souci)

May 24: Sassafras Jubilee (Parc Sans Souci)

May 31: Generationals & LillyBrave (Parc Sans Souci)


March 8: Les Freres Michot
(food from Hub City Diner and iMonelli)

March 15: Bonsoir, Catin
(Bailey's Seafood & Grill, Roly Poly and Zea's Rotisserie & Grill)

March 22: The Viatones
(Abacus Restaurant & Catering, Poupart's Bakery and Tsunami Sushi)

March 29: Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express
(Ema's Café, Deano's and O'Charley's Restaurant)

April 5: The Revelers
(Agave Cantina, Chris' Po-Boys and Great Harvest Bread Co.)

April 12: The Rayo Brothers
(Creole Lunch House, Jefferson Street Pub and Johnsons Boucaniere)

April 19: Mike Dean
(Chick-Fil-A, French Press and Poupart's Bakery)
April 26:**  Rob Curto and Cubato/Festival International de Louisiana
(Antoni's Restaurant, Burgersmith, Cena-to-Go, Chris' PoBoys, Hub City Diner, Joey's Specialty Foods and Roly Poly)

Bach Lunch is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year - hard to believe! - and to mark the occasion while flexing its fundraising muscle, the Lafayette Science Museum Foundation will be raffling off a piece of artwork by popular local artist Kelly Guidry. "Musique" is a mixed media sculpture designed to hang on a wall. Tickets for the raffle are $5 apiece and can be purchased at the Lafayette Science Museum as well as at both Bach Lunch and Downtown Alive! concerts during March and April. The winner will be announced at the April 26 Bach Lunch. For details, call (337) 291-5544.