In the music world you have doomers, rockers, pickers, slow jammers, shoe gazers, country fryers and groovers. And many more. Groovers are a select breed.
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010
Written by Dege Legg
In the music world you have doomers, rockers, pickers, slow jammers, shoe gazers, country fryers and groovers. And many more. Groovers are a select breed. Genus: Grooviticus. Definition. Groover: (noun), a pleasant and feel-good style of music made mostly by humanoids with an extreme fascination with funk music made by African-Americans from 1965-1981, sometimes featuring horns and/or funky bass lines and guys in funny hats. Usage: "You're drum part has no groove." The word "groovy" functioned as teen slang starting in 1944; popularized 1960s, out of currency by 1980. If you like Groove Music, namely stuff that makes you feel good enough to dance, there is a ton of going on this weekend. Grant Street hosts New Orleans' Good Enough for Good Times, featuring members of Galactic on Aug. 20. The next night, New Orleans' Soul Rebels Brass Band double up on a bill with Chubby Carrier at Artmosphere on Aug. 21. And right across the street, on the same night, Aug. 21, the infinite groove just keeps on grooving with Sean Bruce and The Sons of Voodoo at the Blue Moon. That's a lot of groovers.
IN THE FLATS
Hip-hop returns to Lafayette with a rap and hip-hop summit of sorts at Sadie's. With appearances from New Orleans rappers Wyzdom 360 and Truth Universal, plus Lafayette's Gambit & Skrap, as well as Gurple Ghoul-aid and Dr. J & MC Swell, this will be a badass hip hop event. Former Trinidad resident and grassroots-guerrilla rapper, Truth Universal, who now lives in New Orleans, will be out there laying it down. "I feel I have a responsibility to use this word, sound and power to effect social change as well as rock the party like the people who made me want to do it," says Truth Universal. "The state of mainstream hip hop is mostly devoid of substance. The focus is not innovation, but capitalizing on the familiar. Underground, grassroots artists like myself are here and always have been. We will continue to lend necessary balance to the lack of creativity in the industry." Be at Sadie's on Aug. 18.
WE ALL DO
Cité des Arts presents the upcoming play We All Do, written and directed by their very own Program Director Jarin Schexnider. The play is a microscopic look at the world we live in, focusing on everyday objects from one character's life. It runs at Cite des Arts from Aug. 21- 28. Tickets can be reserved online at www.citedesart.org or by phone at 291-1122.
Blues master and barn buster Selwyn Cooper slides back into town to give Acadiana a dose of his swing-juke, stainless, clean-cutting, Ginsu steak knife blues at The Shed on Aug. 20
LITTLE HOUSES FILM
Death is a strange place. Especially for the living. On Aug. 24 Casa Azul in Grant Coteau hosts a film screening of Little Houses, a documentary that examines burial customs that once flourished in the town Mermentau Cove, Louisiana. Over graves residents built small wooden houses complete with functioning doors and windows, possibly so that the dead would feel more at home in the next life. Screening starts at 7 p.m.
Intentionally lo-fi, quirky, weepy, sleepy, sort of dreamy and dry. Singer-songwriter Paleo plays Café Cottage on Aug. 19.
Greasers, draggers, hagglers, stragglers, and mad-rag-tagglers invade the city of New Iberia for the premiere of Remember When, an original '50s musical presented by the Iberia Performing Arts League. The show is funny and melodious take on '50s-era songs, performed in the fictional town on New Berry, La. The show runs from Aug.19 29. Greased Lightnin!
BLOWTARD VS. THUD ROCK
Step right up! It's a world class collision of two super heavyweight styles of rock! Blowtard Rock vs. Thud Rock. Get ready to rumble! It can't get any better than that. Who wins? No one! Get your tickets now! It's going to be sick! Thud Rock thumps on the clog hump while Blowtards ram on the chain stump. It's insane. It's modern rock and roll in all its radio rock glory. Carnival of Madness comes to the Cajundome on Aug.18 with Shinedown, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd and Sevendust. It's going to be a Carnival of Madness alright!
Troy Richard & the Richard Revue and Hunter and the 3D Glasses play Blue Moon on Aug. 20Wildfires and Imagine iAM host a "Back to School" party at Artmosphere on Aug. 20 Kung Fu Pineapple play Nitetown on Aug. 20 Bird City plays Recycled Cycles on Aug. 28 for their first Birthday Show... Vermilionville and the Cajun French Music Association host the Acadian Heritage Preservation Awards at Vermilionville on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m....Tantric plays at The Rox Nightclub at Cypress Bayou Casino on Aug.20.