COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND
Lafayette is heating up. Last month big name performers Ani DiFranco and Marianne Faithfull (along with Zachary Richard, Sonny Landreth, and CC Adcock) played the For Our Coast benefit show at the Acadiana Center for the Arts performance theater. Shortly thereafter, The Independent Weekly broke the story (KA-BOOM!) that country musician Lyle Lovett and His Large Band would perform at the grand opening of AcA's performance theater.
November 17, 2010
Written by Dege Legg
COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND
Lafayette is heating up. Last month big name performers Ani DiFranco and Marianne Faithfull (along with Zachary Richard, Sonny Landreth, and CC Adcock) played the For Our Coast benefit show at the Acadiana Center for the Arts performance theater. Shortly thereafter, The Independent Weekly broke the story (KA-BOOM!) that country musician Lyle Lovett and His Large Band would perform at the grand opening of AcA's performance theater. Well, another big name is on the way to Acadiana. Country legend George Jones will be playing at the Heymann Center on Nov. 18. Raised in Vidor, Texas, Jones is known as much for the experimental theater of his wild drinking binges as he is for his 13 number-one hit songs. They don't make country legends like Jones any more. With his wild ways behind him, long down that old tumbleweed trail, Jones is in good health and reportedly having "a blast" playing live shows and living the sober life. Tickets for the show are available at the Heymann Performing Arts Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online or you can charge by phone by calling (800) 745-3000.
BATTLE OF THE FOOD DRIVES
Get ready to rumble. Tonight (Nov. 17), two Thanksgiving food drives at two separate venues battle it out for a good cause. In this corner, you have the Thanksgiving Zydeco Food Drive at Grant Street with music by Terrance Simen, Marc Broussard, Chubby Carrier, Rockin Dopise Jr., Goldman Thibideaux, Drew Landry and a ton more. In the opposite corner you have El Sido's 24th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive with music by Buckwheat Zydeco, Keith Frank, Terrance Simien, Roddie Romero, Curley Taylor, Truman Posse, Cupid, and a ton more. Some of the acts are playing both shows. Both drives claim this is their 24th annual go-around. Regardless of what drive came first or the socio-politics behind the two separate events, they're both food drives, banging it out for a great cause. Both shows begin around 7 p.m. and run until 2 a.m., so be at El Sido's or Grant Street on Nov. 17 for these Thanksgiving food drives.
The 1960s were the Renaissance of rock & roll. Things haven't been the same since. The Viatones bring their nostalgic 60s rock to Parc Sans Souci on Nov. 19 for this week's Downtown Alive. If you dig Dylan, The Beatles, The Stones, Neil Young, ELO, and Buddy Holly, you'll dig The Viatones.
BELLY DANCERS BENEFIT
Belly dancing originated in the Middle East. Over the years it has slowly writhed its way into the Western world's suburbs. It's here now. Desert Dance Studio hosts a Mediterranean Night benefit show at Grant Street on Nov. 19. The show will benefit the Healing House, providing support and education for grieving children, caregivers and the Acadiana community. The night will include a wide variety of belly dance styles and performances. Poseidon's Greek restaurant will provide the food. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Lost Bayou Ramblers and Scott H. Biram play the Blue Moon Saloon on Nov. 20...On Nov. 20, Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie play Grant StreetOn Nov. 19, Spank the Monkey rocks NitetownNew side project alert: WatIV - Will Thompson, James Singleton of Astral Project, Simmon Lott of Bonerama - play Artmosphere on Nov. 19Strazza & Co. with Jamie Kelly play Artmosphere on Nov. 17Northside Community Cares Concert Series (Dupris Center, 1234 Pont Des Mouton) 6th annual event takes place on Nov. 21 from noon 7 p.m.