A local institution for the past decade is now an official institution of higher learnedness. We're talking about the annual Medicine Show, baby. Movie stars, rock guitars, white gold and Louisiana T-wang. They've jumped ship and moved the annual December show to the AcA performance theater. All proceeds from the show benefit The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Memorial Endowed Fund for Traditional Music at UL.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Written by Dege Legg
A local institution for the past decade is now an official institution of higher learnedness. We're talking about the annual Medicine Show, baby. Movie stars, rock guitars, white gold and Louisiana T-wang. They've jumped ship and moved the annual December show to the AcA performance theater. All proceeds from the show benefit The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Memorial Endowed Fund for Traditional Music at UL. They keep the ball a'rolling this year with a packed line-up of killer roots musicians including Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet and The UL Lafayette Wind ensemble, The Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band, Feufollet and of course the reigning king of all things slide guitar, Sonny Landreth. Medicine Show 14 goes down at the AcA theater on Dec. 18. Doors open at 7 p.m.
FAITH HOUSE SUPPLY DRIVE
It's a great time of year. You don't have to worry about sexless androgenoids, cosmic suicide or egghead superstars - you can just relax and drift into a timeless sleep. The Faith House is conducting a supply drive and they need your help with many household items. The Faith House does a great service for the community by sheltering women and children who have been victimized by domestic violence. On Dec. 20, the community is invited to drop by the Ambassador Caffery location of Verizon Wireless (3621 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy #100) to donate any items, noon-6:30 p.m. Items needed include all types of clothing, cleaning products, health and beauty supplies, soap, comforters, blankets, light bulbs, sheets, eggs, butter, rice and much more. For more information, call 267-9422, or visit www.faithhouseacadiana.com
Knock, Knock. Whose there? Born in 1963. Born in 1963, who? Born in 1963 and still feeling free like Travis Tritt, that's who! Georgia native, former furniture store and supermarket clerk, and caretaker of the man-mullet, Travis Tritt brings his classic country to Lafayette. With a pathological hankering for twang and a dirty yearning for some western bang-bang, Tritt does not disappoint. Considered one of the great country entertainers of yore-time, he has won two Grammy's for his country time stylings. Fact: Tritt has never been kicked out of the Grand Ole'Opry. Interesting Untrue Fact: Tritt was once kicked out of the Grand Ole Opry for attempting to smuggle psychedelic fava beans backstage. Tritt brings his show to the Heymann center on Dec. 17.
BODACIOUS & ST. JOSEPH DINER BASH
With winter comes a ton of food drives and benefits. Everybody's a freaking hero in December. They should be handing out superhero capes at the border. Hell yes. The Bodacious Brothers host the Bodacious Bash benefit for St. Joseph Diner. Blues masseur Tab Benoit will massage electric balls of lightning from the murky wormhole of his Stratocaster, fly casting twang licks and roach-o-scope technology into the future panorama of blues enthusiast's minds. Additional bands on the bill include the blues rock wizardry of Keith Blair and the retro rock of the Viatones. All proceeds benefit St. Joesph's Diner, which has been feeding the hungry of Acadiana since 1987 and now provides more than 80,000 meals annually. Two reasons to go to this show: 1) fans love Tab Benoit and his electric lightening licks and, 2) you can help out those less fortunate. Case Closed. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.bodaciousproductions.com or www.grantstdancehall.com. Admission at the door is $15 or $10 plus 5 canned goods. It all goes down Dec. 18 at Grant Street.
There's a new place to rip in town. It's not far from the old one; in fact it's right across the parking lot. Not long ago, the Skate Spot shut its doors and old school skater David Wattigny picked up the torch and opened The Spot, his new indoor skate park. If you skate, FMX, or whatever, go check this place out. Located in the 4300 block of Johnston Street, the hours of the park are Sunday Thursday (noon 8 p.m.), Friday (noon 9 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. 9 p.m.). Bike night is every first and third Tuesday night of the month from 8 12 p.m. Beginner sessions are Saturdays, 9 noon and Sunday, noon 2:30 p.m. Old Guy Night is every second and last Tuesday night of the month, 8 p.m. 12 a.m. Memberships at the park are $50/year. Members also receive discounts on stuff in the shop. Price to skate for non-members is $10. For more info, call 534 4392.
MJN AT THE SALE BARN
Over the past few years, Michael Juan Nunez reinvented his music, himself and his Mind. And he is still on the go. The Christmas season ain't the same without an MJN gig at the Richard Sale Barn in Abbeville. For three years in a row, he's rocked the barn during the holidays and he's going to do it again this year. If you dig his Southern Delta boogie blues and roots music, you'll dig this show. It's an opportunity to experience a special night of music in a unique amphitheater setting with limited seating. Only 100 tickets are available, so get them now. MJN plays the Richard Sale Barn on Dec. 18. Show starts at 7 p.m.
CHUCKY TOWN TURTLES
The new MySpace interface is a useless, clunky and slow-loading sick joke that should've been destroyed the minute it was put in place, but that's a whole other story. Lake Charles pop garage rockers Research Turtles have been banging around the fringes of the Laf-Town scene for a couple years trying to get in with the hard heads, the know-it-alls, the indie dweebs, the elitists yobs, the dumb Schlitz and all the other yokels out there who don't want to throw an out-of-town band a bone unless it's in service of their own idiotic pursuits. Such is the way of life sometimes, dudes. The Research Turtles play Artmosphere on Dec. 18.
Mike Dean plays the Blue Moon on Dec. 15On Dec. 17, Tony Bennett plays L'Auberge Casino in Lake CharlesOn Dec. 17, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie play Grant StreetOn Dec. 15, Coatimundi - Family Performance Series hits AcA On Dec. 18, Wayne Toups plays Cowboys Viatones will be playing at Artmosphere on Dec.22 along with Andrew Toups and the Toupstones.