Music & Market spring 2011 schedule

by Dege Legg

Opelousas' Music & Market announces its spring 2011 season.

Lafayette isn't the only city in Acadiana with its own seasonal music series. Don't forget Opelousas. The city's Music & Market series has become a popular staple in downtown Opelousas, combining live Louisiana music with home grown food, art and commerce in an outdoor setting. Music & Market series is a free outdoor concert, showcasing products from local farmers and Louisiana music.

The City of Opelousas Tourism Office has announced a new season of Music & Market beginning April 1 through May 27. Eight bands featuring popular Louisiana music styles including zydeco, Cajun, swamp pop and blues will fill the spring line-up along with local farmers showcasing home grown vegetables for purchase.

Music & Market takes place in downtown Opelousas (5:30- 8:30 p.m.) at Farmer's Market Pavilion located in Le Vieux Village at 828 East Landry Street, Opelousas, LA with live music performances beginning at 6 p.m.



April 1
Lil Pookie and the Zydeco Sensations
Featured produce: mustard greens

April 8
Bon Soir Catin
Featured produce: cabbage

April 15
T K Hulin, Steve Adams and Smoke (in the Courthouse Square)
Featured produce: sweet potato

April 29
Rosie Ledet and The Zydeco Playboys
Featured produce green beans

May 5
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Featured produce: purple hull peas

May 13
Roscoe Chenier and the Inner City Blues Band
Featured produce: red beans

May 20
Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band (* Courthouse Square)
Featured produce: squash

May 27
Koray Broussard and the Zydeco Unit
Featured produce: cucumbers

The spring Music & Market series is made possible by a grant from the Acadiana Arts Center and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Event sponsors include CLECO, Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission, Kool 107.1/KSLO and Zydeco Online. Additional support is provided by City of Opelousas Parks & Recreation, Opelousas Police Department, St. Landry Parish Government, St. Landry Parish Recycling Center, St. Landry Parish Farmer's Market Association and Crescent Crown.

For more information on Music & Market or to find out about vendor opportunities, contact City of Opelousas Tourism Office at 948-5227 or 948-6263 or visit www.cityofopelousas.com