It's back-to-back shows for the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana with Singer + Songwriter Series finale featuring Richard Leigh and Guy Clark set for Friday, and PASA's spring fundraiser, "A Vaudeville Spectacular," Saturday.
The third and final performance in the Singer + Songwriter series is Friday, 8 p.m., in the James D. Moncus Theater at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion. The fundraiser Saturday is set for 7 p.m., at The Victorian, 302 Main St., Broussard.
Leigh is no stranger to Lafayette, having kicked off the Singer + Songwriter Series in August with Keith Sykes. Sykes then returned with Jerry Jeff Walker in December.
"And this time around, we have Richard Leigh returning with Guy Clark," says Brooke LeBleu, production assistant at PASA. "It's the last performance. It was a three-part series."
A portion of PASA's press release on Clark and Leigh reads:
Guy Clark remains a national treasure and folk icon, crafting masterful, poignant melodies and insightful lyrics. Tough, bare-boned and dryly sentimental, his beautiful songs reflect the man himself and display an old-fashioned masculinity that emphasizes honesty, integrity and carefully chosen words.
Richard Leigh's penning of "Don't it make my Brown Eyes Blue" sent him to the Country Music Association award stage to take home the prize for Song of the Year in 1978, as well as a Grammy for Best Country Song. In 14 trips to the Top Ten with hits he has written or co-written, including recordings by Kathy Mattea, Steve Wariner, Crystal Gayle, Guy Clark, and Ray Charles, eight have become No. 1 singles.
PASA's Singer + Songwriter Series was the idea of Shanna Higginbotham, executive director at PASA, according to LeBleu.
"Shanna came up with the brilliant idea of doing a singer-songwriter series where we could do a really intimate evening where songwriters would not only perform some their songs," says LeBleu, "but tell their stories behind the songs and make it a interactive conversation."
Tickets for Singer + Songwriter Series finale begin at $35. Go here for more information.The 1-on1 Songwriter Workshop with Richard Leigh won't be happening Saturday at the Blue Moon.
But what will be happening Saturday is "A Vaudeville Spectacular," billed as an evening dedicated to the theatrical inspiration of the late 19th Century.
According to the PASA, the evening will include entertainment by Vagabond Swing and many other local talents. Guests will be presented fine cuisine from local restaurants and chefs, accompanied by an open bar, and a very select live and silent auction.
"That's going to be our spring fundraiser," says LeBleu. "It's a new venue in Broussard that Richard Young is opening up. It's a lovely Victorian home that he has completely redone and updated. It will be a venue he uses moving forward."
The evening will include entertainment by Vagabond Swing and many other local talents. Guests will be presented fine cuisine from local restaurants and chefs, accompanied by an open bar, and a very select live and silent auction.
Also scheduled is the inaugural PASA's Award of Excellence honoring Darrellyn Burts. Tickets for the fundraiser are $100 and available here.