Fall is just around the corner and downtown Lafayette is ready to shake the summer swelter, and with the possibility of milder weather headed our way this weekend, the timing couldn’t be better.
It begins Friday with the season opening Downtown Alive! concert feature New Orleans’ Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers. Led by trumpeter Ruffins, the band divines the best of Crescent City music, from swing to jazz to funk. The concert will take place at Parc International. Gates open at 5:30; the concert commences at 6. Concession sales help support Downtown Alive! and keep it free, so please leave the ice chests (and pets, sour attitudes and philandering uncles) at home.
On Saturday the Second Saturday ArtWalk widens its palette for the September event with its annual Fall Fest. It’s like an ArtWalk on uppers, with more live music, student art exhibitions and more. It’s held from 6-8:30 p.m. along Jefferson Street and environs. Don’t miss Rio Luminoso performing romantic European music in the pocket park between Jefferson Street and the parking tower. The group features acclaimed South Louisiana photographer Philip Gould on a big, fancy piano accordion. The dude can play.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.