Official Festivals Acadiens et Créoles 2012 Poster
Celebrating the bicentennial of Louisiana’s statehood, 2012 Festivals Acadiens et Créole announces a new stage that will, for the first time in the event’s long history, present genres of music not limited to Cajun and Zydeco. With a poster and pin design depicting an oak tree as an icon of both the roots and growth of Cajun and Creole music over the past 200 years, this year’s festival is all about paying tribute to our indigenous musicians. The Friday night opening performances that debuted last year continue with Jo-El Sonnier and Lil’ Band O’ Gold, and other highlights throughout the festival’s 11 venues include bands showcasing the youth movement in Cajun music, staples like Geno Delafose and Wayne Toups and a few rousing band reunions. On Saturday, La Politique de la Culture will present a panel discussing the political and social importance of Louisiana’s French language, music and culture as part of this year’s tribute to the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) founder James Domengeaux. Take a break from dancing to check out the Bayou Food Festival, a cooking demonstration, the Louisiana Crafts Fair, new Sports Tent or jam at the Folk Roots tent. It’s all free and all in your own back yard.
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.