If the official Festivals Acadiens et Créoles launch at Girard Park isn’t on your itinerary, downtown Lafayette definitely should be. A special Downtown Alive marking the start of the festival kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with a double bill that neatly reflects the duality and commonality of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles: a 5:30 p.m. performance by Cajun rockers Mamou followed at 7:30 p.m. by zydeco faves Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys.
Formed in the mid 1980s, Mamou was a trailblazing band that combined traditional Cajun music with the explosive sounds of punk rock and other rock styles, proving — and the band took a lot of heat from stodgy traditionalists — that Cajun music ain’t just some precious relic of the past. Broussard and co., meanwhile, represent the next generation of high-energy zydeco music, performing both Creole classics and next-generation music that folds in diverse influences.
This special DTA Festivals Acadiens et Créoles celebration runs from 5-9 p.m. at Parc International. As always, the celebration is free. Concession sales help keep it that way, so please leave the ice chests at home.
The remainder of the fall 2012 DTA season features:
Oc. 19 Roddie Romero and the Hub City Allstars (Rhythm & Blues - Parc International)
Oct. 26 The Revivalists (Indie Rock - Parc Sans Souci)
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.