You may need to be a jazz aficionado to know Claudia Acuña, but you needn’t know jazz to appreciate the emotion she pours into her music. Acuña will take the stage in the James D. Moncus Theater at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for a stirring performance of the Latin-infused jazz that has made her one of the most respected vocalists in the style.
Signed to Verve Records in 1999, the Chilean singer-songwriter-arranger bolted to the top of the heap with a genre-bending fusion of Latin rhythms and traditional jazz, singing many of her songs in her native Spanish.
Now an artist on Wynton Marsalis’ label, Acuña has toured with some of the jazz greats including George Benson. Tickets to this latest installment of Jazz @ the Center range from $30-$40 and are currently being offered as two for the price of one. Log on to AcadianaCenterForTheArts.org to find out more.
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 go public this year.
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.