The biannual Downtown Alive! concert series has released a spring 2013 schedule highlighted by newly minted Grammy winners The Band Courtbouillon. The all-star Cajun band featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy will take the stage on the Friday before Festival International de Louisiana. Other highlights in a diverse lineup include IND columnist Brother Dege Legg and his band, Black Bayou Construckt, and Managing Editor Walter Pierce’s Americana quartet, Sassafras Jubilee. Woohoo!
The concerts take place on Fridays between March 8 and May 31 at either Parc Sans Souci or Parc International. Concession sales begin at 5:30; the music commences a half hour later and runs until 8:30 p.m. DTA! concerts are free and supported in part by concession sales so please leave the ice chests (and pets) at home. For more, check out Downtown Lafayette’s website here.
Here’s the full schedule:
March 8: The Original Pintettes (The World’s Only All-Female Brass Band – Parc International)
March 15: Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band (Zydeco – Parc International)
March 22: Creole String Beans (Swamp Pop & New Orleans Classics – Parc Sans Souci)
March 29: Good Firday – No DTA!
April 5: Cowboy Mouth (Rock Variety- Parc International)
April 12: Dege Legg and Black Bayou Construckt (Psyouthern Rock& Blues – Parc Sans Souci)
April 19: The Band Courtbouillon featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy (Cajun – Parc International)
April 26: Festival International de Louisiane – No DTA!
May 3: Rue Boogaloo (Funky Blues – Parc Sans Souci)
May 10: Louisiana Red (Crowd Favorites – Parc Sans Souci)
May 17: Mercy Brothers (Rockabilly Gospel – Parc Sans Souci)
May 24: Sassafras Jubilee (Americana – Parc Sans Souci)
May 31: Generationals & LillyBrave (Indie Rock – Parc Sans Souci)
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