Downtown Alive! kicks off Festivals Acadien et Creole Friday with the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Cedric Watson in Parc International. Like demented archeologists, the Lost Bayou Ramblers have kept the ancient flame of old time Cajun music alive while barreling into the future with experimentation, creative spirit and an unbeatable live show. Former Texas native Cedric Watson moved to Louisiana to study the ways and means of Cajun and Creole culture. In the process, he formed his own band and won over the Acadiana region, the world and people's minds with accomplished fiddle and accordion playing paired with his Cajun Julio Iglesias romantic ballads.
Dowtown Alive kicks off tonight, Oct. 8, at Parc International in downtown Lafayette. DTA starts at 6 p.m. and runs till about 8 p.m.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
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.