As usual, the Blue Moon Saloon is hosting a killer end-to-end weekend of roots music. All three bands in this weekend’s bills traffic in raw, weary and ripping blues and roots rock. On Feb, 10, Jon Bertrand of the Pine Leaf Boys takes time away from his main band to play a rare solo set of rocking roots and Cajun music.
On Feb. 10, musician Drew Landry and Michael Juan Nunez and the River Babys team up for a gang of politically conscious blues folk back with some roadhouse warped boogie. Landry’s oil spill protest song “BP Blues” went eco-viral last summer when he played the song at a congressional hearing open-mic in New Orleans. Since then, Warner Bros, Records released the song. Michael Juan Nunez continues his quest for world domination, playing numerous local and regional gigs. In addition, his song “Hoodoo Moon” can be heard in one of last season’s episodes of the HBO series True Blood.
On Sunday, Feb. 12, Mark Meaux (formerly of the Bluerunners) debuts the latest incarnation of his electric delta/electro blues project Sam Rey & the Totem. Never one to sit around too long and relax, Meaux his been pushing the envelope of local music for the past two decades.
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.