The local Lafayette band’s talent is equally matched by their energy and ambition. Over the past year they’ve spent time recording, touring, signing a record deal with Glassnote Records and as of last week, playing a gang of showcases at Austin’s annual South by Southwest.
Just try not to smile or dance (or both) when GIVERS sing the bouncing lyrics "Up, up, up for the glow show." I bet you can't. Even if you closed your eyes and denied yourself the pleasure of seeing them play their hearts out at their final show at SXSW, the Afrobeat subrhythms and buoyant melody probably had you on your feet regardless.
These five young musicians from Lafayette, La., are, as their name says, givers. And what they give is bubbly, fun and energetic while showing some serious musical chops. Their talent was honed on tour with David Longstreth and his Dirty Projectors, who clearly had an influence on this band's intricate musicianship. GIVERS recently landed a deal with Glassnote Records (the label for Mumford & Sons and Phoenix) and a new album — their first full LP — comes out in May 2011.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.