For those disappointed that Nik-L-Beer was rained out, have no fear: they open this season. Starting the first Friday in September either Parc International or Parc Sans Souci will be host to a variety of bands booked to make your feet move. Downtown Alive! is held every Friday unless there is rain, frogs fall from the sky, etc., so stayed tuned to the weather and adjust accordingly. Concessions are available, kids are welcome and anything with four legs or that slithers should be kept at home. Peep at what is in store for you and yours:
Sept. 2: Nik-L Beer [Parc International]
Sept. 9: The Charmaine Neville Band [Parc International]
Sept. 16: T.K. Hulin, Steve Adams & Smoke with Special Guest Charlene Howard [Parc International]
Sept. 23: Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys [Parc International]
Sept. 30: Robbie Taylor Three [Parc Sans Souci]
Oct. 7: from 6-7 p.m., Mercy Brothers; from 7-8:30 p.m.,The Original Bluerunners [Parc International]
Oct. 14: from 5:30-7 p.m., Horace Trahan and The Ossun Express; from 7-9:30 p.m., Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble [Parc International]
Oct. 21: Red Stick Ramblers [Parc Sans Souci]
Oct. 8: True Man Posse [Parc Sans Souci]
Nov. 4: Brass Bed [Parc Sans Souci]
Nov. 11: 5thAvenue Band [Parc Sans Souci]
Nov. 18: Tab Benoit [Parc International]
Nov. 23: Pine Leaf Boys [Parc Sans Souci]
Feel free to bookmark this page and dust off your dancing shoes. The Spring 2012 line-up will be announced sometime this fall.
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