New Orleans trumpet player and effervescent band leader Kermit Ruffins will be the featured performer Thursday night at Trynd Ristorante downtown for the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation’s annual LA Fête, a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. the LCEF celebrates and supports Louisiana’s musicians, chefs, filmmakers, visual artists, craftsmen and others who participate in cultural pursuits that draw tourists and their money to our state each year. The LCEF helps these cultural workers gain access to health care and economic development services. Last year’s LA Fête, held at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, raised nearly $100,000.
This year’s LA Fête will also feature a silent auction of original art, Broadway tickets and more, along with victuals from several premier Lafayette restaurants and specialty cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Lafayette singer-songwriter Rex Moroux will open the show.
LA Fête will be held from 6-9 p.m. Trynd is located at 116 E. Vermilion St. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased in advance through CulturalEconomy.org.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.