Celebrating three decades of bringing free live-music concerts to the central business district, Downtown Alive has released its fall 2012 series lineup. The concerts once again feature a wide variety of music styles from established and up-and-coming groups, commencing on Sept. 7 with the New Orleans jazz and swing of trumpeter Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers at Parc International.
The concerts rotate between Parc International and Parc Sans Souci. Concession sales begin at 5:30 p.m.; the music begins a half hour later. To help keep DTA free, concert-goers are encouraged to leave the ice chests at home and patronize the on-site vendors. Leave the pets at home, too. And don’t smoke. Just have a good time and dance, you know?
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.