The Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism’s Backyard Series, a free monthly lecture series focusing on in-depth topics concerning Louisiana’s many cultural details, will be held tonight at the VermilionvillePerformanceCenter at 6:30 p.m. The topic for August is Swamp Pop.
While Swamp Pop never particularly caught on outside of South Louisiana and East Texas, its roots in the New Orleans style of R&B along with traditional Cajun, Creole and French Louisiana music in general secure it as a staple of the Acadiana music and cultural scene.
Dr. Shane Bernard, author of Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues, goes in detail about the evolution of Swamp Pop from its origins in the 1950s and early 60s to how contemporary artists are playing it today.
Swamp Pop pioneers Rod Bernard and Johnnie Allan will also be on hand to discuss their beloved genre and mingle with its fans.
Vermilionville will also host an event complementing the Swamp Pop discussion this Friday with its inaugural Swamp Pop Night featuring a performance from Willie Tee & Cypress Band along with special guest Warren Storm. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this smoke-free, all ages show with music beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
For more information on both events visit Vermilionville’s events page here or call 233-4077.
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.