BeauSoleil picked up its second Grammy Award last night at the 51st Grammy Awards. The recognition was for the album Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, available from MunchMix. The category was for the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album, which was established last year and was first won by zydeco musician Terrance Simien.
In its nearly 35-year-history, BeauSoleil has garnered 10 Grammy nominations, and in 1997 won the award in the Best Traditional Folk Album category for its album L'amour ou la Folie, making it the first Cajun band to win a Grammy. In January, the band released its latest CD on Yep Roc Records, Alligator Purse.
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.