The only 2010 North American date for grunge rock veterans Pearl Jam and the return of Aretha Franklin — who backed out of last year's 40th anniversary show — highlight a promising lineup for the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Other headliners include The Allman Brothers Band, Lionel Richie, Widespread Panic, Anita Baker, My Morning Jacket, and Van Morrison. Visit the Jazz Fest Web site for the full lineup.
As always, many Acadiana acts will be sharing the bill over the two weekend festival; They include: Terrence Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Roddie Romer & the Hub City Allstars, Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Red Stick Ramblers, David Egan, Lil' Buck Senegal Blues Band, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Pine Leaf Boys, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Warren Storm, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Ray Abshire, Thomas "Big Hat" Fields, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, and Bonsoir, Catin.
JazzFest is April 23 - May 2 at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. Tickets are up to $45 per day in advance and go on sale today.
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.