Gov. Bobby Jindal has added three new names to the 15-member Louisiana Music Commission. In short, the mission of the commission is to promote and develop commercial music in the Bayou State. More recently, though, the commission’s stature swelled when it was charged with helping administer new tax incentives for recording, production and infrastructure. The new members are:
Armand DeClouette of Lawtell, who has managed several zydeco groups including Grammy-nominated Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie. DeClouette also managed Terry and the Mallet Boys and is active with the Creole Zydeco Music Festival, Catfish Festival and Spice Festival.
Lee Gwinn of Alexandria, a promoter of local bands and musicians. Gwinn is also the owner of Spirits, Food and Friends, a restaurant and live music venue.
Reed Ingram of Slidell, who works with Rehage Entertainment, a company involved in the promotion and production of music festivals including the Voodoo Music Festival, Essence Festival and French Quarter Festival.
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.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.