Born in New Orleans and raised amidst the
industrial environs of Baton Rouge, bluesman Kenny Neal had mastered the guitar,
harmonica, and trumpet by age 13. Counting fellow Baton Rouge Parish residents,
Slim Harpo and Buddy Guy, as neighbors and peers didn’t hurt his musical
education either. Gravitating to the blues as a full-time obsession, Neal would
eventually play and share stages with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy
Waters, Aaron Neville, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker and establish himself as
one of the brightest prospects of the contemporary blues music, which is where
he stands today.
Where will Kenny Neal be standing tonight? Try the Parc
Sans Souci stage in downtown Lafayette, wrestling twang from his guitar and
kicking in happy hour outdoors. Downtown Alive ushers in another weekend of
class acts, tonight, Oct. 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., roughly.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.