Grammy nominee Cedric Watson, a rising star in south Louisiana’s indigenous music scene and band leader of Bijou Creole, is featured in a short ‘webisode’ on the Web site for the television series Music Voyager, which will begin airing on PBS stations in February. The short documentary on Watson, a fiddle- and accordion-playing Texas native who moved to the area when he was 20 after being drawn to Cajun and zydeco music and subsequently immersing himself in the culture, is the second in the site’s “Road to a Grammy” on-line series; banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck is featured in the inaugural webisode. Three more will be posted on the site leading up to the Jan. 31 Grammy Awards ceremony.
Watson’s 2009 album “L’Ésprit Créole” is nominated in the Zydeco-Cajun category; four other Acadiana groups are also nominated: Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, The Magnolia Sisters, The Pine Leaf Boys and Buckwheat Zydeco.
Music Voyager is hosted by Jacob Edgar, president of the indie label Cumbancha and a former music researcher for Putumayo World Music.
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.