Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 Written by The Independent Staff
Joyeux Noël It’s Christmas in Cajun Country and if you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer to surprise your favorite zydeco fan then check out Horace Trahan’s first Christmas album, Christmas in Every Way. Aside from making a great soundtrack for your holiday fais do do, this 5-track EP pours Trahan’s renowned accordion-pulling prowess and infectious vocals over a Christmas story that only happens in Louisiana — case in point: “Christmas with the A/C On.” You can hear this and more Cajun Christmas classics on Trahan’s second self-published album for $10 at horacetrahan.com. — Wynce Nolley
Sud-Sational Bayou Teche Brewing is in the holiday spirit — both Christmas and Mardi Gras — and they want to give you some music to celebrate both the season and its bouncing new baby beer, Courir de Mardi Gras. This is the artisanal version of Biere de Mars and made with Pilsner, Munich and wheat malt. It’s only available through Mardi Gras 2012. With every purchase you receive a free download from Valcour Record’s latest release, Best of Valcour Records, a compliation of popular Cajun music. The songs aren’t on an album — they are exclusive to this promotion. More than that, starting Jan. 9 Bayou Teche Brewing is holding a photo contest on its Facebook page where the winner gets a Mardi Gras costume, beer and the complete CD from Valcour. Joyeux Noël et laissez bon temps rouler. — Anna Purdy
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.