Friends and family will raise a joyful noise on April 7 for Lafayette blues musician and all-around good guy Andy Cornett. The 61-year-old harmonica/bass player died Feb. 24 following a string of health setbacks. The memorial celebration will take place at noon at the venue Cornett made a labor of love over the last several years, the Feed & Seed Community Arts Center on North Grant Street across the tracks from downtown.
Musican-friends of Cornett’s are encouraged to bring their instruments to the celebration. In the meantime, donations in Cornett’s memory may be made to the Louisiana Cultural Economy’s Health Initiative, 101 Jefferson St., Suite 100, 70506. The Health Initiative provides free health screenings and other health-care services to Louisiana’s working musicians, most of whom do not have health insurance.
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.