"That was alright," Wilson says. "We kept on doing it 'cause we knew we were doing the right thing." Last year, the money raised from the annual event helped put 500 gift baskets on Thanksgiving dinner tables. The drive feeds an estimated 7,500 people, with each basket carrying a plump turkey. Leftover funds helped purchase 200 Christmas toys. This year, the drive marks its 20th anniversary and looks to do the same with another stellar lineup of top zydeco talent.
Buckwheat Zydeco has rarely missed the event, headlining the first one hot on the heels of the regional radio smash hit "Waiting for My Ya Ya." This year, Buckwheat will be absent as he tours overseas.
But, just as in years past, the lineup is loaded with local zydeco favorites and heavyweights, including Zydeco Joe, Terrance Simien, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Anthony Dopsie, Dwayne Dopsie, Lil' Nathan Williams, Patrick Henry, Jude Taylor, Curley Taylor, Roy Carrier, Chubby Carrier, Dikki Du Carrier, Corey & The Hot Peppers, Corey Ledet and Larry Blackman of the Commodores.
The show differs from typical zydeco events, with performers playing shorter sets. Often, it involves rare pairings of performers and strong family performances (the Taylors, the Carriers and the Dopsies sharing the stage). Many of the stars are only available because they are home for the holidays. The combination of home-bound stars makes for unforgettable and poignant performances, such as Simien, C.J. Chenier, Nathan Williams and others fittingly coming together last year to perform Clifton Chenier's "I'm Coming Home."
With the possibilities of so many zydeco stars in one place, there's always surprises at the food drive. The event's 20th anniversary only adds to that element with Wilson promising, "We getting ready to show out. â?¦ We are gonna show up and show out!"
The Zydeco Food Drive is Wednesday, Nov. 15, at El Sid O's Zydeco & Blues Club, 1523 N. St. Antoine St. in Lafayette. Admission is $10 or $8 with two canned goods. For more info, call 237-1959. El Sid O's also features Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble Nov. 17; Chris Ardoin & Nu Step and Lil' Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers Nov. 18; and Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band Nov. 25.
Ethics Board attorneys say recovering all of Gachassin’s financial gains, plus additional fines, is the only way to deter bad behavior.
According to Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Vice President Gifford Briggs, at least one member of the Acadiana legislative delegation will be going to bat for Big Oil during this year’s session.
“Louisiana should strive for a campaign finance reporting and enforcement system that promotes compliance, sets a high ethical standard and provides clear procedures that are practical, consistent and transparent.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration wants to use Gulf oil spill recovery money to help refill the state's "rainy day" fund and settle a pending lawsuit over its use.
Lafayette Police say two men have submitted themselves to custody in connection with the harrowing caper of last week.
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Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican David Vitter were among the 72 senators voting Thursday to send the bill to the president; 22 senators voted against it.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 14, 2014:
Kevin Naquin — yeah, the Lafayette City-Parish Council chairman — and his Ossun Playboys will celebrate the release of their latest record Saturday night at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
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The popular bistro-slash-music venue is set to appear Thursday before the state’s office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control to prove it’s a restaurant and not a bar.
"If you're a guy on defense and you know a team is able to get leads on people, that bodes well for guys like me who want to get turnovers and create turnovers because it makes another team one dimensional."
The financing plan would pay for the operations of 69 public school districts for the 2014-15 school year.
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints on Thursday for a fifth-round draft pick.
The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is offering a pretty sweet deal, the only catch is you’ve gotta sit through their spiel about how “greedy trial lawyers” are killing the industry and forcing companies out of the state with their “frivolous” lawsuits.
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The owner of a Youngsville-based oil and gas company pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of negligent discharge of pollutants.
The Lafayette Parish School Board's mishandling of its insurance selection process over the last two years has caught the attention of the FBI.
Kids under 18 will have to pursue skin cancer the old-fashioned way.
The illustrious Ragin' Cajun alumni will receive the university's prestigious SPARK Award as part of the 10-day arts celebration.
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Lafayette Parish School Board member Kermit Bouillion says he will defend his District 5 seat in the upcoming election.
The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity sent the pledge request to all 144 lawmakers in February.
The 5-foot-10, 203-pound former second-round pick has gone to three Pro Bowls in his five seasons.
The state argues that if they identify how they're getting the drugs, they could have trouble buying more because companies don't want to be known as helping in an execution.
The enrollment period ends this month.
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