If it's the first weekend of September in Acadiana, you can count on a convergence of two things: blazing temperatures and the annual Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival.
This year's 23rd annual festival, on Saturday, Sept. 3, once again takes place in the soybean fields of Plaisance, featuring tight grooves in a wide-open space. The festival's mission has always been to promote the legacy and future of zydeco and Creole music, and the 2005 festival maintains that mantra.
This year's lineup includes the R&B-influenced sounds of Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, the hip-hop-inspired beats of Chris Ardoin (pictured) & New Step, torchbearer Lil' Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Big Timers, the good-time grooves of J. Paul & the Zydeco New Breeds, and Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws. Festival organizer Paul Scott is also looking forward to the debut of promising Texas-based newcomers Same Old Two Step.
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.