1. 20 Years of Festival: The Original Art, a first-ever collection of original art adapted for Festival posters over the years, had everyone reminiscing. Special guests at the Jefferson Street Market opening included artists Megan Barra, Ramsey Ayers and Robert Dafford. Several of the artists hadn't seen their pieces in years, and the exhibit served as a reminder of Festival's meaning to all of Acadiana over the past 20 years.
2. CitÃ© Des Arts' opening for Canadian artist and photographer Sue Mills included special guest Zachary Richard. In partnership with the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Mills' exhibit is six years in the making and includes portraits of Acadians across Canada and Louisiana ' more appropriate than ever during Festival time.
3. the subdudes, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint's opening show were an awesome kickoff to Festival. A great spot in front of the Parc International stage at 6 p.m. Thursday was exactly where Party Girl wanted to be for her first chance to see the subdudes in Lafayette, and in addition to some great music, the yo-yo show was an unexpected surprise. Irma followed, making a grand entrance and belting tunes heard all the way down the street. Allen Toussaint was no less superb, but Party Girl did sneak away from Main Stage for a minute to catch Beat the Donkey, a last-minute addition on the Fais Do Do stage. It was worth it to see the Mad Hatter-like leader banging a gong.
4. Amid the Saturday downpour, The Wilders played their set on the Fais Do Do stage. As energetic as any old-time country band Party Girl's seen, The Wilders played to a brave crowd who stuck out the weather and stayed on their feet. Wilders' fiddler and vocalist Betse Ellis' red cowboy boots worn over fishnet stockings were also a plus. That's some Festival fashion for you!
5. While rain is always a downer, it usually results in some pretty memorable Festival moments (remember The Red Stick Ramblers show under the beer tent two years ago?). Well, 2006's in-the-know moment was BeauSoleil's move to Boulevard Grille after their Main Stage set and BBC World's "Destination Music" taping was rained out. Word spread in about an hour, and more than 100 folks showed up to celebrate BeauSoleil's new album. Thanks to Boulevard Grille's Jeff Cart for making it happen!
6. The winged street performers/stiltwalkers making their way past ScÃ¨ne Lafayette on Sunday drew quite a crowd in the park square. From France, The Dragonites included a female dragonfly with beautiful purple wings and Griffon, riding a camel with a head that nodded to the crowd.
7. Buckwheat Zydeco's Sunday show was one of the most-talked about sets of the weekend and was about as hoppin' as Buckwheat can get. After some old favorites and even some conversation, the finale featured Buckwheat on the Hammond B-3 organ.
8. Party Girl can't think of any better way to have closed out Festival than watching The Skatalites from the observation tower. I admit, I used my VIP pass to get the view ' and have a glass of champagne with Festival poster artist Thad Morgan and photographer Philip Gould ' and it was blissful to see the happy crowd, arms waving in unison.
9. The after-party at Blue Moon was great, too, and practice sure has paid off for those Pine Leaf Boys. They sounded great, and Wilson Savoy's "Zydeco Gris Gris" song had the audience yelling at the top of their lungs.
Until next yearâ?¦
Party On! ' PG
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 17, 2014:
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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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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