He’s the unspoken king of Woodstock. Folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens opened the legendary 1969 festival with a marathon three hour set of acoustic folk tunes. When he ran out of material, he began improvising songs on stage. One of the improvised tunes was the celebrated song which came to be known in later years as “Freedom,” wherein Havens continuously intones the word freedom, interspersed with lines from the old spiritual “Motherless Child.” It’s pretty rad. No one who has ever seen footage of the 1969 Woodstock festival can ever forget the site and sound of the sweat-drenched Havens soulfully playing his way through that historic set, which magically captured all the idealistic hopes of the 1960s. Many famous names have graced the stage at Grant Street, but this will be Havens’ first. Richie Havens plays Grant Street Dancehall on May 6.
The Family Tree gives a lot to the community of Lafayette. They improve the quality of life for individuals and families through education, counseling and information services that are delivered in a professional, accessible, and compassionate manner. They’re throwing a live music benefit in conjunction with the Bodacious Brothers outfit at Grant Street to support their sliding fee-scale counseling services that help families deal with the problems of modern life. Families in Acadiana are able to receive counseling services for as little as $15 per session through the program. In order for them to continue doing this, The Family Tree needs your help as individuals to keep this valuable service to the community alive. 100 percent of the ticket sales go to the “sliding fee scale counseling program,” so please go out to Grant Street Dancehall on May 8. Live music for the night includes Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, The Canes, The Drew Landry Band, Farouche, and The Louisiana Rhythm Katz. Be there on May 8.
The legendary Greg Ginn returns to Lafayette with his band The Taylor Texas Corrugators. They traffic in deconstructed underground jam music that has way more in common with Acid Mother’s Temple than the Dave Matthews Band. Go check them out at the Blue Moon Saloon on May 6. www.myspace.com/txcorrugators
Carrie Underwood is a country singer. People like her. A lot of people know who she is. People saw her on the fourth season of American Idol and went berserk. It was off the chain. She has since sold zillions of records. People buy them, really dig it, and jam it on their Hi-Fi stereo systems. She is the first female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year. She won it because people love her and they refuse to root for losers. Carrie Underwood plays the Cajundome on May 8.
FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS
Flowers are awesome. They make women happy. They’re colorful. They smell good. You can put them in a glass vase. You can put them in barrels of guns to protest wars. They’re multipurpose organisms. The annual Festival des Fleurs Garden Show and Sale comes to the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette on May 8. It is the 21st anniversary of Festival des Fleurs Garden Show. People into gardening will trip out on the wide variety of plants, garden books, pottery, tools, gifts, and ornamental pieces for sale. If you can’t find a Mother’s Day gift here, you won’t find one anywhere. Gardeners will be judging the “Islands of the World”-themed flower show, door prizes will be given out, and there will be a ton of children’s activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center, which is an instructional laboratory for UL. The flower show runs 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission is $5 (under 12 free). For more info, call 482-5339. It all goes down at Blackham Coliseum.
The Robbie Bush Band plays their farwell performance at Downtown Alive on May 7… On May 8, exotic lady-lady Candye Kane plays the Crowne Plaza…Drew Zaunbrecher plays Antler’s after DTA on May 7… Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns play Whiskey River on May 9… Goldman Thibodeaux & The Lawtell Playboys play Vermilionville on May 9… Lafayette Rhythm Devils play Randol’s on May 8… Quadrolithic, Really Really, Death Before Disco, and Olivier Heights play the all-ages MVC on the Breaux Bridge Highway on May 8…
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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, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.