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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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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