CAJUN AND CREOLE FOLKLORE PRESERVATION PARTY What better a way to raise funds for preserving the rich cultural heritage of South Louisiana than by combining food, music and bon temps in support of the cause? On May 15, a minimum donation of $10 grants admission to the 7th Annual Archive Aid Fundraiser at the Blue Moon Saloon, where local musicians Joshua and Claire Caffery, Kelli Jones and the Giants, Cedric Watson and Daniel Coolik, Carol Fran and David Egan, and Feufollet will take the stage while Broussard’s Cajun Cookin’ fills your belly with a hearty serving of red beans and rice. Mais, dat sounds like a good time, cher! Proceeds from the benefit go toward the preservation, management and presentation of delicate historical materials for current and future generations and will also go toward upcoming CD projects that include some of the rare recordings found in the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at UL. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday. MUSIC BY ROBOTS San Francisco, 1990s: After repeatedly dealing with the sloughs of ego-damaged drug-dependants plaguing his field, musician Jay Vance abandoned the concept of a traditional, human-based band and instead created a team of instrument-playing robots to back him musically. But in a rare twist of fate, the robots — fearing their creator to be THE antibot — captured him, renamed him JBOT and installed a chip in his brain that now forces him to humiliate himself in front of crowds all across the country ... or so the story goes, anyway. Captured! By Robots features three robots, three “headless hornsmen,” two stuffed apes and only one human that comprise a full-fledged band that tours the country and has played previously with the likes of Public Enemy and A Flock of Seagulls. You haven’t seen a band of robots rock like this since your fifth birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese (if Chuck were to have his intestines gutted and his eyes gouged, that is). See it to believe it Thursday, May 13 at Artmosphere.
SLEDGE TO SET THE MOOD In 1966, country-soul pioneer Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” exploded onto the charts, sending lovers swooning and hearts a-raging. Forty-four years later, many folks can thank Sledge for their mere existence. Sledge and Louisiana’s Aces Band head to Cowboys Friday, May 14.
ANGELMAN SYNDROME WALK-A-THON Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a largely unknown genetic disorder affecting more than 1,300 North Americans, with thousands more suffering from the disorder who remain incorrectly diagnosed or undiagnosed completely. On May 15, Lafayette joins 22 other cities in the National Angelman Syndrome Foundation’s Annual Walk-A-Thon. “For the past few years, we have been blessed by the support of our family members and friends in our efforts to raise money to support the work of the foundation and to raise awareness about this rare condition,” says Michelle Fontenot, parent of a child with AS, and site coordinator for the Lafayette walk. “The ultimate goal of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, and ours as well, is to find a cure for AS; and we are confident that a cure will be found during our son’s lifetime.” Registration for the 1.25 mile walk through Girard Park begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, including registration instructions, visit www.angelman.org or call (800) 432-6435.
ETC. Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express “do that butt thing” at Downtown Alive! May 14... Locals Black Feratu join with California’s Obelisk and Philly’s Stinking Lizaveta May 14 at Sadies... 80s hair band rocker Randy Jackson of Zebra plays a solo acoustic set May 13 at Blue Moon Saloon... Cali groove-rockers Still Time return to Artmosphere May 16 for an encore performance of last month’s packed-house show... The Molly Ringwalds play Nitetown May 14...
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.