Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Written by Dege Legg
On June 16 Nicole Murphy, 24, died in South Africa while attending the World Cup with her father and three of her siblings. She was walking on a pedestrian pathway to her hotel with two of her siblings, when all three were struck by an allegedly drunk driver. Nicole died instantly, and her brother Brian (2009 STM grad) remains in critical condition. Today, he is recovering, not only from a major head trauma, but will also require at least two more operations to heal broken limbs. To help with medical costs, Sammy Kershaw, Jamie Bergeron, River Road, Geno Delafose and Jared Lane are lending their talents to the Murphy Family Benefit show on July 20 in Parc International. All of the proceeds raised from the concert will go to the Home Bank Murphy Family Support Fund. Popeyes, Theatre League of Louisiana, Pizza Hut, Schilling Distributing, Acadian Ambulance, and Acadiana Bottling are sponsoring the event. Tickets are $35. The show starts at 6 p.m. For information and how to donate, call 266-2120.
Born in 1947 in New Orleans, George Porter Jr. is one of the godfathers of funk. Best known as the bassist of The Meters, he’s forged a low end path of monster bass lines that have been studied and deconstructed like The Dead Sea scrolls by funkologoists. He’s still doing it. On July 17, George Porter Jr. and his band Runnin’ Pardners play the Blue Moon for what will surely be a HUGE show.
Punk still ain’t dead. The young guns are coming out to kick out the jams this weekend.
The bill includes Hemet, California’s ska-fiends Billion Ernies, Texas’ Informant, and Laf-Town locals Mission vs. Madness and The Chatty Cathies. They all bring the Ska, punk rock and rock & roll to Sadie’s on July 16.
The Eighth Annual Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble presents Two Gentlemen Of Verona, An Acting Up (in Acadiana) Production. Over 30 children ages 10 – 17 take on the roles of characters in William Shakespeare’s comedy. Performances will take place at Acadiana Center for the Arts on July 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 7:30 p.m. and July 18 & 25 at 2 p.m. Info: 739-4273.
Since late April Grant Street Dancehall has been making a concerted effort to bring live music back to its famed stage. On July 17, they do it again with a killer show featuring the deconstructed roots juggernaut of Michael Juan Nunez and band, the juke-haus blues of Sam Rey (Mark Meaux of the Bluerunners) and arguably – “hands down” – the greatest band to ever skronk skiffle, Black Bayou Construkt. They do it up at Grant Street on Friday, July 16. Cover is $5 at the door. Doors open at 8. Show starts at 9 p.m.
Ryan Brunet & Les Malfectuers play Lake View Park in Eunice on July 16…On July 15, DJ Yousab Valdis, spinning music from the 70s & 80s at Somewhere’s Else Lounge…Sam Rey plays Artmosphere on July 14…Nashville’s High Tide Blues plays Artmosphere with The Revivalists on July 15…On July 17, Wayne Toups plays the Atchafalaya club in Henderson… Johanna Divine and David Egan play Café des Amis on July 14…On July 17, Feufollet and Murray Conque (Cajun Humorist) play the Liberty Theater in Eunice…On July 15, Come & Conquer hit Sadie’s…On July 18, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie play Whiskey River.
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
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The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.