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.
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