Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Written by Dege Legg
Indie-disco dance boys and girls can get their slow wave on Feb. 25 when FIGHTS brings its melodic, dancy jam to the Blue Moon for another round of tripping the light fantastico. Composed of Lafayette scene heavyweights, FIGHTS combines indie rock, good vibe and danceable juju into a groove stew of rad tunes. Also on the bill is New Orleans’ The Other Planets — an “eclectic gonzo musical ensemble that combines elements of freak rock, avant-jazz, comedy and social commentary.” Do it.
MISS EMILY AND THE COLLARD GREENS
You didn’t know she had it in her, but she does. Local Lafayette girl Emily Neustrom has been quietly picking a guitar and singing songs on her own. Now she’s put together her own band named Miss Emily and the Collard Greens. She describes it as “a greasy spoon full of salty, rootsy country blues goodness.” Good enough for me! Miss Emily and the Collard Greens play the Blue Moon on Feb. 24. Following their set will be an Old Country Hootenanny Jam. Folk are invited to bring instruments, join in and sing along to other country classics in their non-church voices. Musicians and singers welcome to bring songs. The only rules: four chords or less, pre-1970s songs, and no Brad Paisley i.e. only songs Johnny Cash would approve of. This is a free show.
FREE MUSICIAN DENTAL CLINIC
People of the song, load stone rockers and cold chug poppers can get their ya-yas out at Nitetown this weekend. Knoxville, Tenn., alt/modern rock band 10 Years brings heaping doses of modern, radio-rock to Lafayette on Feb. 25 at Nitetown. A Cry Farewell and Digital Summer open the show.
Grant Street is revving it up again. Lafayette’s best live music venue has a super packed line-up over the weekend. On Feb. 24, the club hosts a benefit for the Acadiana Outreach Center with Saint Cecilia, Melody Fidelity, KB Uplugged, Emelie Guidry, Cory Landry, Dude vs. Bruh, The Danny Airhart Project, Andrew Poche, Justin Martin and Shea Beardon. On Feb. 25, G-Street houses another installment of Acadiana’s Hip Hop in the Flats series. On Feb. 26, Discordia Culture Shop/ Merchandising presents Inferno Discordia 0.1 with SILVAS, Fire Maiden from Outerspace, Bizarre Ink, Berzerka, Ismonic, Discordia Merchandising and SINthetik Messiah Feat. HuLaLa. This show is the first in a series of metal shows with various performances and appearances from Tattoo Studios to black-light hula hoop dancers as well as spaces for artists, tattooists and assorted vendors. And last but not least, on Feb. 27 the Elephant Six Holiday Surprise tour comes through town (see our LivingIND cover). All of it goes down at Grant Street this weekend.
When something is just plain rad, you simply admit it. Freestyle motocross is one of those things. Once FMXers started doing can-cans and back flips, it was like a new chapter being burnt into the air. The Cajundome hosts two nights of FMX action on Feb. 25-26 when eight of the world’s top FMX riders take to the skies and perform tricks never thought possible on a dirt bike: back flips, Hart Attacks, Saran Wraps and bar hops are just a handful of the gravity-defying tricks performed at these shows. Check it out.
LA 31 BEER DANCE OFF
Bayou Teche Brewing, Schilling Distributors and Whiskey River Landing are working to bring back an old Cajun and Creole tradition with the LA 31 Biere Pale Cajun-Zydeco Dance Competitions. The first dance competition goes down Feb. 27 at Whiskey River Landing on the Henderson Levee. Historically, these dance competitions have been a large part of the rich culture of Acadiana. Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns will start playing at 4 p.m. The band will feature three songs during the contest. The first will be an at-large elimination round to select the top four couples who will compete in the semi-finals. The top two couples in the semifinals will compete in the final round to crown the overall best dancing couple. Bust it.
On Feb. 26, Slow Burn Burlesque hits Artmosphere…Don Rich plays the Atchafalaya Club on Feb. 26…Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express play Blue Moon after the Krewe de Rio Parade on Feb. 26… Les Frères Michot, Harry Young and COD (Cajun On Demand) play the Liberty Theater on Feb. 26…On Feb. 27, The Tony Goulas Band plays The Shed BBQ for the Scott Mardi Gras Celebration…On Feb. 27, Lafayette Rhythm Devils play Vermilionville for the Courir de Mardi Gras… The Viatones play The Wild Salmon on Feb. 24…
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