Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Written by Dege Legg
Who doesn’t love The Stones? You got Mick, prancing around like a rooster and doing his thing, which gets annoying, but you forgive him because he co-wrote so many freaking great songs. You had Brian Jones — nutty, Mohair hipster who was rad, but a little too preened up for my tastes, but he made some valid contributions until he crapped out creatively and psychologically at the end of the ’60s. Charlie Watts = total class act. Period. Thumping it. Bill Wyman was like a freaky pokerfaced mannequin, playing those nutty bass lines that actually worked. Then you’ve got Keith Richards — a total mess, but the living embodiment of rock & roll and it’s most creative. Great rock & roll — and great art for that matter — isn’t made by bank tellers (unless they are T.S. Eliot and he’s the exception to the rule); they’re made by confused, sloppy nut jobs who have a lot of problems, write a lot of riffs, find a song to put them in and live to play them (regardless of whether anyone is listening). The amount of great Stones tunes out there is baffling — even their disco stuff in the ’70s is great. What current band can bust moves like that? They haven’t released a great album since 1981’s Tattoo You, but who cares? They’re still great. The legend is already set in stone. If there’s one lesson to be gleaned from the Stones, it’s the necessity of writing exceptional songs. It’s not about the haircut. It ain’t about the jeans. It’s not about the distortion or the volume or how much it annoys parents. It’s about writing timeless songs. If you can do that, you don’t worry so much about the rest. Musician Kevin Sekhani hosts a Rolling Stones Hoot Night at the Blue Moon on March 31. Expect every killer Stones song to be played in some form by hoot night participants like Dickey Landry, The Brian Marshall Band, Craig Futch, Kelly Keeling, Freetown Hounds, Ken Veron, Primo, Diego Martin-Perez & 80 Proof, Jake Stephens & Back Bone Stew, Julian Primeaux & band, Trouble With Lefty, Bret Vidrine and the host, Kevin Sekani.
Born in Church Point in 1967, this year’s Cajun/Zydeco Grammy champion, Chubby Carrier, is a powerhouse accordion player, super nice guy, “world premier zydeco showman” and a third generation zydeco artist with some famous zydeco legends in his family tree. He got his start playing drums in his father’s band, then switched to the accordion at 15 and by age 17 he’d begun touring the world with Terrance Simien, eventually forming his own zydeco band in 1989. Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded five CDs over the past ten years and most recently won a Grammy Award for Zydeco Junkie. On April 3, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band rock the Blue Moon Saloon. The old time, mod-swing of Holy Ghost Tent Rival and the nouveau juke-zoot of Dirty Bourbon River Show open the show.
One of God’s greatest creations is the vagina. Fact: Dudes do not have vaginas. But we know a little bit about them. But need to know more. If you’re interested in knowing more about women and vaginas, you’d be well advised to check out UL’s production of The Vagina Monologues on April 1 & 2 in Hamilton Hall on UL campus.
When the NWO kicks in the Codex Alimentarius restrictions and we’re surrounded by genetically modified foods and everything is stripped of nutritional value, you’re going to be pretty bummed out. Organically grown, locally produced foods are the way to go. One of Lafayette’s most productive and healthy food co-ops is hosting a Sunday brunch that seeks to promote Louisiana foods. The brunch will be at Esprit de Coeur (402 Garfield St., Lafayette) on April 3, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, call 269-4901.
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When the hell are they going to book Lisa Haley to play Downtown Alive!? Oh, yeah, baby! There’s your exclamation point! Hoiyo! Joking, joking. It’s time to pat some dudes on the back. This week’s Downtown Alive doubles as a live music event and Grammy after-party with The Pine Leaf Boys and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band on April 1 at Parc International.
Andrew Jackson is a soul man. If you created a soul man Frankenstein, it would have Nat King Cole’s heart, Donny Hathaway’s large intestines, Luther Vandross’s sweat glands and Stevie Wonder’s pancreas. If you would like to witness how this Frankenstein amalgamation rolls, check out Andrew Jackson at Club Rox in the Cypress Bayou Casino on April 1.
Treat me like a fool. Lost Bayou Ramblers at Blues Moon on April Fool’s Day…Horace Trahan & The Ossun Express play Lakeview Park & Beach on April 2…The illustrious Charlie Rees plays the Oasis Sports Bar on March 31…Opelousas’ Music & Market hosts Lil Pookie and the Zydeco Sensations on April 1…
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.