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.
DTA GRAMMY AFTER PARTY
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…
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
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.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
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.
Easy crafts in time for Easter
The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.