Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Written by Dege Legg
Quick heads-up to everybody: This is my last go-around as music/calendar editor at The Independent Weekly. I will no longer be covering local music on a weekly basis. However, I will continue to be a contributing writer to the paper, knocking out cover stories and stuff. It’s been fun — but it’s time to move on. Anyone who has followed my writing and music over the past decade, in and outside of The Independent — Cablog, Anatomy of a Scream, Roadlog Tour Journals, etc. — already knows I stay busy ... and when things get stale, I have to make a move. My next major writing project is editing the manuscript for my book Cablog, which details my four years driving a cab on the night shift. Everybody seemed to love those stories, so I guess it is time to get that thing done. In addition, I’ll be recording new Brother Dege and Santeria albums, possibly doing a European tour as well as working as a case worker at the St. Joseph Shelter for Men in Lafayette. I salute all my readers, subjects, friends and cohorts at The Independent. Keep fighting the good fight out there, because all the other fights are a tragic waste of time.
I HAVE MANY LEATHER-BOUND BOOKS
AcA gets tweaky with the bluegrass and jazz twang this week. On April 14, Tim O’Brien goes full-bluegrass at the AcA theater, coaxing ethereal sounds from his mandolin. Over the years, many well-known artists have needed twang and called Tim on the 1-800-INEED-TWANG hotline — sobbing, cracking up and borderline psychotic. Tim talked them down and added soothing sounds. Those artists include The Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea and a bunch more — loony bastards. On April 16, AcA gets into full-on Ron Burgundy Jazz Flute Mode with Brazilian jazz saxophonist/flutist Carlos Malta. Kidding aside, the guy is a jazz flute legend. Don’t forget to splash on some Sex Panther cologne for an intimate evening featuring table-seating just like in a real jazz club. Hell yeah!
This guy is rad. Captured by Robots is a one-man band with one guy backed by a gang of robots he constructed out of metal and other crap. See it for the music, but definitely check it out for the technological spectacle. Captured by Robots plays Artmosphere on April 17.
If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed. Good quote. Revelation 13:10. It has no relevance to this gig, but that doesn’t matter. Mitch Fest goes down at Artmosphere on April 16. Go. Kid Midi, Not A Death Ray and El Domania. All good, fun bands. Go.
…AND THEN THERE WAS SOUND
From the Popol Vuh. The blasted bowels of inner earth had turned to mush. Old quiche, egg whites and seaweed littered the streets. The skies screamed black. Cajun purist Ray Abshire appeared on a nearby mountain and climbed down only to lower a tremendous squeeze down upon his accordion. The blast shook the trees of their leaves. Then the mountains were separated from the water, all at once the great mountains came forth. By their genius alone, by their cutting edge alone they carried out the conception of the mountain-plain, whose face grew instant groves of cypress and pine. Accordionist and vocalist Ray Abshire plays the Blue Moon Saloon on April 14.
Mix contemporary Cajun music with indie folk, first class musicianship and steaming egg whites and you get something that might not be Feufollet, but it sounds cool. Feufollet brings their Grammy-nominated tunes to Rhythms on the River on April 14.
Country time. Everybody knows Mike Dean jams. Mike Dean plays the Blue Moon on April 15 with Darren Hoff and the Hard Times.
On April 16, The Original Boogie Kings play Lake View Park in Eunice. Go…On April 16, Broken Mojo plays Route 92…On April 16, David Egan plays The Roundabout Tavern in Youngsville…The Specklers and Blayze Viatar play Artmosphere on April 15. Check ’em out…Les Malfactures play Blue Moon on April 16… Coldshock plays Daiquiri Supreme on April 15… Nik-L Beer plays Parc International for DTA!… Ryan Simon plays McGee’s on April 16… T K Hulin, Steve Adams and Smoke play the Courthouse Square for Opelousas Music & Market…
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
Wednesday'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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
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
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.