DOWNTOWN ALIVE! SPRING 2012 LINEUP
Lafayette, La.— For 29 years, Acadiana's premiere concert series, Downtown Alive! (DTA!) has united community and culture to create a weekly tradition and celebration in Downtown Lafayette every Fall and Spring. The Spring 2012 series kicks off March 9, 2012, with Louisiana legends Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress with special guest G.G. Shinn, celebrating Warren Storm's 75th birthday! This Spring, DTA! once again offers great entertainment in the form of free, smoke free, family-friendly, outdoor concerts.
Sponsored by Cox Communications and Lafayette Coca-Cola, DTA! features performances by Grammy nominated, renowned and up and coming musicians representing a variety of genres: Swamp Pop, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Soul, Rock and more. The Spring season also includes the special event the 2nd Annual Bread Pudding Taste-Off on May 18th beginning at 5:30 p.m.
DTA! begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverage concessions – musical performances from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Concession sales help keep DTA! free, so please leave your ice chests at home with your pets. For more information, visit www.downtownlafayette.org. Downtown Alive! is produced by Downtown Lafayette in cooperation with Lafayette Consolidated Government.
Spring 2012 Season Schedule:
March 9 Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress with special guest G.G. Shinn (Swamp Pop – Parc International)
March 16 Feufollet (Cajun – Parc International)
March 23 Cowboy Mouth (Rock/Variety – Parc International)
March 30 Louisiana Red (Covers – Parc Sans Souci)
April 13 Lost Bayou Ramblers (Modern Cajun – Parc Sans Souci)
April 20 Nik-L Beer (Covers – Parc International)
May 4 Gregg Martinez and the Delta Kings (Southern/Soul Variety – Parc Sans Souci)
May 11 Lil Buck Sinegal (Blues – Parc Sans Souci)
May 18 Creole String Beans (Louisiana Variety – Parc Sans Souci)
May 25 Lil Wayne & The Same Ole' Two Step (Zydeco – Parc Sans Souci)
June 1 Rareluth and Royal Teeth (Indie/Electronica/Dance – Parc Sans Souci)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress with special guest G.G. Shinn
March 9 – Parc International
Louisiana legend Warren Storm celebrates his 75th birthday this year and is showing no signs of slowing down! When he belts out the oldies but goodies, he maintains his status as the Godfather of Swamp Pop! This spring, he joins another legend, Willie Tee, on stage to kick-off Downtown Alive! Willie Tee, the soulful singer and top swamp pop saxophonist, pleases audiences with his rendition of Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong favorites. Together with Cypress, the party will be on stage and have the crowd on their feet dancing to the beat. For this special performance, they are joined by a very special guest G.G. Shinn, the singer, the horn player, the dynamic stage persona who never fails to have audiences begging for more!
March 16 – Parc International
Feufollet is a band both deeply rooted in the francophone soil of Louisiana and pushing boldly into unexplored yet utterly natural varieties of Cajun experience. Though famous for their renditions of heartbreaking songs and rollicking tunes, the Grammy-nominated quintet breaks new ground featuring original songs that draw on deep roots tempered by a cutting edge of contemporary life. http://www.feufollet.net/.
March 23 – Parc International
Cowboy Mouth is New Orleans rock n' roll. For more than 15 years, the members of Cowboy Mouth have preached and shouted at the top of their lungs the joys of being alive and the joys of being in and from New Orleans, sharing a slice of Mardi Gras heaven with fans around the world. If you're looking for a show to get you up and moving, Cowboy Mouth is a band you don't want to miss! http://www.cowboymouth.com/
March 30 – Parc Sans Souci
Delivering classic covers and Top 40 favorites since 1972, Louisiana Red is a veteran band with a solid repertoire to send you down memory lane while incorporating a taste of contemporary music.Each musician has toured with top acts covering the U.S. and Canada.Louisiana RED has always had a reputation for its ability to perform a wide variety of music from KC & the Sunshine band to Patsy Cline to Louis Armstrong. Whether it's Pop,50's & 60's, Dance, R&B,Rock,Country, Cajun two-step, Zydeco, traditional French music or Funk you want to hear, they've got you covered! http://www.louisianared.com/
Lost Bayou Ramblers
April 13 – Parc Sans Souci
The Lost Bayou Ramblers are the keepers of the flame, champions of Cajun music's cultural past. Growing up in Acadiana, Louis (fiddle and vocals) and Andre (accordion) Michot were immersed in roots Cajun music from birth, primarily since their father and uncles were already touring the world playing traditional songs as the band Les Freres Michot. After a decade of "initiation" on triangle, guitar, and bass, Andre and Louis felt they were prepared to take on the lead instruments - accordion and violin - and pick up the torch as the next generation in the evolution of their musical heritage. http://www.lostbayouramblers.com/
April 20 – Parc International
For more than 30 years, Acadiana's party band, Nik-L Beer, has been delighting audiences across Louisiana. Drawing on diverse musical experiences, this eight-piece band belts out Golden Oldies, Hard-Driving Zydeco, Blue-Eyed Soul, Motown, Country, 80's Funk, Swamp Pop and Two-Stepping Cajun. www.niklbeer.comLink to image
Gregg Martinez and the Delta Kings
May 4 – Parc Sans Souci
Gregg Martinez, whose blend of blues, R&B and swamp pop music he describes as "bayou blues and Creole soul” is from south Louisiana. He's joined forces with five other Acadiana natives to form Gregg Martinez and The Delta Kings to continue bringing this homegrown sound to the pleasure of crowds everywhere. http://www.greggmartinez.com/ Link to image.
May 11 – Parc Sans Souci
Touted as the best guitar slinger South Louisiana has to offer, Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal honed his chops as an Excello session man and Clifton Chenier's longtime guitarist. Revered for his work with Lil' Bob, Rockin' Dopsie, and Fernest Arcenaux, Lil' Buck also recorded his own killer instrumentals in the late '60s. More recently, he co-founded the Lafayette-based all-star aggregation Cowboy Stew Blues Revue. In 1999, Lil' Buck was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. Lil' Buck has electrified Canadian, European and American audiences with his performances over the last four decades. Sinegal is a guitarist's guitarist born and raised right here in Lafayette, Louisiana. Link to image.
Creole String Beans
May 18 – Parc Sans Souci
Creole String Beans are THE classic New Orleans Party Band with Lafayette flavor. With exceptional taste in song selection and a repertoire that ranges far and wide from Fats Domino and Bobby Charles to Duke Ellington and NRBQ, the 'Beans are able to take their devoted dance fans to dangerous altitudes of twistin'n'shoutin' ecstasy with high energy and melodic finesse. Called "the best tasting band in New Orleans" by Chef John Besh, The Creole String Beans have defined a new era in 21st Century "Y'at Rock" on stages from the New Orleans Jazz Fest to back-o-town dives. http://www.creolestringbeans.com/
Lil Wayne & The Same Ole' Two Step
May 25 – Parc Sans Souci
Although good Zydeco music in southwest Louisiana is prevalent, some musicians just stand out. Lil' Wayne & Same Ol' Two Step shine as a high-energy band, generating both old- and new-style Zydeco music with a distinct way of blending the two, putting them at a totally different level. Lil' Wayne is a young, but a very knowledgeable accordionist and lead vocalist who cut his teeth with the legendary Zydeco Force, so you know that he knows what it's all about! http://www.lilwayneandsameol2step.com/
Rareluth and Royal Teeth
June 1 – Parc Sans Souci
Comprised of accomplished musicians Christine Peirce, Blake Ortego and Ryan DeJean from troupes, groups and parties, Rareluth has been established as a near-household name in the Lafayette music scene. Blending Indie, Electronica and a hint of dance, Rareluth accomplishes what few can, making energetic and enjoyable music that gets you out of your seat and on your feet. http://www.rareluth.com/ Link to image.
More often than not, Royal Teeth tries something, and despite the odds or would-be roadblocks, it simply works. Recruit a lead vocalist who has never been in a band before? Check. Record a cover of a popular, mega-selling single for the band's debut EP? Why not? High on the release of "Act Naturally”, the vocal duo of Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson provide heartfelt lyrics as this sextet of musicians travels through melodic soundscapes via a synth-infused sound, all the while boasting a brand all to itself that's not quite "dance pop” and not overly electronic. In fact, Royal Teeth are only interested in being themselves. Furthermore, if making music and having audiences respond well is a difficult thing, it's news to them. http://www.royalteethmusic.com/
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