AcA boasts Louisiana Crossroads 2011-2012 concert season line-up

LAKE CHARLES - The Acadiana Center for the Arts is proud to announce Louisiana Crossroads’ 2011-2012 season concert line-up. This award-winning concert series, radio broadcast and television program, known for one-of-a-kind performances celebrating the best of Louisiana music, is entering its 12th season with loads of energy and forward momentum.

The number of performances is increasing from six to eight, with most featuring two-night runs in the AcA’s word-class James Devin Moncus Theater. The hour-long, superbly shot television pilot is poised to reach a vast national and international audience and the live KRVS radio broadcast will continue to reach hundreds of thousands of listeners in Southwest Louisiana.

Season tickets went on sale September 1 and individual tickets, September 9. Season ticket prices are $120 - $170.

September 28 @ 8:00 p.m., “An Evening With Aaron Neville” is at AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater in Lafayette.

A Louisiana legend known for the instantly recognizable voice that made “Tell It Like It Is” a million-seller in the 1960s, Aaron Neville not only symbolizes but consistently delivers the very best of what it means to be a musician deeply rooted in the sound and spirit of Louisiana.

He will bring his world-renowned vocal gift to the James D. Moncus Theater for an evening of intimate and soulful music, accompanied by a single pianist.

An Accordion Blowout - Cajun, Zydeco, Lebanese and Conjunto will be performed October 19 at 7 p.m. at Central School Theatre in Lake Charles and October 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. at AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater.

The vibrant sound of the accordion has a firm place at the core of Louisiana’s unique musical expression. This show features four virtuoso accordionists, all of different traditions, but all united by musical strength and generosity of spirit. Kristi Guillory and Bonsoir Catin will deliver hard-driving Cajun music. Elias Lammam will bring his incredible Arabic sounds and technical mastery. Corey Ledet, the heir apparent to Clifton Chenier, will hit hard with his full-on zydeco band. Last but not least, Eva Ybarra, a passionate performer and the first woman to play Conjunto in Texas, will treat us to cumbias, polkas and more.

“Songs from the Coast,” a world premiere of a Louisiana Crossroads film, featuring live performances by DL Menard and Jeffrey Broussard will be shown on November 25 at 7:30 p.m. at AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater and November 27 at 4:30 p.m. at AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater.

The premiere of the Louisiana Crossroads TV pilot shown in high definition in the James D. Moncus Theater will be followed by a ”question and answer” session with the filmmakers and live musical performances by Cajun/Creole greats DL Menard and Jeffrey Broussard. They will have plenty of refreshments on hand and, since they are doing it southwest Louisiana style, the night will end with a full-on zydeco dance.

Lil’ Band O’ Gold Swamp pop Christmas pageant will take place December 7 at 7 p.m. at Central School Theatre and December 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. at AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater.

This promises to be a one-of-a-kind over-the-top holiday extravaganza featuring Warren Storm, Tommy McClain, David Egan, Steve Riley, CC Adcock, Richard Comeaux, Dickie Landry, David Ranson and Pat Breaux. With the final night being broadcast live on KRVS by the great Lee Kleinpeter, this specially created show will be full of amazing music, infectious spirit, and surprises better than anything you’ll find in your stocking.

Steve Earle, with Joel Savoy, Linzay Young, and Dirk Powell will perform January 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater.

Steve Earle is a legendary and multifaceted performer with long-standing connections to Louisiana and a history too accomplished to list. Most recently, he has been featured as an actor and musician in the HBO series “Treme,” for which he wrote the profoundly moving song “This City,” about New Orleans after Katrina. Steve’s wife Allison Moorer, also performing, is no stranger to the region either, having grown up in a musical family in Mobile, Alabama. Allison is an award-winning singer and songwriter with major label success on all fronts. The show will feature collaboration with other musicians who have performed in “Treme, “such as Joel Savoy and Linzay Young, and friend Dirk Powell.

Capital One presents Louisiana Crossroads: A Tribute to Louisiana’s Little Walter, Featuring James Cotton with Henry Gray will be March 7 at 7 p.m. at Central School Theatre in Lake Charles and March 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. at AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater.

Marksville native Little Walter Jacobs, the inventor of amplified Blues harmonica and the most influential performer on his instrument of all time, hasn’t always received recognition for his Creole roots. With this classic hard-driving Blues show that will change. James Cotton is a harmonica legend and Little Walter’s peer in every sense. When they inducted Little Walter into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, James Cotton got the call to pay tribute and he will do the same for Louisiana.

De Temps Antan, Cedric Watson, Anna Laura Edmiston and David Greely will be Exploring Quebecois, Acadian and Cajun/Creole Connections on April 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Central School Theatre and April 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater.

The connections between the traditional music of Francophone Canada and Louisiana are undeniable and largely unexplored. This show brings together stalwarts on both side of that line. De Temps Antan are at the pinnacle of Quebecois music which features virtuoso fiddler André Brunet, who performed during the opening of the Vancouver Olympic Games before millions of viewers, along with guitarist and musical scholar Eric Beaudry and master accordionist Pierre-Luc DuPuis. They will collaborate with top Louisiana artists Cedric Watson, Anna Laura Edmiston and David Greely.

If you haven’t heard Zigaboo Modeliste, King of the Funky Drums’, incredibly tight and genre-defining drumming on the original New Orleans recordings of “The Meters,” or the pivotal 1976 “Wild Tchoupitoulas” release that brought New Orleans Mardi Gras music to the world, you’ve undoubtedly heard it on one of the countless songs on which it’s been sampled over the last several decades. As a founding member of The Meters, he was part of the circle of musicians that revolved in large part around the Neville Brothers. But his drumming led him out of that circle as well, to tour with Keith Richards and The Rolling Stones, among many others.

This show, with Zigaboo’s hard driving seven-piece funk band, will be the perfect closer to the season on May 9 at 7 p.m. at Central School Theatre and May 10 at 8 p.m. at AcA’s Devin Moncus Theater.

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