Aug 19, 2013 1:56 PM by KATC

An Evening Honoring 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow Carol Fran

2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow Carol Fran will be honored Thursday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. in AcA's James Devin Moncus Theater. This event will feature Rue Bugaloo with special guests Chubby Carrier, Lil' Buck Sinegal, David Egan and a preview of the upcoming Carol Fran documentary.

Carol Fran's distinct voice and piano-playing style mark her celebrated career that spans more than six decades. Fran is a major figure in the swamp blues genre, which is characterized by slow laid back vocals combined with Cajun and Zydeco rhythmic elements.

At the age of 15, Fran left home to join the tour of Joe Lutcher, the Louisiana jump blues saxophonist, and his band, the Society Cats. She also toured with Jimmy Reed, Lee Dorsey, Joe Tex and Ray Charles. In 1957, Fran recorded her first hit single, "Emmitt Lee," for the legendary Excello Records, and in 1958 she toured with blues legend Guitar Slim.

In 1993 and 2001, Fran was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Female Artist of the Year. In 2006, she received the Louisiana Governors Arts Awards as Folk Artist of the Year. In 2012 she received the Slim Harpo Blues Award for Female Legend of the Year.

This evening is a send-off celebration for Ms. Fran to attend a very special ceremony in Washington D.C, honoring her as the NEA's 2013 National Heritage Fellow.

Tickets: General Admission $15
Tickets are available by phone at 337.233.7060, online at and at The AcA Box Office located a 101 W. Vermilion St. in Downtown Lafayette.



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