Posted: Aug 16, 2010 11:24 AM by Letitia Walker
A new season of Music & Market begins Friday, September 17th in Opelousas offering continuous entertainment through Friday, November 12, 2010. The event will feature Southwest Louisiana music in a unique family-friendly outdoor setting.
The fall series kicks off
with the blues sounds of Jude Taylor and his Burning Flames.
Grand Coteau native Jude Taylor spent his early days shadowing and singing background vocals for artists like Buckwheat Zydeco, Clifton Chenier and Marcel Dugas.
After playing at local clubs and honing his skills, Jude formed Jude Taylor and is Burning Flames. He plays a captivating blend of soulful R & B, blues and Zydeco and has toured from Florida to British Columbia, playing major festival and cultural venues.
The majority of the free, outdoor, cultural events are held at the Farmer's Market Pavilion located at
828 East Landry Street
on the grounds of the OpelousasTouristCenter. Meanwhile, the October 1st and October 15th events will take place downtown on the
St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square
. The October 1st Music & Market, which will feature Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold, will begin immediately after the official unveiling ceremony for the new Cajun Mural located across from the St. Landry Courthouse on
. Meanwhile, attendees of the October 15th Music & Market can look for Sidewalk Astronomy. David Hostetter with the Lafayette Museum of History & Natural Science and Planetarium will have telescopes set up for viewing of planets and moons. The October 15th event will feature music by Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys.
In addition to musical entertainment, Music & Market will spotlight a vegetable and/or agriculture commodity where taste samples will be available. Featured vegetables and products throughout the series include okra, squash, cabbage, mustard greens, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
Music & Market happens from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., with music beginning at 6:00 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Because beverages sales for the concert series go towards covering the cost of bands and event expenses, ice chests will not be allowed.
The complete Fall Music & Market 2010 lineup includes:
Jude Taylor and his Burning Flames
Lil Kenny & the Heartbreakers
October 1 (
Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold
Cajun Mural unveiling
Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys
October 15 (
Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
Warren Storm, Willie Tee, & the Cypress Band
Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
No Music & Market
Chubby Carrier & the BayouSwamp Band
Purple Hull Peas
This event is presented by City of Opelousas Tourism with support from CLECO, IESI, CenterPoint Energy, MIX 107.1/KSLO, Quik Quarter and St. Landry Parish Government. For more information or to find out about vendor opportunities, contact City of Opelousas Tourism Office at 337-948-5227 or 337-948-6263 or visit www.cityofopelousas.com