Posted: Mar 10, 2011 3:30 PM by Press Release
The City of Opelousas Tourism Office is proud to present a new season of Music & Market beginning April 1st through May 27th in historic Opelousas. Eight bands featuring popular Louisiana music styles including Zydeco, Cajun, Swamp Pop and Blues will fill the spring line-up along with local farmers showcasing home grown vegetables for purchase.
The spring series for 2011 begins kicks off with Lil Pookie and The Zydeco Sensations. Lil' Pookie's unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Born Jimmy Seraile, he was part of a talented musical family. His grandfather, the late Delton Broussard, was the forefront of Pookie's roots and was instrumental in his interest in playing the accordion. He began his career in music playing the rubboard and gained experience and exposure while traveling with the popular band Zydeco Force.
At the age of 12 he shocked the Zydeco world by entering and winning the first accordion contest at the popular Zydeco Extravaganza. He began to learn other instruments and became a drummer with the Zydeco Blazers, later moving on to the accordion player for the group. They were soon renamed Lil' Pookie and the Zydeco Heartbreakers.
While the majority of the Friday night events take place at Farmer's Market Pavilion/Le Vieux Village, two events are scheduled to be held around the historic courthouse square in downtown Opelousas. The April 15th event will be held downtown and will feature popular southwest Louisiana music artists T. K. Hulin, Steve Adams and Smoke.
The April 15th event will be held in conjunction with the kick-off for the Wild about Downtown street
banner art exhibit. Wild about Downtown is a project being presented by Opelousas Main Street, Inc. The banner art project is designed to support the arts and bring activity and awareness to the downtown district. The exhibit will feature thirty banners designed by artists and students from the area. The May 20th downtown Music & Market event will feature sounds by Patrick Henry & the Liberation Band.
On Friday, May 6th, Music & Market will feature the Lost Bayou Ramblers at the Farmer's Market Pavilion/Le Vieux Village. The evening will also lend way for another art event titled Trash Art. The trash can exhibit will turn empty oil barrels into artistic trash cans by students from St. Landry Parish schools. The receptacles will eventually be placed in Le Vieux Village and the City Hall parking lot in downtown Opelousas. Ortego Oil Supply in Opelousas is donating the barrels for the project.
Music and Market series is a free outdoor concert showcasing products from local farmers and Louisiana music. The events are from 5:30- 8:30 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m.
April 1- Lil Pookie and the Zydeco Sensations
April 8- Bon Soir Catin
April 15-T K Hulin, Steve Adams and Smoke
April 29- Rosie Ledet and The Zydeco Playboys
May 6- Lost Bayou Ramblers
Purple Hull Peas
May 13- Roscoe Chenier and the Inner City Blues Band
May 20- Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band
May 27- Koray Broussard and the Zydeco Unit
This spring Music & Market series is made possible by a grant from the AcadianaArtsCenter and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Event sponsors include CLECO, Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission, Kool 107.1/KSLO and Zydeco Online. Additional support is provided by City of Opelousas Parks & Recreation, Opelousas Police Department, St. Landry Parish Government, St. Landry Parish Recycling Center, St. Landry Parish Farmer's Market Association and Crescent Crown
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