Mar 24, 2010 12:00 PM by Letitia Walker
(Opelousas, LA)—A new season of Music & Market begins Friday, April 9th in Opelousas offering continuous entertainment through Friday, June 11, 2010. The event will feature Southwest Louisiana music in a unique outdoor setting.
The spring series kicks offwith the Cajun sounds of Balfa Toujours.Led by Christine Balfa, the daughter of the great Cajun fiddler and Cajun ambassador, Dewey Balfa, the band plays traditional music that has been handed down though generations. Throughout the years, Balfa Toujours has recorded six CDs, appeared in numerous films and television shows includingThe Big Easy, and toured North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Vocalist, lead guitar and triangle player Christine Balfa collaborates on many of the group’s heartfelt original songs and is the founder and director ofLouisiana Folk Roots, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Louisiana traditions. Other members of Balfa Toujours include Christine’s husband, Dirk Powell,who playsaccordion and second fiddle, Kevin Wimmer, who plays lead fiddle, and bass player Courtney Granger.
The majority of the free outdoor cultural events are held at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion located at
828 East Landry Streeton the grounds of the OpelousasTouristCenter between Vine & Landry Streets. Meanwhile, the April 16th and May 14th events will take place downtown on theSt. Landry Parish Courthouse Square. The April 16th event will also serve as the official unveiling ceremony for the upcoming Fiddle Mania exhibit. Funding for a portion of the project was made possible through a grant received from the AcadianaCenter for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
In addition to musical entertainment, Music & Market will spotlight a vegetable and/or agriculture commodity where taste samples will be available. The April 9th kick-off will feature samples of beef jerky prepared by local Opelousas chiropractor Dr. Scott Rohner. Featured vegetables and products throughout the series include snap beans, okra, tomatoes and mustard greens as well as goat meat products and Blue Belle ice cream.
The April 16th Music & Market, scheduled to take place at the historic
St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square, will begin immediately after the unveiling of Fiddle Mania, a spectacular fiberglass art exhibit being presented by Opelousas Main Street, Inc. From April 16 to August 1, 2010, twenty-one over sized fiddles that have been designed, painted and adorned by local artist will be on exhibit on theCourthouse Square.
Meanwhile more art will be seen at the May 14th Music & Market also scheduled to take place at the Courthouse Square as students from St. Landry Parish Talented & Visual Arts Program will host a public art exhibit in the nearby Delta Grand.
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 Spring Music & Market 2010 lineup features:
April 16 (
Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys
Blue Belle Ice Cream
*Fiddle Mania Exhibit Opening
Jo Joe Reed & the Happy Hill Band
Goat Meat Products
Bobby & the Rockers
Horace Trahan & the New Ossun Express
May 14 (
Lil Nate’ & the Zydeco Big Timers
Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds
Poncho Chavis the Zydeco Flames
Cucumbers & Tomatoes
No Music & Market
Opelousas Spice & Music Festival
June 11, 2010
Same Ol 2 Step
This event is presented by City of Opelousas Tourism with support from CLECO, Louisiana Lottery, Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, 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