The Acadiana Center for the Arts, the local arts center located in Downtown Lafayette that serves the eight-parish Acadiana region, has released their 2022 music series line-up. The season, consisting of two separate performance series, kicks off January 2022, and goes through December 2022 with tickets going on sale December 15, 2021, to the public. Below we've compiled all the upcoming performances in date order as well as a brief description of each series.

AllStars Performance Series - AllStars presents world-class touring musicians from all genres. We introduce Acadiana to acts from award-winning artists and rising stars, bringing them to the stages at the James Devin Moncus Theater and Heymann Performing Arts Center.

Louisiana Crossroads - For nearly 20 years, Louisiana Crossroads has shown how our unique culture and the rest of the world meet. Each Louisiana Crossroads show tells the stories of Louisiana’s rich culture and outstanding musicians.

January 13 - Meshell Ndegeocello
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello is a German-born American singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, being nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, and winning one. She also has been credited for helping to spark the neo-soul movement. There are albums dedicated to personal pain, or political protest, love, death, nostalgia, rage. There are those that are simply fun, glossy, the soundtrack to a good time. Some are exploratory, a musical journey, shapeshifting soundmaking, a new way to do an old thing. An artist can make a choice about concept and content, or heed a vision, follow their muse or their manager. But in times so extreme and overwhelming, when there is no known expression for the feeling, no satisfactory direction for art or action, then they might take refuge in a process, a ritual, something familiar, the shape and sound of which recall another time altogether, so that they can weather the present long enough to call it the past. Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape. “Ventriloquism”, the latest album from Meshell Ndegeocello, is a place, like its process, to take refuge from one storm too many. Musically, Ventriloquism has the hallmarks of all of Ndegeocello’s work, lush and investigative, subversive and sublime. As always, she pays tribute to her diverse influences and in these eleven covers, we hear them layered over one another. Ndegeocello filters “Tender Love” through a folky, Californian filter and brings Vaudevillian accents to “Sensitivity”. She recreates Smooth Operator in five, and turns “Private Dancer” into a sultry waltz. The reimagining affords not just a new musical experience but also a comment on the narrow expectations of sounds and structures for black artists and black music. A portion of the profits from this album will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

January 27 - The Lone Bellow
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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The Lone Bellows

The Lone Bellow burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 2013. The Brooklyn-based band quickly became known for their transcendent harmonies, serious musicianship and raucous live performance — a reputation that earned them their rabid fan base. It’s been six years since the band’s victorious Then Came The Morning was released. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, the album was nominated for an Americana Music Award. The band appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Show With David Letterman,” “Conan O’Brien,” “CBS This Morning,” “Later…with Jools Holland,” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden” in support of the album. In the years since the release, the band left their beloved adopted home of Brooklyn and moved to Nashville. THE LONE BELLOW’s latest album, Half Moon Light, is an artistic triumph worked toward for years, earned by collective determination and natural growth. With earthy three-part harmonies and songwriting as provocative as it is honest, the trio made up of Brian, lead vocalist Zach Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin creates sparks that bring our sense of childlike wonder roaring back. On ‘Half Moon Light,’ THE LONE BELLOW mixes light and dark to muster a complex ode to memory, a call for hope, and an exercise in empathy. The stories behind the songs matter––but they aren’t what matters most. In the end, THE LONE BELLOW’s music needs no explanation. Just listening offers a salve and a shelter. Music and more at https://www.thelonebellow.com/.

February 3 - The Williams Family Band ft. Nathan, Sr., El Sido, Lil’ Nate, & Dennis Paul Williams
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Williams Family

The family that has defined Creole music for decades finally plays together for one night featuring band leaders Nathan, Sr., El Sido, Lil’ Nate, and Dennis Paul Williams.

March 17 - The David Egan Songbook
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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David Eagan

A celebration of the life and legacy of musician and songwriter David Egan, featuring musical guests from across Louisiana. His music has been performed and recorded by Irma Thomas, Marsha Ball, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Joe Cocker and Percy Sledge to name just a few.

April 21 - Liz Longley
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Liz Longley

Best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz Longley is an accomplished singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, TN. With her deeply emotional music, Longley has earned accolades from some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition. Best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz Longley is an accomplished singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, TN. With her deeply emotional music, Longley has earned accolades from some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition. Her self-titled debut album received critical acclaim, being described as “something more; a cleverness, a wit and a mix of musical styles” (Dallas Morning News) and “stunning” (HuffPost). Her follow up album Weightless, released in 2016, was praised as “a thing of beauty” (Pop Dose) and “packed with instantly memorable pop rock songs…” (Popmatters). The Berklee College of Music grad worked alongside 5-time Grammy-nominated producer, Paul Moak, on her much awaited sixth album, Funeral For my Past. The journey of her self-release made music industry headlines when her devoted fanbase raised over $150,000 to help her purchase the rights to and independently release the album. Longley became the #4 most funded solo female musician in Kickstarter history – a story covered by Billboard Magazine. Embraced by the press and music fans alike, Funeral For My Past was described as a “…stunning new album!” (Forbes), “…from Americana to gospel-flavored soul to shimmering pop anthems” (Billboard), and included in “100 Albums Released in 2020 to Put on Your Radar” (Newsweek). The Nashville-based musician has found a loving give-and-take with listeners: Longley shares her music with the world, enriching fans’ lives, and in return, they provide her with the means necessary for her to make music on her own terms.

 

May 7 - Tommy McLain Runs Down Every (Sweet) Dream
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / Vermilionville
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Tommy McClain

An evening with Swamp Pop icon Tommy McLain and a star-studded cavalcade of friends from across Louisiana and beyond in a loving tribute to this living legend. Known for his stunning voice, in the mid-1960s the Jonesville, Louisiana native found himself racing up the Billboard charts, appearing on Dick Clark’s television shows, and performing all over the US and UK on package tours with everyone from Otis Redding to The Yardbirds. In that moment, his music introduced the rest of the world to the joys as well as the drama that unfolded nightly in the Louisiana dance halls that he called home. Ever since, Tommy McLain’s records have circulated through the hands of music historians, critics, artists and enthusiasts as solid gold touchstones of “swamp pop”. This extraordinary one-of-a-kind hometown show will be in celebration of Tommy’s new record release on the iconic DECCA Records label out of London. Come hear a recreation of this beautiful new work by the all-star cast that helped record it, along with reimagined versions of his greatest golden jukebox hits!

June 16 - Bobby Rush
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush (born in Homer, Louisiana c. 1933) is an American blues musician, composer, and singer. His style incorporates elements of blues, rap, and funk. Rush has won twelve Blues Music Awards and in 2017, at the age of 83, he won his first Grammy Award for the album Porcupine Meat. He is inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, and Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. 2x GRAMMY winning legend, Blues Hall of Famer, six-time Grammy nominee, and 13-time Blues Music Award winner, with cameo in the Netflix original Dolemite Is My Name starring Eddie Murphy, and autobiography on its way Bobby Rush has been making records for nearly 70 years and has more than 400 recordings, 75 career releases, and now 27 studio albums to his name. He’s finally telling his story in his autobiography I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya: My American Blues Story currently available for pre-order and due out June 22 via Hachette Books who have published Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, and Tina Fey to name a few. After earning a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album and a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year for his studio recording Porcupine Meat in 2017, he spent a year writing his follow-up. In 2019, at age 85, he released Sitting on Top of the Blues with 11 originals, earning him another Blues Music Award and Grammy Award nomination. Rush is one of the last Black bluesmen from the class to emerge out of and triumph in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. He has recorded for more than 20 labels, from Checker/Chess and ABC to Philly Int’l and Rounder/Concord. To cap off 2019 he had a cameo in the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix original film Dolemite Is My Name, the Rudy Ray Moore biopic featuring Eddie Murphy as Moore. Rush kicked off 2020 with the release of “Dolemite Kid,” a single inspired by his nine years on tour with Moore, his day working with Murphy, and the hit film itself. But Rush, who turned 87 in November, is not done yet. With the release of his 2020 album Rawer Than Raw, an all-acoustic effort that pays tribute to the rich blues history of Mississippi, Rush has cemented his reputation as one of the preeminent bluesmen in the world, one of the last living links to the music’s glorious past, and an inspiration for its future stars. The album just won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, his second Grammy Award and sixth nomination. Partly inspired by the popular series of intimate solo concerts Rush has made a mainstay of his concert calendar in the years since his first all-acoustic album (titled Raw), Rawer Than Raw casts a spotlight on five Mississippi Blues Hall of Famers: early acoustic blues greats Skip James and Robert Johnson, and Rush’s contemporaries on the music scene of the ’50s and ’60s, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Muddy Waters. One song “Dust My Broom” was written by Robert Johnson, but caught Rush’s attention after it was recorded by Elmore James. The record features a half dozen covers of some of their best-known songs rendered in Rush’s own inimitable, acoustic style, characterized by wailing harmonica and a stomping foot to keep the rhythm.

June 23 - Femme II
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Femme II

Led by guest curator and renowned vocalist Anna Laura Edmiston with director and collaborator Lian Cheramie of Cajun Face, this performance is a follow up to Femme, a celebration of women in Acadiana music, which took place in 2018 as part of the Louisiana Crossroads series. Femme II will feature a whole new cast of women in South Louisiana through a chronological lens and a thematic of the natural elements earth, wind, fire, and rain. Performers from various musical genres and artistic disciplines will gather in this iridescent collage of artistry and music.

September 8 - Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, and a living legend in the Latin Jazz world, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales. Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s, and the popular Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the trumpets customary in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms, surprising critics and fans alike. Palmieri disbanded La Perfecta in 1968 to pursue different musical endeavors, though he would return to the band’s music in the 2000s. Palmieri perfected his arranging skills in the 1970’s releasing several impressive recordings that reflected his unorthodox approach to music. His unconventional style would once again surprise critics and fans with the 1970 release entitled “Harlem River Drive.”  This recording was the first to merge what were categorized as “Black” and “Latin” music into a free-form sound that encompassed elements of salsa, funk, soul and jazz. In 1975, Palmieri won the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording for The Sun of Latin Music (he’s won ten Grammys altogether to date), including two for his influential recording with Tito Puente, Obra Maestra/Masterpiece. Recognizing Palmieri as an American icon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives in 1988. Because of Palmieri’s proclivity for creating music in funk Latin style, Little Louie Vega invited him to record on Nuyorican Soul (1997), a release that became very popular in the house and underground music scenes. In addition to the Grammys, Palmieri has received numerous honors: Eubie Blake Award (1991); Most Exciting Latin Performance, presented by the BBC in London (2002); Yale University’s Chubb Fellowship, usually reserved for international heads of state, but given to Palmieri in recognition of his work building communities through music (2002); Harlem Renaissance Award (2005); Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (2008). A year later, the Library of Congress added Palmieri’s composition “Azucar Pa’ Ti” to the National Recording Registry, which at the time only included 300 compositions documenting the history of all of recorded music history in the U.S. With his widely popular eight-and-a-half minute “Azucar Pa’ Ti” Palmieri changed the format of the recording industry, breaking the three-and-a-half minute barrier imposed by the recording industry. In 2012, Palmieri continued to innovate, celebrating 75 years with new music included in the original score for a documentary co-directed by Bobbito Garcia called “Doin it in the Park” that explores the cultural influence of playground basketball on sports and music. Palmieri’s music recorded for the documentary was released as a soundtrack in November of 2013. This was Eddie’s first time recording his own new music since winning back-to-back Grammys in 2005 and 2006. The songs featured in the documentary are part of Eddie’s next full-length album, Sabiduria, which will be released in 2017. Sabiduria is a fusion of Jazz, funk and Latin fused with Afro-world rhythms. In 2013, Eddie Palmieri was awarded the coveted Jazz Master award by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). The NEA Jazz Master award is the highest honor an American Jazz artist can receive. For more about the NEA recognition, please visit: http://www.nea.gov/honors/jazz/index.html. In 2013, Palmieri was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. For more information: http://www.latingrammy.com/en/news/2013-latin-recording-academy-special-awards. In 2015, Palmieri released a new Big Band version of his classic composition, Vámonos P’al Monte, along with the first ever studio recording of another popular Palmieri original, Pa’ La Ocha Tambo. In 2016/17, Palmieri also recorded a Big Band album, entitled Mi Luz Mayor, which features Carlos Santana and Gilberto Santa Rosa. In the Spring of 2017, Palmieri released Sabiduria/Wisdom, rolling out his new music in successive volumes. Palmieri followed up the release of Sabiduria/Wisdom in 2018 by releasing “Full Circle” as a salsa album and the world’s first interactive Salsa app. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/8466435/eddie-palmieri-releases-new-album-full-circle-with-interactive-salsa. Eddie Palmieri celebrated his 81st Birthday on December 15, 2017 after concluding a year-long tour entitled “EP @ 80” and continues an active touring and recording schedule.

October 6 - Brother Dege: CABLOG LIVE
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Brother Dege

Brother Dege & The Brethren will perform songs and tell stories from his award-winning book CABLOG: Diary of a Cabdriver (UL Press 2020). Grammy-nominated Brother Dege Legg (for music in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained) is one of the best-kept secrets in Louisiana; a musician, writer, outsider artist, and heir to a long line of enigmatic characters of the Deep South.

October 27 - Marc Ribot
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Marc Ribot

Marc Ribot has released 25 albums under his own name over a 40-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the ‘Son Cubano’ of Arsenio Rodríguez, and has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, Caetano Veloso, John Zorn, David Sylvian, Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, The Lounge Lizards, Arto Lindsay, T-Bone Burnett, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Cibo Matto, Sam Phillips, Elvis Costello, Tift Merritt, Allen Ginsberg, Foetus, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Susana Baca, The Black Keys, Vinicio Capossela, Alain Bashung, McCoy Tyner, Elton John, Madeleine Peyroux, Marianne Faithfull, Diana Krall, Mike Patton, Neko Case, Allen Toussaint

November 17 - Bill Kirchen & Redd Volkaert
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Bill Kirchen

Two heavyweight guitar slingers and singers find a common ground with their deep history in Honky Tonk and Rock’n’Roll and their command of the electric guitar. Bill Kirchen is a founding father of Commander Cody. Redd Volkaert spent many years as the lead guitarist for the mighty Merle Haggard, and has played and recorded with a who’s who of greats, from Dale Watson to Brad Paisley to Billy Gibbons.

About Bill Kirchen
Upon tallying how many decades he’s worked as a professional guitar slinger, Telecaster master Bill Kirchen quips, “Well, they don’t make 50 years like they used to.” They don’t often make careers like his, either.

From performing with his Who Knows Pickers jug band in Ann Arbor High School’s senior talent show (also on the program: the future Iggy Pop), to birthing the Americana genre with the original “hippie country band,” Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, this affable Austinite has been everywhere, man, flying alongside some of the planet’s coolest cats — including the Jesus of Cool, Nick Lowe, and Lowe’s old protégé, Elvis Costello.

Kirchen has toured the world with Lowe, who produced an album by Kirchen’s post-Airmen band, the Moonlighters, and Costello recruited Kirchen for high-profile gigs like the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival — and even named his festival band after Kirchen’s Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods album. Lowe appears on that 2006 album, and its 2010 follow-up, Word to the Wise, along with Costello, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks and other luminaries.

About Redd Volkaert
Volkaert is best known to country audiences as being the lead guitarist since 1997 for Merle Haggard’s band the Strangers. Prior to that in the ’90s, he had done sessions in Nashville for artists like Ray Price, Clinton Gregory, Dale Watson, and Lacy J. Dalton. In the late ’90s, Volkaert also began a career as a solo artist with Telewacker. In 2001, No Stranger to a Tele followed, with a satisfyingly diverse mix of country swing, hot instrumentals with steel guitar, and vocal numbers in the Bakersfield-honky-tonk tradition.

December 4 - Jon Cleary: 100 Years of New Orleans Piano
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
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Jon CLeary

GRAMMY winner JON CLEARY pays homage to New Orleans icons like Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Dr John, and more through a performance of the evolution of the Crescent City’s piano tradition. A virtuosic keyboardist, profoundly expressive vocalist and distinctive songwriter, Cleary has toured the world with the likes of Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt, and has led his own R&B/soul group the Absolute Monster Gentlemen for over two decades.

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