John Bel Edwards announced last week that all bars in Louisiana must again shut their doors. The recent spike in COVID-19 infections around the state put pressure on the governor and his administration to put in place new restrictions for public gatherings. The state has also made masks mandatory in public establishments for the time being.

Many of us thought that our local live music industry was back in full swing, but with new regulations, most shows scheduled this month are canceled. A few performances will still take place this week.

Several Lafayette restaurants will be offering live music outdoors. The Hideaway on Lee will host Creole revivalist Cedric Watson on Friday night, and Pine Leaf Boy Jon Bertrand on Saturday. Acoustic pop duo Sarah Russo and Karl Songne will perform together at Olde Tyme Grocery on Friday evening.

I’ll be featuring the musicians mentioned above for this edition of Lafayette Weekly. You’ll hear a couple of live cuts from Watson’s GRAMMY-nominated Creole Moon album as well as some tracks featuring both he and Bertrand on the Pine Leaf Boys debut record. I also included Sarah Russo’s recent single “Call Me a Doctor,” some Cajun flat-picking from Beausoleil guitarist David Doucet, and Buck Owens’ relevant classic, “Close Up the Honky Tonks.”

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Live stream concerts and live music in Lafayette this week

Friday, July 17 at 5:00 pm
David Doucet

Friday, July 17 at 6:00 pm
Karl and Sarah
Olde Tyme Grocery

Friday, July 17 at 8:00 pm
Cedric Watson
The Hideaway on Lee

Saturday, July 18 at 8:00 pm
Jon Bertrand
The Hideaway on Lee