For close to 20 years the Louisiana Crossroads Series has given our local artists an opportunity to entertain their core audience in a conceptual setting. Opposed to the dives and dancehalls where these musicians are often heard, the Acadiana Center for the Arts theater provides a much more engaging concert experience for both the performers and attendees.

This weekend’s Two-Night Showcase of Non-Traditional Music in South Louisiana is a bit out of the norm for an LA Crossroads show. As the title suggests, don’t expect any accordions or fiddles for either of these nights. Current curator and famed Cajun musician/producer Joel Savoy has brought some fresh ideas to the popular performance series and this weekend couldn’t be a better example.  

Friday night’s performance will include two of the most celebrated musicians to come out of New Orleans in recent years as well as a Lafayette legend. Renowned singer/cellist Helen Gillet, and the ever-sweet yet intense indie darling Julie Odell will share the stage with experimental saxophone giant Dickie Landry. Saturday night will have a similar format with up and coming NOLA glam rockers Tashe and the Psychedelic Roses followed by Hub City native guitar wizard Sarah Lipstate aka Noveller. The two-night showcase will end with a big finale with Brass Bed and their MAAM Records collective including Allison Bohl’s Kind Cousin and garage rockers Carbon Poppies

This week’s playlist might be my favorite yet. I started things off with some catchy rock n’ roll from Tasche & The Psychedelic Roses and Carbon Poppies before showcasing a track from each of Brass Bed’s extensive discography that ends with their spacey interpretation of a Cajun waltz from 2011’s Color Sessions. “La berceuse du vieux voyageur” leads into a couple of French songs by Helen Gillet then flows into a beautiful set of lush ambient soundscapes from Noveller and Dickie Landry. 

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Live music in Lafayette this week

Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm
Babineaux Sisters plus Seth Spell and Cajun Strong 
Randol’s Restaurant and Dancehall 

Thursday, April 11 at 9:00 pm
Fête de Void Pre-Party feat. Orange Lazarus and Sailor Poon
Freetown Boom Boom Room

Friday, April 12 at 9:30 pm
Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) plus Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole
Blue Moon Saloon

Friday, April 12 - Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 pm
Two-Night Showcase of Non-Traditional Music in South Louisiana
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 pm
Derrick Savoie Single Release Show with Steven Dunn and Jacob McCoy

Sunday, April 14 at 7:00 pm
Cameron Fontenot, Wilson Savoyand Courtney Granger