A common phrase used by French speakers in the area meaning "low class," Bas Clas was a perfect title for the gritty, proto-punk sound created by brothers Donnie and Steve Picou. Originally formed in 1976, the group spent the latter part of that decade and 1980s on the road and recording self-funded singles. Relentless touring and college radio airplay gained the band a loyal following in the underground music scene, but after 15 years together, the group called it a day in 1991.

Ironically, Bas Clas reformed in 2002 for a fundraiser benefiting the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music. Since their reunion, the group has performed at several local festivals and released three albums of original material. Though the band has been active in the past 16 years, they aren't able to perform very often. You'll get a chance to catch the legendary Lafayette rockers this Saturday night at Artmosphere with The Viatones.

I started this week's playlist with "Chasing a Mad Dog," the first single put out by Bas Clas back in 1977. Also included are some recent recordings by the Picou Brothers as well as a couple from the Viatones' last album. Finishing off the mix-tape are tracks by other local artists performing in Lafayette this week. You'll hear songs from Marc Broussard, Cedric Watson, and Michael Doucet.

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Live music in Lafayette this week

Wednesday, December 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Low Maintenance Cajun Band
Randol's Cajun Restaurant

Thursday, December 27 at 9:00 p.m.
Alex Touchet
Cowboys Niteclub

Friday, December 28 at 9:30 p.m.
Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole
Blue Moon Saloon

Friday, December 28 at 10:00 p.m.
Lachez-Prise avec Michael Doucet

Saturday, December 29 at 9:30 p.m.
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble
Blue Moon Saloon

Saturday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m.
Marc Broussard plus Jonathon Boogie Long
Rock n' Bowl

Sunday, December 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Tab Benoit
Rock n' Bowl