One of Lafayette’s most beloved and respected artists will perform a rare solo show this Wednesday evening. Richard “Dickie” Landry was born in 1938 in Cecilia, Louisiana and started his musical career as a teenager, playing R&B in clubs around the area. The acclaimed saxophonist then spent the 1970s hanging around the New York City conceptual art scene while performing and helping form the Phillip Glass Ensemble. In 1977 he released the experimental Fifteen Saxophones, an album of solo woodwind compositions with the use of tape-delay.
After splitting with Glass, he found himself recording and collaborating with other prominent New York artists like Laurie Anderson and Talking Heads. He even turned Paul Simon onto Zydeco and played sax on the singer/songwriter’s massively successful comeback album Graceland. Landry eventually returned home to Acadiana and got back to his roots. In the 90s, the Louisiana Music Hall of Famer could be found sitting in with almost everyone, from young punk groups to elder bluesmen. Now 80 years young, Landry hasn’t slowed down a bit. Dickie was recently performing music he composed for Robert Wilson’s Oedipus Rex in Italy and cut tracks with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart.
Dickie Landry will be performing a free solo concert this Wednesday evening at the Hilliard University Art Museum on the campus of the University of Louisiana. The saxophonist will be the focus of this week’s playlist. You’ll hear Dickie with Paul Simon on “That Was Your Mother,” “Parlez Nous à Boire,” with Chris Stafford and Tiffany Lamson, and tracks from Philip Glass. I’ll also feature songs from his solo album as well as a couple of cuts from his time with Lil Band O Gold.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Monday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Blue Monday Blues Revue
Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Dickie Landry: Solo
Hilliard University Art Museum
Thursday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Ann Savoy and Her Sleepless Knights
Saint Street Inn
Friday, February 15 at 10:00 p.m.
The Amazing Nuns and Rad Wagon
Saturday, February 16 at 9:00 p.m.
Black Magic Flower Power, Sick Ride, and High Horse
Freetown Boom Boom Room