Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., we as a nation have had to take drastic measures to ensure the health and safety of our citizens. Since the coronavirus is so contagious, all public gatherings have been put on hold for now. This couldn't have happened a worse time in Acadiana. Our beloved Festival International had to hang it up this spring as well as the weekly concert series Downtown Alive.

Though many professions have been seriously hurt by the pandemic, musicians are one group that may have been hit the hardest. As mentioned above, spring is a very important time for players in Louisiana. Without a themed event or dance floor to play to, artists don't have much to fall back on. Though streaming concerts aren't entirely new, the approach to have fans buy tickets or tip a local group for a live virtual performance feels fresh.

The current King of Cajun, Wayne Toups, along with zydeco staples Chubby Carrier and C.J. Chenier will participate in the first-ever Boot Aid. The online concert will be a 3-day event. It will allow fans to donate to their favorite individual artist or even purchase VIP packages to benefit Lafayette area musicians. These offers include a full festival pass, t-shirts, and even a DVD copy of the event.

For this edition of Lafayette Weekly, I'll be featuring many of the artists participating in Boot Aid as well as Kelli Jones, Lane Mack, and Lil' Nathan, who will also be performing live via the web this week. You'll hear classic country from Dustin Sonnier, barroom creole jams from Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys, and several tracks from Wayne Toups' extensive discography. Also in the mix are songs from Kelli Jones (with Feufollet) and modern swamp popper Ryan Foret along with the newest single from local R&B pop singer Sarah Russo.

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Live stream concerts in Lafayette this week

Monday, March 23 at 8:00am & Friday, March 27 at 8:00am
Java Jam feat. Lane Mack

Monday, March 23 at 7:00pm
Kel's Quarantine Cocktail Concert Corner feat. Kelli Jones

Friday, March 27-29
Boot Aid feat. Wayne Toups, Chubby Carrier, Sarah Russo, Ryan Foret, Dustin Sonnier, Jo-El Sonnier, and more

Friday, March 27th at 10:00pm