After the closing of two longtime college nightlife staples, the Loose Caboose and the Keg, the Strip has been quiet in recent years. Open just over a year now, The Freetown Boom Boom Room has brought new life, as well as live music back to the McKinley Street Strip. On Tuesday night, the Boom Boom Room will host their second installment in the new Freetown Unplugged series.
This new event is aiming to showcase local artists in a more intimate setting, performing mainly in stripped down, acoustic performances. Acadiana's current reigning King of Country, Dustin Sonnier, will be billed alongside first call guitar slinger, Lane Mack. The event will also provide free tacos, and host local artists, Olivia Perillo and Megg Sorensen. Perillo's Indigo Light photography and prints focus on southwest landscapes with her signature double exposure technique. Sorensen's Sparrow Papercuts brings traditional Polish Wycinanki to South Louisiana with pieces portraying local scenes like the Courir de Mardi Gras.
In this week's playlist, I added Mack's latest single, "It Must've Been Rain," which went viral online and has made a splash on local radio. The song, featuring singer/pianist, Julie Williams, is more country than the guitarist's usual blues-rock sound. Also in the mix is the latest from Dustin Sonnier. Along with these two artists, I made room for some of this week's live music picks listed below.
Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Freetown Unplugged feat. Lane Mack and Dustin Sonnier
Freetown Boom Boom Room
Thursday, September 6 at 9:00 p.m.
The Grouse Room
Friday, September 7 at 9:30 p.m.
Grand Nathaniel and the Ghost single release with Lost Bayou Ramblers
Jefferson Street Pub
Friday, September 7 at 10:00 p.m.
Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters
Saturday, September 8 at 9:30 p.m.
Les Malfecteurs and Quartre Coin Throwdown
Blue Moon Saloon
Sunday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Stop the Clock Cowboy Jazz
Feed n' Seed