A true force of nature in the Lafayette arts community has left the building. Hart Fortenbery, a one of a kind musician and personality, passed away last Tuesday night. Artists ranging from Cajun crooner Warren Storm to indie-pop quintet Givers have performed and collaborated with the late songwriter throughout his career. Fortenbery also starred in the short-lived television series Deep South Paranormal as the "godfather" to his ghost hunting troop. His beloved midcentury home on the Vermilion River (aka the Swamp Pop Palace) was host to many movie productions and countless late-night pool parties.
Of all the underground rock songs to come out of the Hub City so far this century, his "Calibrated Alligator" might be the most memorial. Several of his other compositions have been recorded by the likes of Chris Stafford and C.C. Adcock through the years though nothing has been officially released yet. The former TV star and NASA technician famously made cameos in the Lil Band o Gold's Promised Land documentary as well as music videos for artists like Feufollet and Quebecois folk hero Bernard Adamus.
Hart Fest takes place Sunday afternoon at Warehouse 535. This event will be the funeral we all know Fortenbery would've wanted. Artists set to appear include DJ Andre Broussard, Brother Dege and the Hartbreakers, a supergroup consisting of Billy and Lane Mack with members from Givers and the Viatones. Tributes from friends and family are also scheduled in between the music. This is the kind of party Hart would've loved to crash.
"Thank you for shopping."
This edition of the Lafayette Weekly playlist will feature mainly of the musicians mentioned above. You'll hear tunes from GIVERS, Warren Storm, and a few from the Lost Bayou Ramblers' new album Asteur. The mix continues with a couple of tracks from the soundtrack to the Lil Band o Gold's documentary and some Brother Dege. I also included "No Tomorrows Now," perhaps Fortenbery's favorite song, a country-soul number by his close family friend, swamp-pop legend Tommy Mclain.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm
Brian Fisher's Open Mic
Wednesday, September 25 at 9:00 pm
DJ Andre Broussard's Swamp Stomp
Friday, September 27 at 6:30 pm
Viatones present an All-Star Tribute to the Beatles
Downtown Alive at Parc International
Sup?, Maintenance, and Rad Wagon
Rêve Coffee Roasters
Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 pm
Lost Bayou Ramblers: On Va Continuer! A Cajun Rockumentary
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Sunday, September 29 at 2:00 pm