One of the best rock concert tours to come to the Hub City is happening this weekend. With the tribute the ladies of Louisiana music at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles next week this event couldn’t have hit at a better time. These two staples of the MTV generation have been in heavy rotation on rock radio since their first records were released 40 some years ago. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart and Joan Jett play the Cajundown this Saturday night.
Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson formed Heart in their native Washington state in 1973. The two siblings and their band broke out into the mainstream with the singles “Crazy On You” and “Magic Man” from their debut album Dreamboat Annie. The hard rock group continued to have success throughout the 70s but reached an even larger pop audience in the mid-80s. The release of their ballads “What About Love” and “These Dreams” in 1985 catapulted Heart to the top of the charts and solidified them as one of the top artists of hair metal era. Heavy hits like “Barracuda” are still heard daily on classic rock stations around the world.
Joan Jett also got her start in the 1970s with the heavily influential all-girl pre-punk outfit the Runaways. In a time when the music business was at the height of misogyny, these teenage rockers made waves with their determination to prove that electric guitars and Marshall amps weren’t just for dudes. Jett didn’t skip a beat after the group’s breakup and ended up the most successful solo artist from to come out of the quintet. The 61-year-old musician continues to inspire young rockers today and massive chart-toppers “I Love Rock n’ Roll” and “Bad Reputation” are now timeless standards in the electric guitar songbook.
This edition of Lafayette Weekly is almost entirely devoted to these legendary rockers. You’ll hear the obvious hits from Joan Jett and Heart, as well as some lesser-known tracks like Jett’s catchy Lou Reed-Esq “Androgynous” and the Wilson sisters, take on two Led Zeppelin classics. Also included are tunes from recent Festival International favorite Doctor Navito, the latest Sean Bruce, and local rockers Sick Ride.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Friday, October 4 at 6:30 pm
Doctor Navito and Rio Luminoso
Downtown Alive at Parc International
Friday, October 4 at 9:00 pm
Sean Bruce and the Rayo Brothers
Friday, October 4 at 9:30 pm
Sick Ride, Ole English, and Drood
Blue Moon Saloon
Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 am
Latin Music Festival
Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 pm
Heart plus Joan Jett and the Blackhearts