AllStars presents world-class touring musicians from all genres. We introduce Acadiana to acts from award-winning artists and rising stars, bringing them to the stages at the James Devin Moncus Theater and Heymann Performing Arts Center.
The iconic singer, songwriter, actor and producer returns to Lafayette with his large band for an evening of storytelling and music from his Grammy award-winning album. Best known for his work in country music, Lovett defies soloing, and his lifetime of work has incorporated folk, swing, blues, jazz and gospel music into his songs—all of it broadening the definition of American music. The four-time Grammy award winner has recorded 14 albums and has appeared in numerous roles on film and television.
Sam Bush is an American mandolinist who is considered the originator of progressive bluegrass music. Bush’s music career dates back to 1963. He was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Association (AMA), and has been awarded Grammys from his work with Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, and Tim Blake Nelson for “O Brother Where Art Thou” in 2001.
AcA will host the local premiere of Lost Bayou Rambler’s documentary, “On Va Continuer!” The Grammy Award-winning band pushes the boundaries of Cajun music to preserve French language and culture in Louisiana. The film is a look into the modern Cajun lifestyle and a realization that the “dying” language of Louisiana French may not be so dead after all. The band will perform following the film screening. Support for this show is provided by Southern Screens.
Seratones have been chasing those kinds of deep connections since 2016, when they first rocketed into the national spotlight with their breakout debut, ‘Get Gone.’ Rolling Stone called the album a “fitful collision of punk, soul and jazz echoing out of a shed strewn with whiskey bottles,” while Pitchfork praised the collection’s “soulful grease and punky grit.” The music earned the band dates on the road with artists as varied as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The Dandy Warhols, and Drive-By Truckers, along with festival slots from Hangout to Newport Folk
Street Corner Symphony is a contemporary a cappella group based out of Nashville, Tennessee. They are best known for participating in NBC’s all-vocal competition, The Sing-Off. Street Corner Symphony has made their mark on the music world, recording albums, providing clinics for schools, hosting benefits for cancer, performing across the country and around the world, and even working with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, and Take 6’s Claude McKnight. Their repertoire covers a wide range from rock and pop, to country and barbershop, appealing to the young and old alike.
Matthew Whitaker is an 18-year-old jazz pianist. Blind since birth, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Apollo Theater. At the age of 10, Whitaker opened for Stevie Wonder and began a mentorship that quickly elevated him to fame. Whitaker’s music style blends jazz, R&B, funk, and classical music which can be heard on his most recent album titled, ‘Outta the Box.’ In 2018 The Root added Matthew to the list of 1 of 25 Young Futurist Leaders and was named as 1 of 7 rising stars for 2018 by USA Today network’s 201 Magazine.
Judy Collins is an American singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records (folk music, show tunes, pop music, and rock-and-roll) and for her social activism. She won her first Grammy Award for Song of the Year with her rendition of Send In The Clowns. She also received four other nominations throughout her career. She first rose to stardom with her composition of Jonie Mitchell’s Both Sides, Now.
Aaron Diehl is considered a jazz virtuoso and composer. He is the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist, becoming the youngest artist to receive this honor, and composed Three Streams of Expression, dedicated to pianist and composer John Lewis. He is the 2013 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association Award for Up-And-Coming Artist and winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. Diehl has performed with artists like Warren Wolf, Lew Tabackin, Matt Wilson and Wycliffe Gordon.
SYBARITE5 is the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. From Elgar to Radiohead and Visconti to Akiho, SYBARITE5’s eclectic repertoire and commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. The quintet’s debut album Disturb the Silence, was released in 2011 and quickly reached the top ten on the Billboard charts. The group’s follow-up album, Everything in its Right Place, was released in 2012 at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. SYBARITE5 is also deeply committed to education and outreach as well as performance.
The sons of Gregg Allman (Devon Allman) and Dickey Betts (Duane Betts) have joined forces to form The Allman Betts Band. Their performance features new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. Brotherhood of Light, the “original San Francisco psychedelic show” is providing visuals and lighting for the evening. Brotherhood of Light has worked with The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and The Who among others.