AllStars Performance Series

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.

2020/2021 Schedule of Performer

October 8
The Lone Bellow
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 2013. The Brooklyn-based band quickly became known for their transcendent harmonies, serious musicianship and raucous live performance — a reputation that earned them their rabid fan base.

November 17
Cedric Burnside
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Cedric Burnside

The 39-year-old lives on several acres not far from the Holly Springs, Mississippi, home where he was raised by his grandfather “Big Daddy,” the late singer/songwriter/guitarist R.L. Burnside, whom Cedric famously played accompanied, just as his own father drummer Calvin Jackson did.  Cedric was literally born to the blues—more specifically, the “rhythmically unorthodox” Hill country variant which emerged from Mississippi, where he grew up surrounded (and influenced) by Junior Kimbrough, Jessie May Hemphill and Otha Turner, as well as delta musicians T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones.

December 2
Milk Carton Kids
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids are a three-time, Grammy Award-nominated neo-traditional folk duo from Los Angeles, California. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed the group in early 2011, shelving their solo careers in favor of a collaborative project that focused on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars, and rootsy songwriting.

January 14
Del McCoury Band
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Del McCourey Band

Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages, and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link. Almost unimaginably, McCoury’s sixth decade in a half-century of bluegrass bliss brings new triumphs, new collaborations, and new music. With but a single change in membership in twenty-seven years The Del McCoury Band shows unprecedented stability as well as garnering the respect and admiration of the industry for its unmistakable work: nine IBMA Entertainer of the Year trophies; in 2003, Del’s awarded membership in the cast of the legendary Grand Ole Opry; the band’s first Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award, in ’05, followed by a second Grammy win in 2014, (not to mention double-digit nominations).

February 1
Billy Childs Quartet
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, earning him the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copeland. A native of Los Angeles, Childs grew up immersed in jazz, classical, and popular music influences. Childs has written and produced I’ve Known Rivers (1995) on Stretch/GRP, The Child Within (1996) on Shanachie, and two volumes of “jazz/chamber music” (an amalgam of jazz and classical music) – Lyric, Vol. 1 (2006) and Autumn: In Moving Pictures, Vol. 2 (2010); the recordings earned him two GRAMMY awards and five nominations. 

March 3
Ranky Tanky
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Ranky Tanky

This Grammy Award winning, Charleston, SC-based quintet, performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands. Their debut album was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the TODAY show. It also soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes Jazz Charts. Playful game songs, ecstatic shouts, and heartbreaking spirituals can all be found on their latest release Good Time, which also offers the groups first original songs inspired by Gullah tradition.

April 14
An Evening With DeVotchKa
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Devotchka

DeVotchKa is a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble. They take their name from the Russian word devochka (девочка), meaning “girl”. Based in Denver, Colorado, the quartet is made up of Nick Urata, who sings and plays theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano, and trumpet; Tom Hagerman, who plays violin, accordion, and piano; Jeanie Schroder, who sings and plays sousaphone, double bass, and flute; and Shawn King, who plays percussion and trumpet. 

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