AllStars Performance Series

In the AllStars series, AcA presents well-known artists, rising-stars, and newcomers to the area in a multitude of genres, from Rock, Indie, Alt, and Folk to R&B, Blues, and Soul—from Bluegrass and Country to World, African, Caribbean, and Jazz. These artists represent diverse voices and backgrounds. You may not know the artist, but AcA guarantees you the ‘night of your life.’

2022/2023 Schedule of Performers

November 17
Bill Kirchen & Redd Volkaert
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Bill Kirchen & Redd Volkaert

Two heavyweight guitar slingers and singers find a common ground with their deep history in Honky Tonk and Rock’n’Roll and their command of the electric guitar. Bill Kirchen is a founding father of Commander Cody. Redd Volkaert spent many years as the lead guitarist for the mighty Merle Haggard, and has played and recorded with a who’s who of greats, from Dale Watson to Brad Paisley to Billy Gibbons.

December 8
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, and a living legend in the Latin Jazz world, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.

February 2
AHI
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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AHI

If you take just one thing from AHI’s music, let it be this: you are not alone. “No matter how low, no matter how defeated you may feel, you’re never really on your own in this world,” he explains. “We’re all connected to each other, and when you find your calling and your purpose and you tap into those connections, beautiful things start to happen.” Prospect, AHI’s extraordinary new album, is proof of that.

March 9
Iris DeMent
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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Iris DeMent

It was by pure chance that Iris DeMent opened the book of Russian poetry sitting on her piano bench to Anna Akhmatova’s “Like A White Stone.” She’d never heard of the poet before and didn’t even consider herself much of a poetry buff, but a friend had lent her the anthology and it only seemed polite that she skim it enough to have something interesting to say when she returned it. As she read, though, a curious sensation swept over her.

June 8
La Luz
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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La Luz

On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz launches themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy with a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl.

June 22
John Jorgenson Quintet
James Devin Moncus Theatre
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John Jorgenson Quintet

John Jorgenson Quintet creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and casual music fan. The ensemble was originally formed in 2004 for the release of “Franco-American Swing”. The group’s style has been called “Roma Jazz” after the dynamic string-driven swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris, but Jorgenson’s compositions draw in elements from Latin, Romanian, Classical, Rock, and Greek music, so “21st Century World Music” is perhaps a more apt description.

Lafayette's Unique Seasons

Immerse yourself in the untouched purity of a cypress and tupelo swamp. Sway your hips to the upbeat tempo of accordions and washboards, or let the... Read More

GRAMMYs in Acadiana: Music Goldmine

GRAMMY award-winning and nominated musicians from Acadiana Music has been the soul of Acadiana since the area's humble beginnings, with a melting... Read More

Cajun & Creole Instruments: Triangle

The triangle is a simple, percussive, rhythm instrument central to Cajun music. Consisting of two Read More

Cajun & Creole Instruments: Frottoir

The frottoir — sometimes spelled froittoir — is a percussive, rhythmic instrument omnipresent in Read More

Getting to Lafayette

The city of Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish at the intersection of I-10 and I-49 between New Orleans and Houston and only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The eight parishes that comprise the area are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion. Acadiana is made up of 22 South Louisiana parishes that extend from south of Alexandria in the center of the state, to Lake Charles on the west, south of New Orleans on the east, and to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.

Plan Your Escape

Lafayette, LA is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.

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