Louisiana Crossroads is a concert, discussion and broadcast series launched by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority in 2001. Louisiana Crossroads brings artists and audiences closer together through performances and conversations with the artists in between songs. The season runs from October through May with performances by Lafayette, LA and world musicians. Past performers include Sonny Landreth, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Los Lobos and many more.
Pairing two multiple GRAMMY award winning groups whose distinct and original sounds in Louisiana music has thrilled and fascinated audiences around the globe, Boogie from the Bayou is the perfect kickoff to this Louisiana Crossroads season. Fronted by legendary artists Michael Doucet and Terrance Simien, who have been friends for nearly 30 years, this concert embodies the beautiful spirit of our unique south Louisiana heritage.
Born in Abbeville, Louisiana, Bobby Charles was a songwriter and recording artist best known for penning tunes as “See You Later Alligator,” “I Don’t Why I Love You But I Do,” “Walking To New Orleans,” and “Before I Grow Too Old.” In his own words, “I get and inspiration for a song, it’s like it’s been living with me all of my life and it comes out…it’s more like a spirit or something.” Join us as Roddie Romero and an his all-star band celebrate the Bobby Charles songbook for one sensational night featuring performances by Warren Storm, Shannon McNally, CC Adcock, Kelli Jones, Sonny Landreth, Yvette Landry, and many more.
The accordion, a well-known instrument in South Louisiana, is an important part of many forms of traditional music throughout the world including Cajun & Creole, French Canadian, Jazz, Eastern European, Conjunto, and Polka. For this Louisiana Crossroads show, Cajun accordionist virtuoso Steve Riley presents a musical journey through many different accordion styles and cultures featuring some of today’s top accordionists in the world: Yves Lambert, Alex Meixner & Glenn Hartman, Geno Delafose and Josh Baca.
Dr. Tommy Comeaux was a musician, instrument collector, and inspiration for the Traditional Music Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This concert will coincide with the release of a new UL Press book based on his famed collection of vintage stringed instruments. Sonny Landreth and many more of Tommy’s friends and admirers come together around these rare and beautiful instruments, joined by the young students of folk and traditional music who have benefitted from his legacy for an evening of new and old music on a few of the finest instruments in the world.
Lost to the world in the tragic Grand Theater shooting in Lafayette in July 2015, Jillian Johnson’s creative work was invaluable to our community – she had a way of making everything she did beautiful, unique, and special. From her music to her art, her home, and neighborhood, and co-founding Parish Ink and Red Arrow Workshop, Jillian’s attention to detail and artistic ability were like no other. Her former bandmates from The Figs come together with friends including Steve Riley, members of the Red Stick Ramblers, Woody Pines, and her family to honor her in this special evening of music and art to remember what a gift she truly was to all of us.