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.
The Louisiana Crossroads series has featured Louisiana's most compelling artists for 20 years over the course of 136 individual performances.
The next performance in the Louisiana Crossroads series, titled “HOMECOMING,” takes place on Friday, June 4 at 7:30 pm, and will celebrate the anniversary with a large cast of guest artists. Tickets
are live now on AcA’s website and by phone and in-person at the AcA (337-233-7060, 101 W. Vermilion St.)
AcA introduces Roddie Romero as the new host and curator of the Louisiana Crossroads series. Romero is a Grammy-nominated musician, producer, and songwriter from Lafayette, and he has led The Hub City All Stars for 30 years. Romero has collaborated with hundreds of artists from across Louisiana over the course of his career, and he brings that experience and authentic sense of
identity to his new role curating the Louisiana Crossroads series.
In his new role, Roddie will select the artists for future performances and interview them live during each performance. Romero succeeds previous hosts of the Louisiana Crossroads series, including
Todd Mouton, Dirk Powell, and Joel Savoy. “HOMECOMING” on June 4 includes a lineup of nine special guest artists, including Yvette Landry, Beau Thomas, Richard Comeaux, Kelli Jones, Corey Ledet, Julie Williams, Lance Dubroc, Michael Juan Nunez, and Smoov Ras.
AcA also introduces an all-new Louisiana Crossroads House Band, a team of professional musicians, who will support and collaborate with guest artists as part of the series. New to the house band are Chad Viator, Chris French, Chris Stafford, and Jim Kolaczek. This band will grow and develop as a new part of the traditions of the Louisiana Crossroads series.
From its inception in 2001, the music series has presented 136 shows, including stars like Henry Butler (season 1), The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Season 10), Allen Toussaint (Season 13), Rhiannon Giddens (Season 15), and many more.