Downtown Alive! is proud to announce another amazing line up for the Fall 2009 Series.

Downtown Alive Fall 2009 FlyerLafayette, La.— A community tradition for 26 years and a popular staple in Acadiana’s cultural and social calendar, the Downtown Alive! (DTA!) 2009 season kicks off Sept. 11. The Fall 2009 series promises to once again, bring great entertainment in the form of free, family-friendly, outdoor concerts to downtown Lafayette.

DTA! is a free event sponsored by Cox, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, Lafayette Coca Cola, The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, and Slap Ya Mama Cajun Products. The Fall 2009 Series features Grammy nominated artists and performances by renown and up and coming musicians from a variety of genres ranging from Cajun, Swamp Pop, Blues, Southern Rock and more.

Fall 2009 Season Schedule:

September 11: T.K. Hulin, Steve Adams & Smoke w/Special Guest Charlene Howard (Swamp Pop - Parc International)

September 18: The Charmaine Neville Band (N.O. Jazz and Funk - Parc Sans Souci)

September 25: David Egan & 20 Years of Trouble (Contemporary/Roots/Blues - Parc Sans Souci)

October 2: Henry Gray and the Cats (N.O. Blues - Parc International)

October 9: Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Kickoff, Parc Sans Souci, 11:30 a.m.: Bach Lunch @ Parc International, 5:30 p.m.: Feufollet & Special Guests, 7:00 p.m.: A Cajun Country Homecoming featuring Doug Kershaw, Jo-El Sonnier, Jimmy C. Newman.

October 16: Sonny Landreth (Blues/Slide Guitar - Parc International)

October 23: 5th Avenue (80’s covers & variety – Parc Sans Souci – UL Homecoming Event)

October 30: Black Bayou Construkt (Southern Rock - Parc Sans Souci)

November 6: Cowboy Mouth (Rock - Parc International)

November 13: Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band (Zydeco - Parc International)

November 20: Nik-L Beer (Classic covers & variety - Parc International)

November 25: Filé (Cajun - Parc Sans Souci) Lighting of the Official City Christmas Tree * Toys for Tots

DTA! begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverage concessions – musical performances from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Concession sales help keep DTA! free, so please leave your ice chests at home with your pets. For more information, visit www.downtownlafayette.org.

Downtown Alive! is produced by Downtown Lafayette Unlimited in cooperation with the Downtown Development Authority and Lafayette Consolidated Government.

About the Artists:

T.K. Hulin, Steve Adams & Smoke w/special guest Charlene Howard September 11– Parc International
T. K. Hulin has become a Louisiana legend and major figure in the music industry with a singing career that spans almost 50 years, beginning in the 1960s with a regional hit, “Many Nights” and later his signature song, “Graduation Night”. www.tkhulin.com

Charlene Howard, brings a dynamic sound to the microphone. Her unique style defies categorization, but instead is a blend of pop, R&B, Soul, Jazz, and Country. It is packed with the influences of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Patsy Cline and more recent artists as Wynonna Judd, Bonnie Raitt, and Jo Dee Messina. Add a splash of bayou water from Charlene’s Cajun roots and you have an exciting evening of memorable melodies and expressive soul. She was voted Best Female Vocalists in R&B, Blues, Soul & Country Music by The Times Of Acadiana, www.charlenehoward.com.

The Charmaine Neville Band September 18—Parc Sans Souci
Born into the third generation of the New Orleans legendary musical family, Charmaine has nonetheless worked hard to get where she is and make her music known as her own. She began her career backing up the Neville Brothers and went on to perform with the Survivors, a band whose alumni list includes Harry Connick Jr. and Bobby McFerrin. It was during that time she first started working with saxophonist Reggie Houston. The band, certainly one of the best to come out of New Orleans, is co-led by piano virtuoso Amasa Miller and Fats Domino graduate Reggie Houston on sax. They've played festivals and clubs in Rome, Paris, Copenhagen, Germany, Japan, and Barbados. www.charmainenevilleband.com

David Egan & 20 Years of Trouble September 25—Parc Sans Souci
Egan, born and raised in Shreveport, La., has crafted a reputation as one of the country’s most respected contemporary blues songwriters. The 20 Years of Trouble band builds its raucous sound around Egan originals and piano-pounding, Louisiana soul classics. His songs have been recorded with the likes of Irma Thomas, Etta James, Marsha Ball, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, John Mayall, Mavis Staples, Joe Cocker, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Johnny Adams, as well as being included in feature films. David has toured extensively with the regional, now legendary, party band A-Train, the great Jo-El Sonnier, and the local Cajun group File. David is also a member of the swamp pop super-group Lil’ Band of Gold.

Henry Gray and the Cats October 2—Parc Sans Souci
This legendary blues pianist and singer has been playing for more than seven decades with a multitude of iconic artists including Robert Lockwood, Jr., the Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Rogers, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Koko Taylor among many others. He has more than 60 recording projects to his credit including recordings for the legendary Chess Records label and is credited as helping to create the distinctive sound of the Chicago blues piano. For his great accomplishments in music, he has received four W. C. Handy nominations, been awarded the National Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment of the Arts and received a Grammy nomination for his work on TelArc  Records’ 1998 release “A Tribute to Howlin’ Wolf”. Some of his most recognizable recordings are Live in Paris and Watch Yourself. Henry Gray also has a new CD out, Times Are Gettin’ Hard. www.henrygray.com

Downtown Alive, Lafayette, LAFestivals Acadiens et Créoles October 9—Parc International; 5:30 p.m. Feufollet; 7 p.m. Doug Kershaw, Jo-El Sonnier, Jimmy C. Newman
Feufollet is a young group of musicians leading the way in creating innovative Cajun music. Feufollet has been admired for their musicianship and is comprised of critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated musicians, who continuously push the envelope with their inventive Cajun, roots and rock sounds. www.feufollet.net

Doug Kershaw brings his highly energetic performance quality to the stage as he simultaneously plays the fiddle, sings and dances for audiences, who note him as “The Ragin Cajun”. Kershaw has several hits on the country music charts including “Hello Woman” and “Cajun Baby” and is known for his track that has been covered by more than 800 artists, “Louisiana Man”.

Jo-El Sonnier, known as the “King of Cajun”, began playing the accordion at age 3 in his hometown of Rayne, La. His passion for music, his instrument and his Cajun roots has afforded him to occupy a significant place in the rich, artistic landscape of this country. Sonnier has charted several singles on the Billboard country charts in the late 1970s. By the late 1980s, he broke through with the Top Ten hits “No More One More Time” and “Tear Stained Letter”. Sonnier has seen three Grammy nominations including the nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2001 for his album Cajun Blood. www.jo-elsonnier.com

Jimmy C. Newman, originally from High Point, La., is a long time star of the Grand Ole Opry and has recorded several albums reaching Top 10 status. One of his biggest hits was “A Fallen Star”, which was on the Top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. As an established artist, he started incorporating his Cajun heritage into his music. He received a Grammy nomination for his album, Alligator Man and was inducted into the North American Country Music Association’s International Hall of Fame and the Cajun Hall of Fame.

Sonny Landreth October 16—Parc International
Known for his six string prowess and slide guitar playing, Sonny Landreth’s soulful musicianship has led him to perform with some of the most noted musicians in the country including Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffet and Dr. John. Landreth was awarded the Blues Foundation’s Instrumentalist of the Year for 2009 and is known by fans across the country for his masterful playing. www.sonnylandreth.com

5th Avenue October 23—Parc Sans Souci
Since 1983, 5th Avenue has been one of Acadiana’s party bands that gets audiences dancing all night long. With more than 100 years of experience combined, the band plays all of the favorites from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and even golden oldies such as Otis Redding, Van Morrison, Percy Sledge and more. www.the5thavenueband.com

Black Bayou Construkt October 30—Parc Sans Souci
Comprised of some of Louisiana’s greatest modern talents, Black Bayou Construkt is lead by the world-class visionary songwriting of writer/musician Dege Legg and backed by the instrumental magic of Joe Gary (Wayne Toups, Spank the Monkey), Chad Viator (Roddie Romero Band, Arbor Vitae), Chad Willis (Michael Juan Nunez Band), Sean Keating (Deadboy & the Elephantmen), and Esther Tyree (The Wild Flowers). Black Bayou Construkt draws inspiration from the traditionally organic sounds the past and blends it with the aesthetic nuances of the modern area. With songs that range from ethereal, piano-driven ballads to dual-slide guitar barn burners, Black Bayou Construkt traffic in a surreal world where their live jam explorations can lead from the Mississippi Delta to Arabian deserts at sunset. www.myspace.com/blackbayouconstruktion  

Cowboy Mouth November 6—Parc International
New Orleans based rock band, Cowboy Mouth, has become a powerhouse live act whose high energy performances have been seen and heard by millions of fans worldwide for nearly 20 years. Their more popular songs include “Jenny Says”, “Love of My Life” and “Everybody Loves Jill”. Through the years, their music has been on the soundtrack for many films, such as Meet the Robinsons and The Underneath. www.cowboymouth.com

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band November 13—Parc International
Now celebrating his 20th Anniversary, Chubby Carrier’s skill and passion for the accordion are expressed in his traditional Zydeco sounds. Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band are known to heat up a party and get people on their feet. Prepare to be funkified and zydecofied. www.chubbycarrier.com

Nik-L Beer November 20—Parc International
For more than 30 years, Nik-L Beer has been delighting audiences across Louisiana. Drawing on diverse musical experiences, this 8 piece band will belt out Golden Oldies, Hard-Driving Zydeco, Blue-Eyed Soul, Motown, Country, 80's Funk, Swamp Pop, Two-Stepping Cajun, A Cappella and Mardi Gras music. www.niklbeer.com

Filé November 25—Parc Sans Souci— Lighting of the Official City Christmas Tree * Toys for Tots
A Downtown Alive! favorite, Filé once again will close out the Fall series with the reunion of band members David Egan, piano and vocals; Ward Lormand; accordion and vocals; D’Jalma Garnier, fiddle, guitar and vocals; Kevin Shearin, bass and vocals; and Danny Kimball, drums.

 


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