Dance the night away to the sounds of some of Acadiana’s best talent, and help to send them off to the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the same time! Join us for “Gateway to the Grammys,” a fundraising event that serves to offset the expenses associated with sending local Grammy nominees to Los Angeles for “Music’s Biggest Night.” The evening will include performances by the three Acadiana groups nominated in this year’s “Best Regional Roots Album” category: Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard, Josh Caffery andJoel Savoy and Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars (OFFICIAL), as well as other special guests. The evening will be emceed by KRVS Public Media‘s “Zydeco Stomp” host, Herman Fuselier, and broadcasted live by the radio station.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cost is $15 per person.
There will also be 6 VIP tables (4 people per table) available at a cost of $250 each, which includes admission to the dance, bottle service (your choice of bottle and mixers) and an appetizer tray of Beef Wellington, spinach filo bites, and various cheeses and crackers.
Please note: other than the three VIP tables, limited seating is first come, first served. The majority of our space is standing room.
ABOUT THE BANDS:
BARRY ANCELET & SAM BROUSSARD
Lifelong friends, multi-instrumentalist Sam Broussard and singer/poet Barry Jean Ancelet, known under his nom de plume as Jean Arceneaux, collaborated to create their Grammy nominated album, “Broken Promised Land.” Acclaimed by OffBeat Magazine as,”a brilliant showcase of Ancelet’s thought-provoking poetry and Broussard’s genius arrangements,” the album brings Arceneaux’s “Suite du loup” to life, but also weaves in tales of Creole storyteller Ben Guiné, the apocryphal story of legendary musician Amédé Ardoin’s tragic demise, the artists’ political activism in the 1960’s, inverse reflections on loving relationships, and twists on fairly tales with no happy endings. Nominated for a 2017 Grammy award for “Best Regional Roots Music” album, “Broken Promised Land” was recorded in Broussard’s home studio and released on August 12th, 2016 by Swallow Records
JOSHUA CAFFERY & JOEL SAVOY
Producers Dr. Joshua Caffery and 10-time Grammy Award nominee Joel Savoy have collaborated to create “I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in Evangeline Country,” a one-of-a-kind collection of recordings featuring Louisiana artists performing fresh takes on a unique series of folk songs—both French and English—archived in Louisiana in the 1930s by the late Alan and John Lomax. The collection is based on Caffery’s book, “Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana,” and features 24 tracks by an incredible group of artists, including Michael Doucet, Marc Broussard, Wayne Toups, Zachary Richard, Tiffany Lamson, Steve Riley, Ann Savoy, Dirk Powell, Roddie Romero, Cedric Watson, David Greely, Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones-Savoy, Wilson Savoy, Anna Laura Edmiston, Kristi Guillory, Joshua Caffery, Claire Caffery, Barry Ancelet, Carl Brazell, Megan Brown and Aurora Nealand.
RODDIE ROMERO & THE HUB CITY ALL-STARS
Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars are a renowned Louisiana band who have been performing worldwide at the most prestigious festivals and venues for over 20 years. They are celebrated not only for their authenticity when performing or recording traditional Cajun and Creole music indigenous to South Louisiana, but also for their original songwriting which stays true to Louisiana inspirations. They are notorious “Louisiana-Roots-Rockers” who put on an energetic show which is bound to make everyone get up and dance! Behind Roddie’s fiery vocals, pumping accordion and slide guitar mastery lies the Louisiana roots sound of Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars. You will not only experience great, original music at a Hub City All Stars’ concert, but you’ll witness one of the tightest bands from the swamps of Louisiana put on an energetic and soulful show. American music is Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars — born out of the Delta dirt — rising high off the levee of traditionalism and into the future of Louisiana Music. They are nominated in the 2017 Grammy Awards for “Gulfstreams,” and previously have been nominated for the double record “The La Louisianne Sessions.”