Whom to see post-parade
The smell of king cakes, the obnoxious barricades and the multicolored port-o-potties mean one thing: Mardi Gras is upon us! Although parades and floats are fun, everyone knows the most fun is the after party. I’ve outlined some of the best live-music events to dance to when you’re 20 pounds heavier with beads. And beer.
Feb. 26: Kick things off at the Blue Moon Saloon with its weekly Cajun Jam, except this jam will be extra special: the Acadiana Center for the Arts will be there to film attendees for its Dance-a-Thon promo video. The ACA will be on the lookout for skilled dancers (which you are) who can say some nice things about Lafayette arts/ACA/Cajun anything. Why not? They’re awesome.
Feb. 27: We do live in Cajun country, but not everything Southern-fried requires an accordion. Jefferson Street Pub will host local legends Dax Riggs, former frontman of sludge-metal act Acid Bath, and Brother Dege, who appeared on the Django Unchained soundtrack. Both rockers boast repertoires that date back to before your birthday, and they definitely know how to put on a show. Go and take notes.
Feb. 28: The four-time Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys will take the stage at the Blue Moon Saloon and Guesthouse on Friday. The landmark venue is conveniently located on the parade route and is sure to have travelers staying upstairs from the world over, so you can soak up your culture and get a little flavor of others. Also, whiskey. Tasty.
Feb. 28: If Cajun music is not your thing, cross the street. Eclectic, high-energy local favorites Vagabond Swing will commandeer Artmosphere Bistro for a one-of-a-kind performance. Fellow hard-to-describe band (but equally excellent) Selfawarewolf will join in the festivities for what is sure to be a rad-ass time.
Feb. 28: Under 21? Damn. Under 18? No worries. Bisbano’s Pizza Parlor will host Foxfire, The Other LA and Vanessa Ave., all younger acts for an all-ages show on the parade route. Fans of other Matt McElveen projects like Nights & Nights will be pleased to see the uber-talented University of Louisiana at Lafayette student frontmanning Vanessa Ave., and fans of Death Cab for Cutie and The Manchester Orchestra will appreciate Foxfire’s straightforward sound. The Other LA are also indie-friendly and have a rapidly growing fanbase. Plus, pizza!
There you have it. Feel free to mix and match your endeavors and get a bit of everything, if you can, because the best part about living in Lafayette is the variety of entertainment.