Arts Beat: 9/5 – 9/11

Grizzly Bear @ Acadiana Center for the Arts

When? Tuesday, Sept. 11 

What’s the big deal? The indie band that every other indie band has wanted to sound like for the past decade is making its way to one of the most formidable lands of indie bands. Grizzly Bear will perform on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Downtown Lafayette. A couple of art school grads from Brooklyn, N.Y., Grizzly Bear (or “the bear” as the cool kids call the group) mixes Beach Boys-esque harmonies and instrumentation with Radiohead’s latter-day spacey vibes. In 2009, the psychedelic pop-rock band caught critical and commercial success with its excellent third album, Veckatimest, which features the singles “Two Weeks,” “Cheerleader” and “While You Wait for the Others,” which was covered, karaoke-style, by the velvet voice of Michael McDonald.

After a quick break around 2013, the band returned last year with its fifth studio album, Painted Ruins. Like most of the bear’s other records, Painted Ruins is really, really good — so good that if you’re a musician, you’ll sigh for a month after listening to it then quit playing music because the bear already covered everything.


Also Coming Up

FRIDAY: Lafayette pop-rock band Grand Nathaniel & The Ghosts celebrates the release of its new single, “We Spoke,” with a concert featuring the Grammy-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers. Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10 p.m. The Jefferson Street Pub, 500 Jefferson St. $10 tickets in advance available here.

FRIDAY: Three comedians battle for the title of know-it-all during The Rip-Off Show. Geoffrey Gauchet hosts the game show-style event. 8 p.m. The Wurst Biergarten, 537 Jefferson St. $5. Get more information here.

A work by artist Shawne Major on display at Aca for Shelf Life.

ON DISPLAY NOW: Lafayette artists explore the consumption of consumerism in the new exhibit Shelf Life currently on display at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The exhibit features works from Gwendolyn Aucoin, Keith Dorwick, Lynda Frese, Shawne Major, James Van Way and many others. Get more information here.

TUESDAY: Crush some cold ones and spend quality time with the bros while witnessing WWE SmackDown Live. The wrestling show is scheduled to feature WWE champ AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy and tag team champs The New Day. 6:45 p.m. Cajundome, 400 Cajundome Blvd. Tickets are $15-$200 available here.

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