One big thing: Amos Lee
Where: The Heymann Performing Arts Center
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24
What’s the big deal? Fom West Philadelphia, born and raised, Amos Lee is a singer-songwriter known for his musical mix of folk and blues. It’s the type of soulful songs that fit right at home here in South Louisiana. Lee performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road. Singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith opens the show. Tickets can be purchased here. Next week’s concert is one of many along Lee’s latest tour in support of his seventh studio album, My New Moon. Lee’s mission on this latest album was to embrace other people’s stories and tell them in a way to help all the listeners and his fans heal. Fans were listening, too, as the album shot into the top 10 of the Billboard Albums Chart in its first week, and the No. 1 spot on the Rock and Americana/Folk charts.
Fun fact: Amos Lee has been compared to Bill Withers, John Prine, Norah Jones and Minnie Repperton. Lee has toured with Jones, as well as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Adele. That’s some serious cred.
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FRIDAY: Parking spaces are gonna be full of fun on Friday as spots will transform into vibrant public spaces during the second PARK(ing) Day. Recover Acadiana hosts the event, which will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lafayette. I got $10 that says one space gives out boudin. If I lose this bet, shame on you, parking spaces. Get more information here.
FRIDAY: You know who rules? Keith Frank. The zydeco performer will play all the hits during Friday’s Downtown Alive! free concert at Parc International in Downtown Lafayette. Festivities start at 5 p.m. as the event hosts “Lafayette’s Happiest Hour.” Music starts at 6 p.m. This week’s food comes from Fezzo’s Seafood and Landry Brothers Catering. DTA! Kids also starts at 6 p.m. with free educational activities from the Lafayette Science Museum. Get more information here.
SATURDAY: Play some cards for a good cause during Cite des Arts’ Casino Night Fundraiser. Deal yourself in from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the venue at 109 Vine St. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here. Ages 21 and up. Proceeds fund Cite des Arts’ programming and operations throughout the year.
TUESDAY: Folk musicians from Tennessee will partner with Louisiana talents during the Project LoLa experiment at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St. LoLa stands for “Low Latency AV Streaming System,” and this is a high-quality audio and video system that functions in real time, without lag. During the experiment, musicians will teach other a song, they play music together, perfectly in tune (or without lag), while hundreds of miles apart. Free and open to the public. Get more information here.