A new season of Music & Market gets underway with the Dog Hill Stompers at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Opelousas Farmer’s Market Pavilion. The events, which continue every Friday through Oct. 28, features Louisiana music artists as well as fresh homegrown vegetables for purchase direct from local farmers.
Okra will be featured vegetable Sept. 16. Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods will give the first 100 attendees a shaker can of seasoning.
Other music acts throughout the series include Da Hurricanes, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Gregg Martinez, Hadley Castille and the Sharecropper Cajun Band with special guests Donnie and the Pooldoos, River Road and Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie.
Three Music & Market events will take place in downtown Opelousas around the historic Courthouse Square. Downtown events are scheduled for Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. All other concerts are held at Le Vieux Village/ Farmer’s Market Pavilion located in the Opelousas Tourist Center at 828 East Landry St., just off I- 49.
The Sept. 23 downtown event will serve as the venue for the announcement of the Wild About Downtown banner art winners. Wild About Downtown banners were installed in April for a five-month, public art exhibit which featured art by students and artist around Acadiana.
Music & Market happens from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, with music beginning at 6 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating.
Ice chests are not allowed as beverages sales cover the cost of bands and event expenses.
The complete fall Music & Market 2011 lineup features:
· Sept. 16 -- Dog Hill Stompers (zydeco); okra
· Sept. 23 -- Da Hurricanes (variety); hibiscus tea
· Sept. 30 -- Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band (zydeco); eggplant
· Oct. 7 -- Greg Martinez & the Delta Kings (swamp pop, R&B, blues); cabbage
· Oct. 14 -- Hadley Castille and the Sharecropper’s Cajun Band (Cajun) with special guests Donnie & the Pooldoos; cushaw squash
· Oct. 21 -- River Road (country); pumpkin
· Oct. 28 -- Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie (zydeco, Cajun); sweet potatoes
The fall series is made possible with the support of Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, CLECO, American Bank, St. Landry Homestead Bank, Centerpoint Energy, Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods, Quik Quarter, Delta Media Network, St. Landry Parish Government.
Farmers interested in vending opportunities should contact St. Landry Parish Country Ag Extension Office at (337) 948-0561 and (337) 826-5632.
Art and craft vendors interested in booth space should contact the Opelousas Office of Tourism at (337) 948-6263. To print a schedule of the fall 2011 line up, visit www.cityofopelousas.com