Monday, September 19, 2011

Da Hurricanes blow into town for Music & Market

    A special Music & Market gets underway Friday, Sept. 23 at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square in Opelousas with the flavorful sounds of Da Hurricanes. This variety band takes the downtown stage in conjunction with the announcement of the Wild About Downtown banner art winners. The event happens from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., with music at 6:00 p.m.
    Da Hurricanes is a classic rock 'n' roll, R&B cover band made up of a diverse group of professionals who are also professional musicians at heart. The original band was created in New Orleans in the early '80s, while members Dr. Kerry Thibodeaux and Cliff Broussard were obtaining degrees of higher educations and played many notable New Orleans venues with a solid fan following. When Thibodeaux opened his medical practice in Opelousas in the early '90s, he recruited long time friend and musician, Stephen "Big Daddy" Morrow. Later the group added Jim Gates & Don Demourelle to the ensemble and enjoy making music in and around Acadiana. 
    Da Hurricanes is made up of lead singer and lead guitar Clifford Broussard. In addition to his music, Broussard is the CEO of Willis-Knighton Bossier City Health Care System. Thibodeaux, rhythm guitar and vocals, is a Board Certified General Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon, and Medical Director of The Wound Treatment Center at Opelousas General Health System. 
    Morrow, bass player, is the managing partner of the legal firm Morrow, Gates & Morrow. He boasts a large professional music career, as he plays with a large number of bands, which include the legendary Boogie All-Stars (formerly known as the Fabulous Boogie Kings), Machine and many more. Drummer Jim Gates, who is a partner at Morrow, Gates & Morrow, is finally realizing his childhood dream of being the drummer for a classic rock band. Don Demourelle, along time nursing professional in Acadiana, follows Morrow in playing music with other bands including The Chapter and Chapter Two. Demourelle, who us the keyboard player for the group is affectionately referred to as "The Cajun Billy Preston." 
    In conjunction with the event, Opelousas Main Street, Inc. will announce the winners of the Wild About Downtown banner art project. The outdoor banner art exhibit kicked off in April and featured 31 banners throughout the downtown area. 
     During the five-month exhibit, viewers were able to cast their vote for their favorite banners. Winners of the student division are scheduled to be announced at 6:30 p.m. while adult division winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, folks will be able to bid on their favorite banners via eBay. Proceeds raised help Opelousas Main Street, Inc, a 501c organization, fulfill its mission to build long-term sustainable downtown revitalization. 
    While the highlighted vegetable for the September 23rd h event will be Hibiscus Tea. Veronica Fuselier with the St. Landry Parish Farmers Market will serve up the homegrown beverage. Other music acts throughout the series include Chubby Carriere & the Bayou Swamp Band, Greg Martinez, Hadley Castille & the Sharecropper Cajun Band with special guests Donnie & the Pooldoos, River Road and Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie. 
    Music & Market happens from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., with music beginning at 6:00 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Because beverages sales for the concert series go towards covering the cost of bands and event expenses, ice chests will not be allowed. 
    The fall series is made possible with the support of Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, CLECO, Walmart Supercenter, 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 County Ag Extension Office at (337) 948-0561. Food vendors as well as 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

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