Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie ready to rock Music & Market

Geno Delafose
    Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie rock Music & Market Friday, Oct. 28 at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square in downtown Opelousas. The weekly music series, which is free and open to the public, lasts from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with music beginning at 6p.m.
    Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie is one of Acadiana's hottest bands, often playing six or more area events in a single weekend. 
    Delafose was born into a family of zydeco musicians. He got his start at the age of eight in his father’s band, John Delafose and the Eunice Playboys. He continued to play in the band until his father’s death in 1994. 
    That year, he debuted with album, French Rockin’ Boogie, on Rounder Records. The name of the record  is also the name of his back up group, which include several family members. 
    He released two more albums from the label before signing with Time Square Records to release Everybody’s Dancin’ in 2003. 
    In 2007, Delafose was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album category for his Le Cowboy Creole album. His style is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music, country and rhythm and blues. 
    Delafose lives in Duralde, near Eunice, where he operates his Double D ranch raising cattle and horses.
    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 featured vegetable for the event will be sweet potatoes. Other vegetables and agricultural commodities will be offered as well as cooked foods and arts and crafts. Ice chests are not allowed as beer. Wine and soft drinks, along with bottled water, are sold on site.
    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, and St. Landry Parish Government.
   For more information or to find out about vendor opportunities, contact City of Opelousas Tourism Office at 337-948-5227 or 337-948-6263 or visit www.cityofopelousas.com.

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