Thursday, January 5, 2012

Carrier, Sonnier team up for Zydec-Cajun Night Jan. 6

    A Grammy-winning zydeco musician and a three-time, Grammy nominee in Cajun music team up for Zyde-Cajun Night at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at the Delta Grand, 120 S. Market St., in downtown Opelousas. Chubby Carrier, winner of the 2010 Grammy for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for his Zydeco Junkie CD, performs. 
Jo-El Sonnier
    Carrier joins with Jo-El Sonnier, a Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee who has recorded Cajun music since 1967 and earned three Grammy nominations. In the 1980s, Sonnier had country hits with No More One More Time and Tear-Stained Letter. Both landed in the Top Ten of the country charts. 
    Tickets for Zydec-Cajun Night are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information, call (337) 407-1837 or visit 
    In other St. Landry Parish events: 
  • Professional boxing returns with Knockout and Payouts at the Downs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Events Center at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, exit 18 on I-49 in Opelousas. Tickets are $25. (337) 298-7658,
  • The weekly Saturday morning Cajun jam sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Savoy Music Center, located on Highway 190 just east of Eunice. Admission is free. (337) 457-9563,
  • The Cajun band Bonne Chance with Patrick Pellerin performs at the Rendez-Vous des Cajuns radio and TV show Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Liberty Theater in Eunice. The weekly program features Cajun and Creole musicians in a Grand Ole Opry, Prairie Home Companion format. Cajun humorist Thelma Daigle also entertains. (337) 457-7389,
  • Pre-Mardi Gras Market Monday takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Chapelle Country Store at Le Village, 121 Seale Lane, in Eunice. Featured items include handmade Mardi Gras costumes, jewelry and Dale and Lou Trahan’s Mardi Gras Miniatures, reclaimed wood and snippets of fabric that depict traditional Mardi Gras tasks. Admission is free. (337) 457-3573. 
    In upcoming events, Lovesick Blues: An Evening with Hank Williams, Sr. is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Liberty Theater in Eunice. This musical play, depicting the career and life of Hank Williams, features Hugh Harris, along with Terry Huval, Gina Forsyth, Kyle Harris, Bobby Dumatrait and Ken David. Tickets are $13 and all seats are reserved. Tickets are available from the Eunice mayor’s office at (337) 457-7389. 
    For more information on parish events, call the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission at (337) 948-8004 or visit Events are also listed on Facebook at St. Landry Parish – It’s Gumbo for Your Soul and Twitter @StLandryParish. Videos are online at

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