Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Final Music & Market features Creole musician Goldman Thibodeaux

    Music & Market wraps up its spring series Friday, May 25 with a performance by Creole musician and accordion player Goldman Thibodeaux along with the Lawtell Playboys. The event is scheduled from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m., at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, near exit 19B in Opelousas.
Goldman Thibodeaux
    Thibodeaux, who is from Lawtell, is noted for his traditional “La La” music, the acoustic, Creole house party music that preceded zydeco. While Thibodeaux is vocalist and accordion player for his band, the first instruments he played were the rub board and t-fer (triangle).
    Thibodeaux grew up in a time where rooms were cleared to make way for house dances. His uncles were Bebe and Eraste Carriere of Lawtell, two of the pioneers of early Creole music.
    Thibodeaux’s last CD, released in early 2007 is titled “French Creole House Dance” and features 22 songs. Through his music, Thibodeaux captures the spirit of Creole life in songs that often tell of sorrow and pain and trials and tribulations.
    Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Because beverages sales for the concert series go towards and event expenses, ice chests will not be allowed.
    In addition to the music, local farmers will offer fresh produce for sale. Squash is the featured vegetable for Friday’s event.
    This event is presented by City of Opelousas Tourism with support from St. Landry Homestead, Delta Media, Acadiana Council for the Arts (ACA), LA Division of the Arts, Union Pacific Railroad, Delta Media Corporation, CenterPoint Energy, Louisiana Lottery, Shop Rite, IESI, American Bank, Bodemuller the Printer and Cleco.
    For more information, call 337-948-6263 or visit www.cityofopelousas.com

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