The sounds of south Louisiana swamp pop and the flavors of homegrown vegetables reunite for Music & Market Friday, May 18 on the St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square in downtown Opelousas. Music & Market welcomes Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress. The featured vegetable is tomatoes.
|Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress|
Admission is free and the music goes from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
A native of Vermillion Parish, Warren Storm is known to many as the Godfather of Swamp Pop. In 1952, Storm made his musical debut when he sat in for his father on a dance job.
He became one of the most sought-after session drummers in south Louisiana before he recorded The Prisoner’s Song as his first single in 1958. The record sold a quarter-million copies and soon became the prototype swamp pop song.
During his career, Storm has been responsible for dozens national and regional hit records. As the in-house drummer for Jay Miller studios in Crowley, Storm played on numerous blues hits with the likes of Lightnin’ Slim, Slim Harpo, Carol Fran and many others.
The Cypress Band featuring Warren Storm & Willie Tee originated in 1980. They had their own weekly television show on station KADN on Saturday afternoons.
Although the band broke up in 1984, Warren & Willie Tee continued working together as guests with other bands. In 2004, they decided to reform the Cypress Band and began another era of their music. In September, Storm was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
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. The remaining spring 2012 lineup will feature Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys on May 25 at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion.
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