Thursday, August 2, 2012

Weekend brings swamp pop, theatre and more

    Enjoy swamp pop, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B oldies as Warren Storm, Willie Tee and Cypress entertain at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. in the Event Center of Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, I-49 exit 18, in Opelousas. Swamp pop legend Tommy McLain joins the band as special guest. 
    McLain is also featured on the band’s new CD, “Legends Making Memories,” which includes renditions of “Houston Solution,” “Juke Box Songs,” “What Am I Living For” and more. For more information, call (337) 594-3000 or visit
Bonne Chance Cajun Band
    In other St. Landry Parish events: 
  • The Eunice Players Theatre concludes its production of “Camelot” at 7 p.m. Aug. 2-4 at the theater, 121 S. Second St., in Eunice. (337) 457-2156, (337) 546-0163.
  • Los Gringos Calentanos, Tina Pilione and Paul Anastasio, play the fiddle style of Juan Reynoso at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Chapelle Country Store at Le Village, 121 Seale Lane, in Eunice. The performance features the legendary guitar and violin Calentano music. (337) 457-3573,
  • Birdhouse artist Tommy Myers concludes the First Fridays with a Little Lagniappe art series from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center, I-49 exit 23, just north of Opelousas. The series showcases local artists creating pieces from materials salvaged from the Visitor Center construction. (337) 948-8004,
  • Roscoe Chenier and the Inner City Blues Band play on the beach from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Lakeview Park & Beach, 1717 Veteran Memorial Highway, in Eunice. (337) 457-2881,
  • The Bonne Chance Cajun Band performs at the Rendez-Vous des Cajuns radio and TV show at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Liberty Theater in downtown Eunice. Humorist Kent Gonsoulin is this week’s emcee for this live, family-oriented held in an historic 1924 vaudeville house. (337) 457-7389,
  • Donnie and the Pool Doos host the monthly Louisiana dance party at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Courtableau Hwy, in Arnaudville. (337) 754-7115,
  • The monthly JAMbalaya Acoustic Jam is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at Tom’s Fiddle and Bow, 204 Fuselier St., in Arnaudville. Music includes Cajun, country, bluegrass and more. (337) 754-5528,
  • A screening of When the Drum is Beating, a documentary on the Haitian band Septentrional Orchestra, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Casa Azul Gifts, 232 ML King Dr., in Grand Coteau. A Skype session with director Whitney Dow will be held after the screening. (337) 662-1032.
  • Creator’s Canvas – Cancer Research Foundation, art work by Theresa Stelly, continues through Sept. 30 at the Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center, 315 N. Main St., in Opelousas. (337) 948-2589,
    For more information on parish events, call the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission at (337) 948-8004 or visit Updates are posted on Facebook at St. Landry Parish – It’s Gumbo for Your Soul and Twitter @StLandryParish. Videos are online at

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