Lafayette, La. — On the heels of the most successful, Downtown Alive! Year in our thirty-year history, Downtown Alive! is following up with one of the biggest schedules yet! We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better 2014 with:
• An all-star lineup featuring: The Marshall Tucker Band, Jaryd Lane & The Parish, Cowboy Mouth, Chubby Carrier, UL Big Band with Johanna Divine, Richard Lebouef and Blayze & Saddles with Makers.
• One-of-a-kind performance featuring the UL Big Band and Johanna Divine at the season kickoff.
• DTA! Battle of the Bands.
"We worked extra hard this season to thank our loyal fans with an exciting Downtown Alive! series. From The Marshall Tucker Band, who helped to establish the Southern Rock genre in the 1970’s, to putting together a never-before pairing of the 18-piece UL Big Band with stellar vocalist, Johanna Divine; DTA! this spring stays strong all season with quality entertainers and a guaranteed good time every Friday,” said Kate Durio, Director of Marketing and Events.
Spring 2014 Season Schedule:
UL Big Band with Johanna Divine (Big Band/Jazz – Parc Sans Souci)
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band (Zydeco – Parc Sans Souci)
The Marshall Tucker Band (Southern Rock – Parc International)
Cowboy Mouth (Rock – Parc International)
Richard Lebouef & Two Step (Cajun – Parc Sans Souci)
Blayze & Saddles with Makers Reel (Honky Tonk/RocknRoll – Parc Sans Souci)
Jaryd Lane & The Parish (Country – Parc International)
In addition to the headlining bands, DTA! is also offering a chance at the big time for four DTA! hopefuls with a Battle of the Bands contest!
If you’ve ever thought, "I should play DTA!”, now’s your chance! Battle it out with other local bands and show Downtown Alive! if you have what it takes to perform a 15 minute set at Parc Sans Souci opening for bands like the UL Big Band and Johanna Divine, Chubby Carrier, Richard Lebouef, Blayze & Saddles and Makers Reel. This is the perfect chance to show Lafayette what local talent is brewing right in our backyards, and you may land a chance to play at another Downtown event, or even Downtown Alive! Whether you play Jazz, Country, Blues, Rock & Roll, or Cajun and Zydeco, we want to hear what you’ve got to offer.
"Lafayette is rich with talent and it’s always a little heartbreaking that we can’t give everyone a DTA! date. We wanted to host a Battle of the Bands at DTA! to give new bands a chance to wow our crowd so they demand that they get to play at DTA! by introducing Lafayette to their talents through the Battle of the Bands,” said Durio.
To enter, please post three videos of live performance links to our Downtown Alive! Facebook Fan Page by March 7th. Fans and locals will then get the chance to vote for their favorite four bands until March 14th. On March 17th, performance dates will be announced for each of the four bands selected. They will get the opportunity to open a show for the bands headlining on March 21st, March 28th, May 2nd or May 9th. After May 9th, we will host an online voting form where locals and fans will be able to vote for their favorite of the four bands until May 22nd. The opening act with the most likes will get a chance to perform at another Downtown event or Downtown Alive!
Lafayette has their dancing shoes ready and needs you to provide the music. Show us what you’ve got in our first-ever DTA! Battle of the Bands on March 21, March 28, May 2 and May 9. Claim your date!
Sponsored by, Lafayette Coca-Cola, Super 1 Foods, Hampton Toyota, LUS Utilities System and Home Bank. DTA! features performances by Grammy award winners,
renowned and up and coming musicians representing a variety of genres: Brass,
Zydeco, Swamp Pop, Bluegrass, Cajun, Blues, Soul, Indie Rock and more.
DTA! begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and
beverage concessions and our Battle of the Bands contenders – musical
performances from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Concession sales
help keep DTA! free, so don’t be a mooch and buy DTA! hooch and leave your ice
chests at home with your pets. For more information, visit http://www.downtownlafayette.org. Downtown Alive! is produced by Downtown Lafayette in cooperation with
Lafayette Consolidated Government.