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Downtown Alive! and Evangeline Maid release the Spring 2021 VIRTUAL Concert Lineup

Downtown Alive!, South Louisiana’s favorite Friday night concert series,returns this Spring with an exciting virtual lineup.

Posted: Feb 18, 2021 12:17 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2021 12:19 PM

Lafayette, LA – Downtown Alive!, South Louisiana’s favorite Friday night concert series,returns this Spring with an exciting virtual lineup. To ensure the safety of the community, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited will host the 38thseason of Downtown Alive! virtually. This 3-part series, presented by Evangeline Maid,will begin in March and take place on the ​thirdFridayofeachmonth​. Inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts and led by Herman Fuselier of KRVS’ Zydeco Stomp, each DTA!show will highlight Downtown venues and homegrown, world-renowned artists whileproviding an intimate opportunity to celebrate live, local music. Shows will be streamed online from the DTA! Facebook page, with concerts beginning at 6 pm. Viewers can watch the virtual live performances by tuning in to https://www.facebook.com/DowntownAliveLFT​ or attending watch parties at participatingDowntown Lafayette locations.The season will kick off on Friday, March 19, with a Downtown Alive! newcomer —Lafayette’s own ​Cupid​, who shuffled his way into the hearts of millions with the up-tempoparty song “Cupid Shuffle.” While his music has filled many a wedding reception andcruise ship onboarding, new singles like “Crawfish” and “Flex” have solidified Cupid as a household name. With a full discography that’s a melting pot of bluesy soul, gospel, rock, and hip-hop, Cupid has a portfolio that impresses and is sure to get viewers on their feet. St. Martin Parish is well represented in the second DTA! show on Friday, April 16, with theGrammy-nominated group ​Sweet Cecilia​. The Americana trio dazzles audiences withrock, folk, and Cajun-influenced songs while never running short on tales or charm. It’struly never a dull moment with this all-female family affair, composed of sisters Laura Berard Huval, Maegen Berard Rankin, and cousin Callie Guidry. Abbeville meets Erath in the dynamic Grammy-nominated duo of ​Eric Adcock & Michael Juan Nunez​ for the final Spring DTA! Show on Friday, May 21. Adcock is a Louisiana Roots / Rhythm & Blues pianist and songwriter who funnels inspiration he receives from living in South Louisiana into his songwriting and performances. Nunez, a singer-guitarist-songwriter, is known for music that taps into the heart of southern American culture. The two have been friends and musical collaborators for decades —consider this show Vermilion Parish’s own “Storytellers” episode.“Downtown Alive! is so special to our team — and Acadiana as a whole — for so manyreasons,” said Anita Begnaud, CEO of Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, the non-profit organization that produces Downtown Alive! “This 38-year tradition has stayed alive because you can’t separate Downtown Lafayette from music and culture. We are proud to provide audiences with live, local music — and his story telling series will show you a side you’ve never seen of artists you love.”She continued, “We’ve been doing this a long time, and we’re excited to continue this in any way we can. We are so grateful for all of the support we have received from our Acadiana community — especially from our sponsors, some of which have kept DTA! alive for decades.”Downtown Alive! would not be possible without the support of its sponsors, especially2021 presenting sponsor Evangeline Maid; venue hosts Parish Ink, Dwyer’s Cafe, andBeausoleil Books; and watch party location sponsors Central Pizza and Tula Tacos. Companies and organizations like Super 1 Foods, Lafayette Coca-Cola Bottling Company,and Victor Ashy have also come together to produce this season of Downtown Alive!“After more than 100 years of serving Acadiana, one thing the Evangeline Maid family issure of is that we need music now, more than ever,” said John Steed, Senior VP of Flowers Foods. “ I am so proud of Downtown Alive! for continuing to navigate this virtual arena, ensuring that we remain connected to one another and energized by this display of local talent. So tune in while enjoying your favorite Evangeline Maid recipes, and joinus from near, far, or wherever you are!”“Downtown Alive! has provided family-friendly entertainment, along with a dash of culture, for nearly 40 years,” said Begnaud. “We’re going to keep this beloved tradition going in any format we can — because that’s how we keep the music alive for the next 40 years and beyond. We can’t — and won’t — stop.”You can support DTA! by tuning in to each Friday night show. Learn more aboutDowntown Alive! and this season’s artists by visiting www.downtownlafayette.org/downtown-alive​. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jamie Hebert, Director of Programming & Engagement, at jamie@downtownlafayette.org​. Spring 2021DTA! Virtual Concert Lineup All shows stream live on the ​Downtown Alive! Facebook page​ beginning at 6 pm.Friday, March19 Cupid (Rhythm & Blues) Friday, April 16 Sweet Cecilia (Americana)Friday, May21 Eric Adcock & Michael Juan Nunez (Funk & Soul)

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