Press Release: Festival Schedule of Bands-8/24/12

BEST OF THE BAYOU BAND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

GIVERS, Cowboy Mouth, Marc Broussard, Ruthie Foster to Headline Inaugural Festival

Houma, LA- Best of the Bayou presented by Rouse’s Markets is unveiling its complete lineup and schedule of performances at the free festival set for Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 in Downtown Houma.  In all, 24 acts will occupy two stages for the two-day event, stretching a quarter of a mile in the heart of historic downtown.

Carencro’s Marc Broussard and Texas blues singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster will headline the schedule on Saturday, while Cowboy Mouth and GIVERS, both from Louisiana, are set to close out the fest on Sunday. The full lineup mostly features artists of the Bayou, Acadiana and New Orleans Regions, such as brass funk-sters Bonerama and The Upstarts, and seasoned “Y’at Rock” group Creole String Beans, all of whom play on Saturday.

Louisiana French band Isle Dernière will officially kick off the weekend’s entertainment at 11 a.m. from the Boudin Bayou Stage at Barrow and Main Streets. They lead a lineup of seven other bands that includes locals Beau Porche and The Backstabbers, The Risen and Uprising, as well as brothers Joe and David Stark, who make up the nationally-signed rock duo, Baby Bee. Baby Bee will be followed by their pal and touring partner Broussard; his soulful voice will serenade crowds as the sun sets on the first day of the festival at 8:45 p.m.

The second Gulf Groove Stage, north-side on Main near Grinage Street, opens at noon Saturday with folk-country singer Clay Parker of Thibodaux. Parker will be followed by local favorites Hurricane Levee Band and Voodoo Bayou. The award-winning Miss Foster and her band will then take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule begins at 11:30 a.m., with Houma’s St. Lucy Gospel Choir and Nonc Nu and Da’ Wild Matous on opposing stages. Nonc Nu, a zydeco-country-rock-infused band from Thibodaux, will be followed by more bayou boys–Mr. Don Rich and Bandit on the Gulf Groove Stage. New Orleans rhythm-and-blues act Al “Lil Fats” Jackson will follow Bandit at 4 p.m. Fellow New Orleanians and national hit-makers Cowboy Mouth will close out that stage at 5:45pm. Through 15 years and almost as many albums, Cowboy Mouth has entertained more than 9 million people in their “legendary” live shows, according to the band’s official website.

Rounding out the fest lineup on the Boudin Bayou Stage are rising star and Houma native, blues guitarist Josh Garrett, and the top two winners of the Center Stage Singing Competition-a local version of the wildly popular TV show “American Idol.” Festival-goers will also be treated to the traditional jazz-swing sounds of Louisiana quintet Red Stick Ramblers and the quirky swamp-jangle of Austin’s The Gourds.

The inaugural Best of the Bayou will officially come to a close with the help of upbeat indie rockers GIVERS, hailing from Lafayette and quickly making a name for themselves on the national music scene. GIVERS will headline the Boudin Bayou Stage at 6:45 p.m. Their most recent claim to fame was the cover of their song “Up Up Up” by the cast of another hit show, “Glee,” in April. Since the debut of their first full length album “In Light” in 2011, GIVERS have been touring the globe and will soon join chart-topper Goyte, who is currently touring the U.S. and Canada.

Houma attorney and music columnist David Norman, a member of the festival’s entertainment committee, said of the lineup, “I am impressed with its strength and diversity, to put it mildly. Local bands can only be helped by the exposure this lineup of better-known acts, such as GIVERS, The Gourds, Ruthie Foster and others–will produce.” In keeping with the true mission of the festival, he added, “Outside folks appreciating our indigenous culture equals increased tourism which accomplishes our mission.”

Festival hours are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday. The festival will also feature food from some of the area’s top chefs and eateries, as well as a festival marketplace showcasing local art and handmade crafts. More details about the festival will be released in the coming weeks.

The festival schedule of bands is available here now and will also be accessible on the festival’s website at www.bestofthebayou.org. The schedule will also be printed inside the official festival guide in advance of and at the event. The festival reserves the right to adjust the schedule as necessary prior to and during the event.

Lori’s Best of the Bayou Update-8/6/12

(As seen in FOCUS, the monthly newsletter of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce and distributed via The Houma Courier)

It’s that time again – the time of year where the sun is setting on those lazy summer days and many folks are preparing for the hustle and bustle of “back-to-school.” It’s been anything but a ‘lazy summer’ for Best of the Bayou, and with the festival only two short months away, there is so much to report!

First and foremost, I am extremely happy to announce that the inaugural festival will be presented with the help of one of the bayou’s very best — Rouses Markets.  Rouses is confirmed as the festival’s presenting sponsor. In the fifty-plus years since the opening of their first grocery store in Houma, Rouses has expanded to nearly 40 stores and 5,400 team members. And they’ve become more than just a household name here in Louisiana – they have gained national recognition for their success, and been named one of the top independent grocers in the country. Rouses is the perfect title partner, and we look forward to working with them to help put Houma and the entire bayou region on the map of must-see destinations in Louisiana.

I’d like to take a moment to also give praise to a few other sponsors we’ve secured thus far—starting with Pepsi, who has signed on to be our official soft drink of the festival. An array of Pepsi-brand beverages will be on hand at the festival. Thanks to Buquet Distributing and Voodoo BBQ & Grill in Houma, the festival will include a special area for our beloved sports fanatics! A festival “sports bar,” to be located inside the Mardi Gras Bingo Hall on Main Street, will provide an indoor retreat for folks to catch the big weekend games i.e. LSU and Saints. Adult beverages and Voodoo BBQ will be available for sale inside the hall. Kids are certainly welcome there, but they too will have a spot to call their own. Chevron has partnered with us to present the BayouLand Kids Korner, which will be set near the festival marketplace. The details are not yet finalized.

As we’ve mentioned before, our “Friends of the Festival” are also important to us! This program allows for individuals and small businesses to support the festival for as little as $50. Donors receive individual perks at all levels up to $1000. EVERY donation counts as we strive to not only bring this new and exciting and FREE event to our region, but keep it around for years to come.

Moving on, we’ve opened the application process for artists and craftspeople wanting to showcase and sell their work at the festival. The planned arts-walk or marketplace, of approximately 150 booths, will be nestled in the heart of the fest, around Belanger and Roussell Streets near what’s known as the Ledet Building. Additional booths will be located by Whitney Bank and possibly outward to Main Street, too, depending on the number of qualified applicants to the festival. Only original art and handmade crafts will be allowed for sale. Rental includes a 10×10 space (vendors must provide their own tents) and vendors will collect 100% of their sales. Complete details on how to apply can be found on the festival’s website at bestofthebayou.org, as well as through the Gulf Coast Marketplace/Options for Independence in Houma at thegulfcoastmarketplace.org. GCM is a virtual festival featuring an array of works by regional artists and craftsmen. Due to this already-established network of vendors, Best of the Bayou has partnered with these agencies to help process applications and manage all marketplace vendors on-site.

The festival is still looking for food vendors as well.  The initial deadline of July 31 to rent space has been extended to August 15. As a reminder, tents will be provided at no extra cost, along with limited use of electricity. Vendors may sell up to four items and will collect 100% of their sales. We ask that anyone interested in reserving a booth, be it a restaurant, professional caterer or non-profit organization, please visit the festival’s website or call the Houma Chamber office at 985-876-5600 as soon as possible.

Since my last bulletin, we’ve unveiled the winning artwork chosen to be the official poster of the inaugural festival.  The artwork, an untitled painting, was created by Susan Shaffer of Schriever and depicts a guitar-man on Main Street, blended with familiar images of downtown.  Shaffer’s painting was one of eleven entries in the contest, which was open to all bayou region artists, ages 16 and up.  The poster will be available for sale on site at the festival, with all proceeds going to the Best of the Bayou Foundation.  The remaining entries will be on display during the festival inside the Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild downtown.

In a final bit of good news, all bands are booked for the 2012 festival.  In all, 24 bands will play the fess–that’s non-stop for two days on two stages! The lineup merges national, regional and local bands in genres of swamp pop, rock, blues, funk and more! The entire lineup and complete stage(s) schedule will be released soon. In the meantime, please check out the festival’s website and Facebook for more info on the festival bands.

Food Vendor Deadline Extended-Press Release: 8/1/12

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO RESERVE FOOD BOOTH AT FESTIVAL

Houma, LA- Best of the Bayou has extended its application deadline for those interested in selling food at the festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 in Downtown Houma.  Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, August 15 in an effort to increase awareness of the first-time event, as well the diversity of menu items.

Louisiana-based restaurants, licensed caterers and civic organizations are eligible to apply for booth space inside the food court located around the Courthouse Square on Church and Goode Streets.  Each booth is allowed to sell up to four food items, awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The festival will supply the food tents, along with signage, some electricity, security and vendor hospitality and parking. Pricing and additional details, along with the booth rental application, are available for printing or download from the festival’s website at www.bestofthebayou.org.

Best of the Bayou is a non-profit event, with all proceeds, such as food booth fees, going back into the production and sustainment of the festival.  Vendors retain all sales of their individual food items.

For more information, interested vendors can also email info@bestofthebayou.org or call the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce office at 985-876-5600 as soon as possible.