Music

The Back Door is Always Open

This July marks the fourth anniversary of the passing of musician D. L. Ménard, the author of "La Porte en Arrière (The Back Door)", the most recorded and performed Cajun song according to folklorist Barry Jean Ancelet. It competes with…

Spring Festivals

The awe-inspiring diversity of Louisiana is easily taken for granted. A quick survey of the state’s spring festivals — Louisiana is home to more annual festivals than there are days in the year — is an apt reminder that there’s…

Tops of Acadiana

In Acadiana, there’s no shortage of delectable food, boogie-down music, talented individuals, stylish shops, tasty brews and places for cultural enlightenment or entertaining adventures. Which makes it nearly impossible to pick and choose favorites. Perhaps we are gluttons for punishment, …

Lagniappe Records

In the age of Spotify, iTunes and numerous other digital streaming platforms, the owners of Lafayette's Lagniappe Records give customers a refreshingly old-school experience when it comes to discovering new – and vintage – music.

Location Spotlight: Ace Hotel New Orleans

For years, Ace Hotels have popped up all over the United States from New York and Pittsburg; to Portland and Seattle; and Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Last month, the company opened its latest incarnation in the Big Easy. Since then,…

Newport in Review

There is something profoundly special about the Newport Folk Festival. Part of this uniqueness is due to the history of the festival itself. The stages at Newport have been home to a number of firsts and seen the absolute best…