Also set for Saturday, just down the road from Make Music Normal, is the annual Bayou Bash at the
Preceding all that, on Friday, is the big
And keeping the momentum going past the weekend, veteran folk singer
Following are previews of each, except for the
Make Music Normal
The new, and hopefully annual, kid on the summer music block is this
Since it was announced, local musicians were invited to participate at one of five performance venues around town,
Following are the acts who had signed as of press-time:
This BCPA-based event was in the same position of Make Music Normal a year ago: it was its first time around, hoping for seconds.
Well, hope no more: the sophomore edition of Bayou Bash is good to go, starting at
Occupying its center will be the Zydeco Crawdaddies, a French Creole band specializing in both old-school and modern zydeco styles.
Admission to the concert is free, with a variety of snacks and beverages available for purchase.
For tickets, contact the Rotary at www.daybreakrotaryclub.org.
It's been 19 years since Canadian folk-pop legend
He'll return to that same stage for his long-awaited encore, at
Though he was unavailable for an interview this time through due to the demands of touring, the 75-year-old singer spoke with The Pantagraph last time, which fell on the 25th anniversary of his breakthrough Top 10 hit, "If You Could Read My Mind."
If we could read his mind a quarter-century later, he was asked, what story would it tell?
"At the time I wrote the song, I was going through a divorce," he confessed.
And the pain of that experience was firmly embedded in that signature song, remaining palpable with each subsequent performance.
"I'm a reflective kind of guy, and my personal life has had some interesting twists and turns," he added, the byways of which can be mapped through subsequent hits like "
The one hit that might be set apart from those -- 1976's biggie, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" -- is still tied to his Canadian heritage, as a native of
In the years since his 1995 ISU show, the major event in his life was his brush with mortality in 2002, when he suffered a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm and went into a six-week coma.
Two years later, he was back performing ... but then he suffered a mild stroke in 2006 and lost use of several fingers of his right hand.
Once more, he came back, regaining the use of the fingers and remaining committed to live performances.
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