Saturday, April 18, 2009

0102--Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters

After Pecan Island, we drove straight to Opelousas to see Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters ( They were performing for a taping of "Swamp 'n' Roll," a regional television show about Louisiana music. You can check it out at

Before we left, Ron had connected on line with Dan Sanda, a guitarist with the band--and it turned out we both recognized (and Ron says, had met) Dan from the Blue Heron and Grassroots music festivals up here. Dan says he "lived at those festivals" for a few years. Had a chance to chat with him after the music wrapped up and will definitely look him up again on our next visit. He moved to Lafayette to get involved with the music scene there.

On a side note, they actually tape this Cajun/Creole television show at a Mexican restaurant called Casa Olé. Kind of surprising . . . but we were certainly happy for the terrific meal we had while watching the band. Totally delicious and much different than anything you can get around here. And, really, what a cool idea! We'd TOTALLY go out to a restaurant on a weeknight to see a band for an early show and have dinner/drinks. More places should do this--it really made dinner an EVENT.

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