AcA’s new season features mayor, Buddy Guy and more

St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Photo: submitted photos)

What do City-Parish President Joey Durel, songwriter Randy Newman, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and the National Acrobats of China have in common? They’re all part of fall and spring shows at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

The AcA recently unveiled its new season, which is still a work in progress. But guests can get a taste at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 when Durel is one of 13 speakers during TEDx Vermilion Street.

A product of the wildly-popular TED Talks, TEDx events are local event featuring speakers offering big ideas intended to spark deep discussions and connections among attendees. The discussions are part of diverse AcA season of music, dance, family performances and more.

“Our goal is to reach as broad a spectrum of the community that we can,” said Wuestemann. “There are lots of free things to do here .There are lots of inexpensive things to do here.

“Like our family performances, kids seats are less than $10. Then there’s some really high-end things that have a high-end price tag. But you get to see somebody like Lee Ann Womack and shows like this, in very small theater, at a somewhat affordable price. I think that’s how we best serve the community, bringing this whole spectrum of offerings to people here.”

Wuestemann is perhaps most excited by an April 6 Louisiana Crossroads Special Event with blues legend Buddy Guy. A Louisiana native and six-time Grammy winner, Guy is ranked 30th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Quinn Sullivan, a 16-year-old guitar prodigy, will open the show.

“I’ve been after this show for three years,” said Wuestemann. “At some point in my life, I had to bring Buddy Guy here. We were finally able to make it work.

“He’ll be just a couple of months shy of his 80th birthday. But he really is a musical iron man. I heard him play at a conference in Chicago not too long ago. He sounded like at 25 year old.

“He’s unbelievable. He’s about as healthy and fit as can be. He has a stage presence of a young man. He’s incredible.”

Want to go?

Acadiana Center of the Arts 2015-16 season

AcA AllStars

Oct. 15 – Lee Ann Womack

Oct. 23 – Todd Snyder and Elizabeth Cook

Nov. 14 – St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Dec. 11 – The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp

April 2 – Shovels & Rope

PASA Mainstage Series @ Heymann Center

Dec. 14 – National Acrobats of China

March 1 – AcA AllStars present Randy Newman

April 6 – La. Crossroads presents Buddy Guy

Louisiana Crossroads

Oct. 7-8 – Zachary Richard: Attakapas – The Story of the Cajun People

Nov. 27-28 – Turkey Crossroads Kickoff: George Porter Jr. an the Running Pardners

Dec. 17-18 – A Cajun and Creole Christmas with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Buckwheat Zydeco, Sweet Cecilia, Lil Buck Sinegal, Eric Adcock and the Huval School of Music Children’s Choir

Jan. 14-15 – Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country with Grammy winners Michael Doucet and the Band Courtbouillon, Cedric Watson, Jel Savoy, Ann Savoy and Zachary Richard. Acadian Allstars Marc Broussard, Anna Laura Edmiston, Megan Brown and Kelli Jones

May 19-20 – Soul Survival with Curley Taylor, Roddie Romero and Eric Adcock, Melody Guillory, soloists from the choirs of Destiny of Faith and Progressive Baptist Church

Jazz @ the Center

Nov. 13 – Paquito D’Rivera Quintet with the UL Jazz Ensemble

Feb. 25 – Fred Hersch

March 11 – Last Southern Gentlemen: Ellis and Delfayo Marsalis

Special events

Sept. 12 – TEDx Vermilion Street

Oct. 3 – Asociacion Cultural Latino Acadiana with Latin American Day in Acadiana

Oct. 17 – Gulf Brew at Parc International

Dec. 2-3 – Festival of Trees, a Hearts of Hope fundraiser

Feb. 27 – AcA Arts Awards

Dance @ the Center

March 5 – BodyTraffic Dance Residency

April 16 – Ballet Academy Evening of Dance

April 28-30 – Clare Cook Dance Theater

Family Performance Series

Nov. 14 – Imago Theater

March 13 – Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Nap Time Players

May 4 – Lightwire…The Show

Theater @ the Center

March 15-16 – Acting Up Student Showcase

April 7-10 – Tea Sippers’ Theatre Co. presents “Next to Normal: The Musical”

July 21-23, 28-30 – Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble

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