Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band will rock your soul at Music & Market on Friday, April 21. The series spotlights some of Louisiana’s best musical artists and popular fresh homegrown vegetables for purchase directly from local farmers. Beverages and food will be available barbeque, sweets and other items. The featured Louisiana produce item for this concert is mustard greens. Free samples will be available—while they last!
The featured Louisiana product for this opening concert is mustard greens. Featured produce and products of the season also include pralines, turnips, cucumber and squash—free samples and recipe ideas will also be available.
Patrick Henry began performing at the age of seven when he sang his favorite hymn "One More River to Cross". From these early beginnings Mr. Henry remained in the town of Sunset where he joined the Liberation Band in 1978 which was the start of his professional career. He got his nickname, “Mr. Excitement” for vocal styles and high energy performance. The 90s brought many amazing things for Henry and the Liberation Band. They had numerous hits such as, Lady of My Dreams” and “Don’t Put Me Out.” In 1995, “Come and Get it” peaked at #17 on the Top 50 Blues Chart.
Henry, an incredibly versatile artist, has performed with such acts as The Emotions, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Kool & The Gang and the Pointer Sisters as well as a host of Zydeco bands. He has been recognized by the community through various awards.
The performance takes place at Le Vieux Village/Farmers Market Pavilion, located in the Opelousas Tourist Center at 828 East Landry Street, just off Interstate 49. Nearby is Le Vieux Village, the city’s largest community preservation, offering visitors a glimpse into rural life in historical Opelousas.
The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF) & Healthier Air for All Campaign, a program of The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) have partnered to present these 100% smoke-free concerts—because all Louisianans deserve protection from secondhand smoke at work and play. Other sponsors include the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, City of Opelousas, Bodemuller, CLECO, Louisiana Lottery and ZydecoOnline.com
Visitors can pick up fresh vegetables on Friday concert nights—or during regular Farmers Market hours: Tues, Thurs and Saturday, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Music & Market takes place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., with music beginning at 6:00 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information or to find out about vendor opportunities, call 337-948-6263 or visit www.cityofopelousas.com.
NEXT WEEK, Music & Market returns with Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas at the Courthouse Square! Featured produce will be pralines.
The Spring Music & Market 2017 lineup features:
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (Zydeco)
Downtown Edition: Courthouse Square
Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush (Zydeco)
The August Heat Band (Variety)
La Recolte (Cajun)