Farewell Alligator Man: A Tribute to the Music of Jimmy C Newman

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Hosted by Joel Savoy

There was a time in south Louisiana that the name Jimmy C Newman was spoken with an almost god-like reverence- a young singer from Mamou had made it to the big time and the locals could not have been more proud to tell folks that the C stood for Cajun. Jimmy’s career endured a lifetime, performing on the Grand Ole Opry for 58 years until just before his death in 2014, giving one of his very last performances to Louisiana Crossroads as part of Joel Savoy’s Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round in 2013. Coming together again to celebrate his legacy is group of friends from very different roots music regions from across the United States that discovered this music individually and built a relationship on a mutual affection for these early country songs. Host Joel Savoy is joined by Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms from Portland, Oregon (of the Pacific Northwest’s infamous Foghorn Stringband), Kelli Jones (North Carolina), Gary Newman (Jimmy’s son), pedal steel guitarist Rusty Blake (Portland, OR), and more special guests TBA for a sentimental evening honoring a Louisiana Legend.

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Acadiana Center for the Arts

Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are the central cultural hub of Acadiana, an eight-parish region comprised of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes. From our origins as an arts council established in 1975, we have transformed into one of the largest arts organizations in Louisiana. AcA’s public facility is in the heart of downtown Lafayette featuring an intimate theater, large museum-quality galleries, as well as workshop, rehearsal, and office spaces.