Gateway to the Grammys, Vermilionville Performance Center, Jan. 12, 2017
In 2017, three recordings received Grammy nominations in the Regional Roots Music category: I Wanna Sing: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country (a boxed set of four CDs each with six cuts featuring various musicians produced by Joel Savoy and Joshua Caffery), released by Valcour Records; Broken Promised Land: Barry Jean Ancelet and Sam Broussard, released by Swallow Records; and Gulfstream: Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars. In addition, the title track of Gulfstream, written by Eric Adcock and Roddie Romero, was nominated as Best American Roots Song.

To help band members with expenses for the trip to the awards ceremony in Los Angeles Feb. 12, Vermilionville in Lafayette sponsored “Gateway to the Grammys,” a fundraiser featuring the Grammy-nominated musicians held in the Performance Center Jan. 12, 2017. Herman Fuselier hosted the show, which was broadcast live on KRVS public radio.

For more about I Wanna Sing: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country, see the story in the Dec. 16, 2016, Advocate: www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/entertainment_life/article_e....

For more about Broken Promised Land, see Dan Willging’s review in offBeat, www.offbeat.com/music/barry-jean-ancelet-sam-broussard-br..., and the description from Swallow Records, www.flattownmusic.com/Barry-Jean-Ancelet-Sam-Broussard-Br....

In addition the Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars’ web site, roddieromero.com/web/, here’s a link to an article in The Independent about Gulfstream: theind.com/article-23155-a-labor-of-nearly-a-decade-roddi...

Gateway to the Grammys provided VIP tables located in front of the stage in addition to general admission tickets, so, for most of the photos, I relied on my 80-400 mm Nikon telephoto lens to shoot from behind the reserved seating. I used bounce flash a few times to try to illuminate the stage a little more evenly, but almost all of the photos were taken with available light and adjusted in post-processing to try to deal with lighting issues.

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to www.cajunzydecophotos.com or www.cajunzydecophotos.com/mobile.
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