“On the day Bo Diddley died, as the sun sets on Opelousas, the blues seeps out of a weathered tin building. Up the wooden stairs, through the screen door and in the corner of the screened-in porch stands an old fiberglass coin-operated kid’s ride resembling a helicopter. It’s also the building’s namesake. Slide open the heavy wooden door of the old Texaco warehouse and step inside The Whirlybird.” – Reese Fuller, journalist/author
The Whirlybird | Somewhere in South Louisiana
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 6:00 PM ’til
It’s happening! October is here, and so is the big fun we’ll be having with friends and loved ones from near and afar! Come and welcome in the Blackpot Camp (Oct 22-26) and Backpot Festival week at The Whirlybird! We have some great instructors coming in to teach, and we want to get them to do some playing, too! On top of it all, we’ll have food from Diego Martin-Perez and a percentage of the door will be going towards the disaster relief fund for Puerto Rico.
Grand Opening for the Whirlybird Fiddle Bar (as far as we know, this is the only Fiddle Bar in the world) – “come git you some fiddles – it’s a good look’n place…..”
SAT OCT 21
6 PM – til we can’t throw down no more!
Line-up for the Night!
As usual at the ‘Bird, somebody’ll be cooking and food will be available for purchase.
Oct 1, 2017 – OPELOUSAS HAYRIDE
Sabra & The Get Rights AND Maggie Belle Band
★ Sabra and the Get Rights ★ is a band reminiscent of the days when Hank Williams’ injected some blues into his country soul, harkening back to the 1950s when honky tonk bands made sure the dance floor was full and pumping. If you are aware that the great and late Ray Price invented the shuffle beat, then you will love Sabra and the Get Rights. If your tapping toes inevitably lead you to kick up your heels on the dance floor if the right band is on the stage, then you will love Sabra and the Get Rights. If you enjoy the music of Dwight Yoakam, Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, Loretta Lynn, The Mavericks, Dolly Parton, George Jones and Wanda Jackson, then you will love Sabra and the Get Rights.
Sabra and the Get Rights are made up of accomplished musicians who enjoy each other’s talent and company as they all have the desire to give the people what they want. The group includes Sabra Guzmán on guitar and vocals, David Greely on fiddle and vocals, Joel Savoy on electric guitar, Roger Kash on mandolin, Charles Vincent on drums and vocals and Jo Vidrine on upright bass.
★ Maggie Belle Band ★ Maggie Belle is the product of the New Orleans musical whirlpool – a group of four young musicians who came to the Crescent City from the north, south, east and west, each answering the siren song that beckoned them there. With a sound that has been described as “the rhythm of a J Dilla track and the soulful vocals of an early Grace Slick,” Maggie Belle is truly original. Check out a video clip of this event at The Whirlybird.
This will be a Whirlybird traditional event, which is,
★ BYOB ★
★ Doors open for Food and Socializing 6 pm ★
★ Music around 7 pm ’til 11 pm ★
This event was a collaboration between The Whirlybird and Ryan DeJean, musician and KRVS DJ, who created SickBay, which has been described as “carefully curated community-minded house shows and out-of-the-house shows, collaborative record making, artist-focused promotion, and fun times like whoa, supporting and celebrating the alternative creative community of South Louisiana.” https://www.facebook.com/sickbay.party/
Food by Scratch Farm Kitchen
Are you a first timer for a Whirlybird collaboration? Need directions? Buy your tickets, email Jim and get your secret directions and parking instructions.
May 19, 2017 – The Whirlybird Presents OPELOUSAS HAYRIDE
Feufollet & The Deslondes
The young and vibrant Southwest Louisiana band, Feufollet, takes Cajun, honky-tonk, and string-band music as their starting point, and keeps an open mind about where their song craft will lead them. On Two Universes, their first studio album in over five years, Feufollet proves their Cajun roots don’t define them as much as propel them forward; whispers of the swamp and its time-honored waltzes trigger a modern and broad musical imagination, one that finds equal expression in blues, old-time, country ballads, rock’n’roll, whatever, all for the sake of the song.
The Deslondes are a five-piece band from New Orleans. In the time between the release of their self-titled debut and sophomore album, Hurry Home, The Deslondes have toured the world and drawn critical acclaim for their studied and inventive take on New Orleans country and R&B.
Food by the Plate Lunch Playboys (Jo Vidrine and co)
So, you missed this event? Our motto: Oh you werent’ there? You didn’t miss a thing. But check this out The Deslondes
The Whirlybird presents OPELOUSAS HAYRIDE – John Lilly House Concert
“John Lilly’s brand of folk fused with country and Americana is a sure crowd pleaser. He’s the only guy I can possibly imagine could write a song about his pocketknife (“This Old Knife”) and actually make a very compelling tune out of it. Lilly is highly respected amongst folk, country and old-time musicians all across West Virginia, and when you see his incredibly confident, comfortable and easy style of live performance, it’s not difficult to see why.”
– Dr. Tim, On-line Entertainment Guide
The Whirlybird now has AC thanks to about 100 Friends of The Whirlybird, who are the creative community that supports Whirlybird activities. And, John Lilly’s intimate house concert will be the first event to test the new AC, which is also a top notch heating system and dehumidifier. Jim is coining a new term – “culture in comfort”. This will be a Whirlybird traditional event, which is BYOB and potluck starting at 6 pm with music 7-9 pm. It is an early event on a week night – easy, easy, easy… fun, fun, fun… and get home at a reasonable hour.
Bring a covered dish to share, bring your favorite libations and we will socialize the first hour in the comfy environs of The Whirlybird before John kicks off his intimate evening of original, traditional and classic country music. Jim saw John “wow” the country music-loving fans at the Liberty Theatre in Eunice a few years back. Not only will you hear and feel the soul of country, you will learn something about the history of country music – John is a genuine lover of country music and has become one of Jim’s favorite country music historians.
See Y’all there. The Friends of The Whirlybird know the drill. First-timers, buy your tickets here and then email Jim requesting directions to the underground honky tonk – The Whirlybird.
The Whirlybird presents OPELOUSAS HAYRIDE – Honky Tonk Nite
March 11, 2017 – “OPELOUSAS HAYRIDE- a nod to the Louisiana Hayride of old, the series will feature regional front-runners in country-western/honky tonk, Cajun & Creole, Western Swing with occasional national touring acts…stay tuned!”
This first event speaks directly to the heart of every honky tonk and early country loving fan – Blayze Viator in front of the all-star band, Blayze and Saddles!
Food and Cash bar by Olympic Grove starts at 7 pm – Music at 8 pm
The Revelers Lundi Gras Party at The Whirlybird
Here they are – AT THE FRIGG’N GRAMMIES, Y’ALL!!
Monday, Feb. 27th, 2017 Y’all, The Revelers and The Whirlybird on Lundi Gras – dreams do come true. As usual at the ‘Bird, somebody’ll be cooking and food will be available for purchase. BYOB
The Whirlybird Presents Jesse Lege & Albanie Falletta
DANCE PARTY! It’s that time again, folks! October is upon us, and many of our friends and loved ones are coming back to town for so many of the amazing events that are hosted here in SW Louisiana. And like last year, we’re throwing another huge party out at The Whirlybird in Opelousas, the night before Blackpot Camp begins!
SAT OCT 22 • 630 PM • BYOB!
At the Whirlybird
Chef Jared Harner’s yummy food at reasonable prices! BYOB!
JESSE LÉGE is the real deal. Growing up in a rural, pre-electricity home in Gueydan, Louisiana, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors, and the family’s much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world. He has won numerous CFMA (Cajun French Music Association) awards: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and Song of the Year, and in 1998 he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame. http://www.jesselege.com/
A native of Monroe, Louisiana, ALBANIE FALLETTA was in her formative years exposed to the local music of Louisiana: the sounds of cajun, zydeco, blues and gospel musics at festivals and backyard parties.
Shortly after relocating with her family to San Marcos, Texas at the age of nine, Albanie began taking guitar lessons and developing an interest in acoustic-roots and electric blues, punk rock, and hair metal. Albanie began her love and study of early American Jazz as a freshman in highschool in Wimberley, Texas, when she was exposed to the Parisian Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Listening fervently to recordings of Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and other such great figures of jazz, she began to develop her feel for swing. Soon she was performing alongside mentors and other players of the Austin scene where she lived and performed in the years after high school.
In the summer of 2013 Albanie relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is currently living and performing with various traditional jazz and swing ensembles. Since the summer of 2015, Albanie has also been doing solo performances featuring her original songs.
The Nouveau String Band CD Release Party at The Whirlybird
WARNING: Art, fun, love, happiness, the urge to dance & singalong, clap your hands and snap your fingers, hug and kiss friends – just a few of the things you will have to deal with when you get your copy of The Nouveau String Band’s new CD – THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP. The release party is at – yes, to amplify the experience – The Whirlybird – on Friday the 13th of May – you’ve been warned.
The music by Jimmie, Danny, Lee, Dave and Buck, well, that’s what’s at the root of all that stuff you got to deal with once you have your copy of The Great American Road Trip. The CD cover artwork is classic Americana and will be in a museum near you soon – thank you, Erin Broussard. But, you do not have to go to a museum, you can come to the party and – GET IT ALL!
John Doyle & Ashley Davis Live at The Whirlybird, Thursday, May 12th
Dublin-born John Doyle (www.johndoylemusic.com) is universally recognized as a leader of contemporary Celtic and folk guitarists. His early fame came from his work with Solas where he created a style of guitar playing that has since influenced generations of guitarists and received a Grammy nomination in 2010, for his work with fiddler Liz Carroll. Now a staple within the Irish and American folk communities, pairing with such greats as Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, you will find Doyle’s name listed in the liner notes of who’s who in the folk world. His top-shelf playing is matched only by his songwriting and story-telling, all essential aspects of a splendid evening of entertainment. He has 3 solo albums to date that span exceptional writing to retakes on traditional folk pieces from his native land of Ireland.
Ashley Davis (www.daisyrings.com) is a rising star within the same audiences, adding 6 albums to the Celtic canon over the past decade. As creator of beautiful, lush melodies sung with a gorgeous, romantic style, Davis has also frequently teamed with current (Sarah Watkins) and eternal (Paddy Maloney) stars in her popular output. NBC’s Today Show described her songs and sound as “new music springing from ancient roots” and was recently named one of the most influential Irish-Americans under the age of 40 for her work within this field.
The Doyle/Davis team is in its third year. Starting with a 2013 collaboration on the lovely classic “Barbara Allen,” they have blended both their writing and performing talents on several projects, including a very popular 2015 Christmas album (“The Christmas Sessions.”) Together they form one of the most fetching and enjoyable duos in the American Celtic/folk genre, and never fail to deliver a joyful evening of songs, smiles and satisfaction.
With roots all over North America, the Malvinas pull together a broad palette of regional colors including: the Blues-tinged grooves of the deep South, the spicy Cajun flavors of Louisiana, the Celtic modes of Eastern Canada and the libertarian troubadour tradition of the Lone Star State. In it for the long haul, their tight harmonies and quirky instrumentation create a high energy sound that never forgets that to make great music, you start with a great song.
The Whirlybird is not just another venue for great music and great fun. It is an artistic expression of the creative human heart over-flowing with fun and goodwill. And, it is where, according to Nashville recording artist, Fawn Larson, in her song about growing up on the cultural gumbo dished out at The Whirlybird, you “enter a stranger, and leave as a friend.”
If you missed The Malvinas at The Whirlybird, when “The Bird” was out at Christy and Jim’s camp, well, as they say at The Whirlybird, “Oh, you weren’t there? You didn’t miss a thing.” We highly recommend that you do not miss this event.
Friday October 23rd, 2015
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones (Kelli Jones-Savoy’s dad 🙂 are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths who live in Galax, Virginia. They are married – in life and music. Southern song-duets and powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse sets. They play with ease, spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse by composing new, tradition-rooted music. Carl and Erynn’s original tunes and songs are played by many musicians play around the world and Carl’s song, Last Time on the Road was featured on the grammy-award winning album “Unleashed” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Instrumentally, Marshall and Jones have won many awards for their playing including Erynn’s 1st place fiddle win at Clifftop and Carl’s 3rd place fingerpicking-guitar win at Winfield – both premier festivals in the United States. In the last year Marshall and Jones performed in 25 states, Canada, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. In 2015 they released a duet CD called Sweet memories… never leave. For more information on these traditional artists please visit www.dittyville.com
Erynn and Carl play Maple on the Hill and the Lohman Waltz at a house concert in Colorado.
Erynn, Carl and friends play Brushy Fork of John’s Creek in the Clifftop band finals
Erynn is interviewed by Virginia Voices at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention
Revelers Sendoff to The Grammies
Black Pot in The New York Times: Click Here
Honky Tonk’n At It’s Best with The Get Rights