“Sing it one more time like that” will be the theme of the night as the songs of a founding member of Lil’ Band O’ Gold, keyboardist and vocalist David Egan, ring through the streets for Downtown Alive! at 6 p.m. Friday at Parc Sans Souci.
Egan has been battling the return of lung cancer.
“Our musical brother David has been in a big fight for his health since earlier this year,” said LBOG guitarist, vocalist and ringleader C.C. Adcock. “His lung cancer has returned, and we’re going to send a lot of love and light, and all that great music of his back to him through this gig.”
Egan’s swamp pop group will grow even larger for the event, which will feature keyboardist Jon Cleary at the top of a long list of special guests from across Egan’s storied career. Bandmates from A-Train, Filé and Egan’s 20 Years of Trouble will perform, along with musical friends and collaborators including Tommy McLain, Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal, Sonny Landreth and Roddie Romero.
“I’d like to be up there playing with the band,” Egan said, “but I know they’ll do me proud.”
Egan’s songs – including the above-referenced “Sing It” – have been covered by a long and diverse list of artists over the years, including Solomon Burke, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Irma Thomas, Percy Sledge, Marcia Ball and Marc Broussard.
Egan’s music, like that of his bandmates in LBOG, is an eclectic blend of Cajun, Creole, rock, soul and blues influences. Many Egan’s songs will be featured in this extended tribute set.
When Adcock, accordionist and vocalist Steve Riley, bassist Dave Ranson, drummer Clarence “Jockey” Etienne, steel guitarist John Troutman, and the St. Martin Horns – Dickie Landry and Pat Breaux – take the stage, they’ll write another chapter in the much celebrated history of the band and our regional music.
Adcock and Riley co-founded this Lafayette-based band in 1998, inspired by the swamp pop heroes of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Adcock, who has shared the stage as a guitarist with Bo Diddley and Buckwheat Zydeco, is a musical contributor to the HBO series “True Blood.” He plays a prevalent role in nurturing relationships between new and old artists to further swamp pop. Riley is the head man of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, a four-time Grammy nominated group; he’s also a Grammy winner with the group Courtboullion.
DTA! begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverage concessions and musical performances from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please leave your ice chests at home with your pets.
For more information, visit downtownlafayette.org. Downtown Alive! is produced by Downtown Lafayette in cooperation with Lafayette Consolidated Government.