Abita Springs is a lovely little town north of Lake Pontchartrain. It is the home of the Abita Springs Opry, Abita Beer and the Northshore Cajun Dancers monthly concert. A group called the Cultural Alliance for the Americas is sponsoring a concert showing the overlap of Cajun and Western swing music on Oct. 1, 2011. The article in Nola.com is a little hard to read. It mentions the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Michael Doucet without actually saying that they are going to play. And it gives a URL for the organization that actually belongs to a school in Tanzania. Something is going to happen in the Abita Town Hall, but whether it’s Cajun and Western Swing or Tanzanian school children remains to be seen.
Update (Sept. 26, 2011): More information and tickets are available at the Cultural Alliance for the Americas’ correct web site: http://www.caota.org/Cultural_Alliance/Louisiana_Swing_Tickets.html. They are $25/person in advance and $30 at the door. It will last between two and two and a half hours, from the organizers. And, great news: there will be space to dance. Also food and drink will be available. I will see you there!