As Lafayette’s LAfestival and Mobile, Alabama’s LoDa Live have shown, New Orleans isn’t the only Gulf Coast city with a burgeoning independent rock scene worth showing off. Just an hour to our southwest lies Houma, home to an historically interesting musical culture that spans from the Cajun tradition to Blues men like Tab Benoit to sludge-metal pioneers Acid Bath. This past spring, the Houma Regional Arts Council took a stab at the outdoor festival game with Houmapalooza, a one-day event at Courthouse Square that was such a resounding success that organizers have decided to make it a twice-a-year event.
2011’s second Houmapalooza will take place Saturday, November 5 and will feature another lineup of the area’s most unique and out-of-the-box artists. Luling-based Toast Beards, a rock n’ roll four-piece with a mean avant-garde streak and a penchant for loud, swampy improvisation, will take the stage early in the afternoon followed soon after by the prolific and multi-talented Jak Locke, who – in addition to being known for his numerous genre-jumping musical endeavors and self-produced video art – recently earned the distinction of having developed the only video game ever based on the seminal television show Twin Peaks.
Elsewhere, Houma natives like alternative pop band Autumn High, hard rock duo Baby Bee and freakout space rockers Chaos of the Cosmos will be making appearances throughout the day, as will be Baton Rouge indie rock band England in 1819 and Lake Charles hip hop duo AF the Naysayer X Luke St. John. Finally Ben Labat and the Happy Devil, after headlining the last Houmapalooza, will be returning to round out this Fall lineup, which should prove to be a worthy sequel to a fun and successful Spring.