Lost Bayou Ramblers will take a long break from performing after finishing a “farewell” tour next month.
The Grammy winning band announced a hiatus lasting from November of this year through April of 2019, the longest step away from the stage the band has taken in 20 years. To say goodbye, for now, the band will rock a many-city tour kicking off September 7 in Lafayette.
According to a press release, the band will remain relatively busy while on hiatus from performing. “During their “break,” they’re scoring another film, a Lost Bayou Ramblers documentary being produced by Worklight Pictures, slated for 2019 release. Outside of this last bit of band business, the individual members have plenty planned to keep themselves busy till they reconvene,” they say. As individuals, Lost Bayou Ramblers members each have independent projects keeping them busy. Guitarist Jonny Campos will release an album with his group, The Carbon Poppies. Eric Heigle will be busy mixing and producing for The Soul Rebels, 79ers Gang, Motel Radio and others. Andre Michot will join Eric in performing as The Riverband Ramblers, along with Andre’s wife Johanna Divine.
Louis Michot will helm releases on his Nouveau Electric Records imprint, an indie label he founded this year to “promote experimental and traditional music inspired by the language, people and culture of South Louisiana.” Louis’ electric string-band project “Michot’s Melody Makers” with fellow Ramblers Bryan Webre and Kirkland Middleton will be doing shows as well to promote the release of their debut album. Besides appearing with the Melody Makers, bassist Webre plans on recording with his band Tonomono who celebrate the sounds of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora with an added electronic edge.
Check out dates for Lost Bayou Ramblers’ upcoming performances below:
Lost Bayou Ramblers Farewell (for now) Tour
September 7, 9pm Jefferson St. Pub, Lafayette w/ Grand Nathaniel and the Ghosts
September 8, 11pm Maple Leaf Bar, New Orleans
September 14, 7pm The U.S. Mint, Friends of the Cabildo, New Orleans
September 15, 5pm New Orleans Irish Festival
September 21, 10pm Continental Club, Austin TX w/ The Rayo Brothers
September 22, 10pm Continental Club, Houston TX w/ The Rayo Brothers
September 27, 7:30pm The Music Box, Cleveland
September 28, 8pm The Locks at Sona, Philadelphia, PA
September 29, 4pm Chili Pepper Festival, Brooklyn, NY
September 30, 2pm Preservation Hall, New Orleans (special acoustic set)
October 4, 10pm Texas Rice Festival, Winnie TX
October 5, 10pm The Holiday Lounge, Mamou LA, w/ The Sarcotics
October 6, 3pm Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville LA
October 12 10pm Blue Moon Saloon, Lafayette LA
October 13 2:30pm Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, Lafayette LA
October 13 9pm The Wurst Biergarten, Lafayette LA
October 26 8pm Blackpot Festival, Lafayette LA
October 27 9pm One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, w/ Givers