Amanda Shaw will be joining hosts Charles Laborde and Jim Hobbs during the Cajun/Zydeco Show on Sunday, March 17 (12-2p). Amanada is coming in to share news of the launch of La Joie d’Louisiane, which pays homage to Louisiana culture and heritage. The event series will launch on Sunday, March 24 with performances every Sunday during Lent until Easter Sunday at Ye Olde College Inn.
La Joie d’Louisiane, which is French for The Joy of Louisiana, represents the first time Ye Olde College Inn has hosted a Cajun brunch since Hurricane Katrina. With this special series, the local fiddler returns to her roots in Cajun music, and shares the influence it has had on her 20-year career. La Joie d’Louisiane will focus on another dimension of Shaw’s talent, adding to the impressive repertoire that fans have come to know and love.
"Music is such a big part of my life because I have been performing since I was four," said Shaw. "I became a musician, and fell in love with Louisiana culture by playing Cajun songs. As I have grown as an artist, so has the music I share with my fans, but Cajun music will always remain in my heart and I am so proud to honor my roots with La Joie d’Louisiane."
Regionally renowned as a New Breed Roots artist, Shaw continues to give Gulf Coast audiences a diverse look at her talent with entertainment ranging from big stage festival performances to intimate listening room tours.
Over the past year, the talented musician added to her resume with the release of Please, Call Me Miss Shaw and the launch of the Amanda Shaw Foundation, as well as the presentation of a regionally broadcasted modern day variety program, Amanda Shaw’s Cajun Christmas Special. La Joie d’Louisiane builds on the next chapter of that Cajun culture story.
"Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys breakfast at Ye Olde College Inn had become a staple," said John Blancher, owner of Rock-n-Bowl and Ye Olde College Inn. "I can’t tell you how many people have waxed fondly of those mornings. We finally have the opportunity to present those fond memories back to our community."
La Joie d’Louisiane is open to the public for a $15 admission. Admission to the event includes an intimate, authentic Cajun session with a little storytelling and a delicious brunch. Sunday morning spirits will be available at the bar. Staying true to her love for Louisiana, Shaw is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to donate canned goods to families in the Lafayette area – serving the heart of Cajun Country. Guests bringing in nonperishable canned good items will receive an exclusive event branded reusable bag, autographed by Shaw.