COURTESY LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS
Lost Bayou Ramblers.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers
' raucous, off-the-cuff live album Live: A La Blue Moon
received a Grammy Award nomination in 2008. Its next live album, 2014's play-it-loud Live at Gasa Gasa
, arrived practically dripping with punk show sweat. Its latest live release — this month's Rue Vermilion Revival
— winds the clock back to 1999. The recording captures the band's first-ever performance and embryonic, rock 'n' roll roadhouse embrace of Cajun tradition and revival.
Band founder Louis Michot tells Bandcamp
that proceeds from the release will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Foundation Acadiana and Vermilionville to aid in flood relief following August's devastating floods.
The band's debut in August 1999 at Lafayette's Cafe Rue Vermilion was "a watershed moment that continues to change the contours of Cajun music," writes Ryan Andre Brasseaux in the album's liner notes on Bandcamp
. "When the band launched into the enchanting strains of the Cajun Mardi Gras song, all of the patrons followed Louis and the band into the streets of Lafayette. We invaded downtown restaurants and bars — singing, chanting, and playing — evoking the cultural right-of-way of the courir de Mardi Gras."
The band holds a "roving fundraiser" beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Lafayette's Lagniappe Records, then moving to Reve Coffee and Jefferson Street Pub and ending at the space on Vermillion Street that formerly housed Cafe Rue Vermilion.