Louisiana's Lost Bayou Ramblers announce 'hiatus'



After earning a Grammy nomination for its acclaimed 2017 album Kalenda, venerable Cajun rock 'n' roll outfit Lost Bayou Ramblers is taking a break.

The group announced it will take a hiatus after its upcoming slate of shows through summer.
After almost 20 years of non-stop touring, recording, and rambling, we've decided it's time for a little break. Lost Bayou Ramblers will be taking a hiatus after this summer season. It's been an amazing journey since our beginning in 1999, when Andre and Louis took the first gig offer to play with family and friends at a small café in Lafayette. Neither of them could have imagined that the band would take them to so many amazing places, playing on stages from lumberjack bars in California, to dinner clubs north of the arctic circle when the sun never sets. We have made it through countless van breakdowns, cracked engines, hurricanes, and dodged tornadoes, floods, and snow storms, and always managed to get thru the rough patches and make it on stage to do what we love: play music.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us every step of the way, and we hope to be back soon making more music and sharing great moments with all of you. As in all labors of love, the time of rest is just as important as the time of creating, and we've been lucky enough to have a prolific couple decades, without ever having given ourselves a true break, and now it's our time. We're really looking forward to these last few seasons of shows, and we hope to see y'all once more before our hiatus.
The band's energetic, idiosyncratic style built on its foundation of Cajun music, captured on acclaimed releases like 2012 breakthrough Mammoth Waltz and live on stages around the world. The band also scored the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, and last year's critically lauded, genre-spanning Kalenda revealed a new chapter for a band that has spent nearly two decades opening ears and minds to the possibilities of south Louisiana sounds.

The band is scheduled to perform Feb. 1 at the New Orleans Jazz Market for the Save Our Sponge concert to benefit wetlands restoration and at the Maple Leaf at 11 p.m. Feb. 11.

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