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Monday, February 22, 2016

Louisiana musicians rally for Bernie Sanders

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 5:20 PM

click to enlarge Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. - CREATIVE COMMONS/AFGE
  • Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders is a Buckwheat Zydeco fan. And, according to Buck, it's mutual. Dozens other Louisiana musicians are preparing for several concerts to benefit the senator's presidential campaign in advance of the state's March 5 primary.

New Orleans Musicians for Bernie Sanders
hosts a fundraising drive and concert at 30/90 Frenchmen (520 Frenchmen St.) at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, with music from Claude Bryant, Russell Batiste Jr., Phil Breen, Carlo Ditta, Joe Krown, Billy Iuso, Brian Stoltz, Marc Stone, and Jimbo Walsh, among others.

Musicians Eric "Benny" Bloom, Billy Franklin and Luke Quaranta also assembled Bern Fest at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St.). The concert and crawfish boil includes music from Eric "Benny" Bloom & Gemini, Smoke 'N' Bones, Pirate's Choice and the Sam Price Duo. Admission is $10.

And in Lafayette, there is Bernie Man. The event features Chubby Carrier, Steve Riley, Terrance Simien, Cedric Watson and members of Feufollet and GIVERS, among others, including an "all-star Cajun and zydeco jam," a discussion forum and silent auction. The event is 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at Warehouse 535(525 Garfield St.) in Lafayette. Admission is $10.

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