LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Festivals and concerts across Acadiana have been packed since we can gather together again in a post-COVID world. One national act that was set to play in Downtown Lafayette in 2020 is finally making its way to Parc International to celebrate growth and development in the heart of the Hub City.
“Downtown Rising is a celebration of all of Downtown, the latest and greatest. We are excited to have so many awesome local bands that are making impact here in the community opening for some really cool national acts,” said Guz Rezende of Social Entertainment.
One of those local bands is The Debtors, an indie rock band formed right here in Lafayette. The five members who all have ties to the area write their own music. The band has been together for three years and includes Vocalist Casey Umphries with Brandon Bourque and Kyle McMahon on guitars,Shane Beard on bass, and Cole Stafford on drums. The Debtors along with eight other local acts will be opening for the Cold War Kids on June 4.
“This is big for us as a band but it also is huge and local community. For the restaurants, bars, venues everyone in general it just gets people downtown,” said Bourque.
Businesses in the area are excited to show off the growing community that is Downtown Lafayette. Madeline Groth, a Downtown small business owner, talked about the growing support in Downtown Lafayette because of the tight-knit community. Residents are ready for everyone to see all the work they’ve been putting in.
“It’s about residential, retail, and restaurants we’ve been adding over the last number of years and they really made Downtown Lafayette thrive,” Anita Begnaud, CEO of Downtown Development Authority said.“When you come out to Downtown Rising this year, you are helping us celebrate this growth and this momentum. We are saying downtown is rising and it will continue to rise.”