UPDATE, 3/11/22: Tonight’s Downtown Alive! start date has been rescheduled due to weather. The live, in-person series will now begin next Friday, March 25. Today’s set with High Performance + The Daquiris has been rescheduled for Friday, April 1. The line-up below will be revised.

Original: LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Downtown Lafayette Unlimited (DLU) has announced the return of Downtown Alive! (DTA!) live, in-person music starting on Friday, March 11. The series features a diverse lineup and will bring back beloved traditions as well as forge new ones.

DLU says that its focus throughout the Spring is to leverage partnerships with community organizers and institutions to maximize DTA! programming.

Event organizers say interest in the return of a nearly 40-year tradition is encouraging. “Of course, we are thrilled to have Evangeline Maid return as the presenting sponsor of the Spring season of DTA!, and we are also grateful for our returning and new sponsors who believe in supporting downtown community programming,” said Anita Begnaud, CEO of the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited.

The season kick-off will feature High Performance + Daiquiri Queens that will welcome back the Acadiana community with a throwback version of the series, a street party performance on Vermilion and Jefferson streets. 

The second show on the main stage at Parc International featuring Marc Broussard + The Good Dudes on Friday, March 25 will double as the Realtor Association of Acadiana “Tour de Riz”, a “something over rice” cooking competition on Polk Street.

“Everyone wants to know if DTA! is coming back, and when we are releasing the dates and lineup,” Begnaud said. “We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to DTA!.”

Begnaud said that DTA! began as an effort to leverage live music to draw people to Downtown Lafayette and support local businesses, and they’re staying true to that tradition nearly 40 years later.

The series begins in March and runs through May. The lineup is listed below:

DTA! + Tour du RizFriday, March 25 Marc Broussard + The Good Dudes Parc International
DTA! Street PartyNew Date: Friday, April 1High Performance + Daquiri QueensVermilion St. @ Jefferson
DTA! Sunday BrunchSunday, May 8Mother’s Day CelebrationJefferson Street
DTA! Bach LunchFriday, May 13UL Lafayette School of MusicParc Sans Souci
DTA!Friday, May 13Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys + Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco KrushParc Sans Souci
DTA! Bach LunchFriday, May 20Cedric Watson et Bijou CreoleParc Sans Souci
DTA!Friday, May 20Dyer County + The BucksParc Sans Souci
DTA! Local PaloozaSaturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29Clay Cormier & The Highway Boys, Lil’ Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers, Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Lost Bayou Ramblers + many moreParc International & Parc Sans Souci