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Musical Fun in Iberia Parish

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By Brittany Racca

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." - Bob Marley

Music is a topic that can spark numerous heated debates. From Bon Jovi to George Strait, Beatles to One Direction, Beyonce to Elvis, music is the one constant in an ever-changing world. Even though styles change and melodies evolve, the heart of music remains emotion.

Iberia Parish has always been a supporter of the arts, and this holiday season it will offer lots of musical opportunities for your family to enjoy.

Broadway on the Bayou:

On Nov. 1, New Iberia Beneath the Balconies returns. The event is a series of theatrical presentations and musical performances on selected balconies along New Iberia's award-winning Main Street starting at 2 p.m. It begins at Shadows-on-the-Teche. It is recommended to bring a lawn chair. Before the event, visitors can enjoy "Lunch, Shopping and Music by the Berry Classics" in downtown New Iberia from noon to 2 p.m. Local shops will be open and lunch will be available in Bouligny Plaza and at local restaurants.

The Iberia Performing Arts League's (IPAL) musical "Godspell" will run Nov. 6 - 9 and 13 - 16. Godspell is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. The production is based primarily on the "Gospel According to St. Matthew." The main story of Godspell is portrayed in the way the actors interact with their leader in coming together to create a loving community.

Move to the Music:

The Jeanerette Community Development Corporation is hosting Jeanerette Live on Nov. 8. The event will feature live music by Krossfyre, food, shopping and kids activities on Main Street in Jeanerette. The entire day's musical lineup includes Yum Yum Band, The Five O’clock Shadows, The Great Pretenders, Vibes R&B Band and Krossfyre, who will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Celebrate Culture:

Iberia celebra sus raíces españolas! From Nov. 14 - 16, New Iberia will be celebrating its Spanish roots during El Festival Espanol de Nueva Iberia. The Steamboat Pavilion in Bouligny Plaza will have live music from 10:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. One of the highlights of the festival is the authentic flamenco dancer who will perform live in the plaza and hypnotize the crowd with traditional Spanish steps, sways and swings. There will be a "Running of the Bulls" 5K and 1 mile fun run, re-enactment of the arrival of the Spanish on Bayou Teche, paella and tapas cookoff, arts and crafts, fais-do-do, food demonstrations, original Spanish family genealogy, guest lectures, exhibits and much more.

Holiday Hymns:

Just in time for Christmas, Sounds of the Season ushers in the holiday tunes on Nov. 30 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Iberia. The Free Christmas concert by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, presented by the Iberia Cultural Resources Association, will feature familiar Christmas songs as well as classical selections.