Neville, Twitty to be honored

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 14, 2003

FERRIDAY &045; The late Conway Twitty, Aaron Neville and former Louisiana Gov. Jimmy Davis will be inducted into the Delta Music Hall of Fame at the Delta Music Festival on April 5.

The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with local bands performing in the morning and the Louisiana Music Cavalcade performing in the afternoon.

The Louisiana Music Cavalcade is a program supervised by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office to promote Louisiana culture and music and introduce a new generation of performers.

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Scott Madere, public information officer with the secretary of state’s office, said that the program is designed to get talented, but not well known, musicians exposure. The cavalcades roster for 2003 consists of 14 acts that range in age and music genres.

Three of the 14 musical acts were also on the tour last year. The 14 new acts were selected from 100 other musicians that auditioned in from of a panel of judges from the media and recording industry.

Madere said that even though the cavalcade is composed of musicians that have not had a lot of exposure, &uot;they’re really good and will surprise you.&uot;

The cavalcade tours all through cities in Louisiana and made 12 stops last year that drew a combined audience of more than 100,000 listeners.

By the end of last year’s cavalcade tour, seven performers signed recording or management contracts.

&uot;We always joke its (cavalcade) the Louisiana version of star search or American Idol,&uot; said Madere.

In addition to the cavalcade performances, Michael Twitty will be performing in tribute of his

father &045; Conway Twitty.

Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers will be performing for the street dance part of the festival on Louisiana Avenue from 8 p.m. until midnight.