Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne wants to help pay the way for Louisiana's 2014 Grammy nominees to travel to the awards show in Los Angeles later this month, so he's hosting a fundraiser towards that effort Saturday night. Dardenne says the event at Baton Rouge Magnet High will feature a few of the artists who received such a great honor.
"The Hot 8 Brass Band, Zachary Richard and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience will be performing, all of whom have been nominated for Grammy's," Dardenne said. "We have 11 nominees and we want to help to defray some of the travel costs so that they can all be there."
Dardenne says tickets to the show are $25 and you can get them at the door or online at LouisianaTravel.com.
He says Louisiana has had at least one Grammy nominee every year since the inception of the awards show, except for 1960 and 1970.
"And in the past decade we've usually had double figure nominees as we do this year," Dardenne says. "So Louisiana's a huge contributor to the American music scene and the Grammy's is obviously an opportunity to recognize that."
The Grammy Awards Ceremony will be held on January 26th.
The other Grammy nominees from Louisiana are Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw, Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard, Bobby Rush, Andrew Duhon, Bishop Paul S. Morton and PJ Morton. Additionally, two Grammy-nominated compilation albums featuring Dege Legg, the Savoy Family Band, the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band and David Doucet. Grammy nods include nominations in Best Regional Roots, Best Americana Roots and best album or performance in jazz, country, blues, R&B and gospel.
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