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Houmapalooza, a free, outdoor music festival that showcases original music, will be held in Courthouse Square in downtown Houma, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.  The all-day festival will feature ten (10) independent bands performing their own original music starting at noon and ending at 10pm.

Interested food vendors should contact the Arts Council for more information. You may access the application by clicking on the link below.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 8, 2013

2013 Fall Food Vendor Application

Please note that we have received several applications with food items that will be sold which we will not duplicate. Below are the food items that are currently being sold.

Seafood Gumbo with Potato Salad, Nachos, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chili Cheese and Plain French Fries, Crawfish Pasta, Fried Chicken Wings, Fried Fish, Sweet Potato Pie, Pecan, Peanut Butter and Coconut Candy, Bread Pudding, Cake Pops, Apple and Peach Cobbler, Blackberry Dumplings, Sweet Potato Bread, Lemon and Apple Pie, Lemon and Coconut Cake, Tea Cakes and Sock it to Me Cake.

Have questions? Please feel free to contact the Arts Council at 985-873-6367.



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The Houma Regional Arts Council invites musicians and bands
of all genres to submit applications to perform at the Houmapalooza Music
Festival to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from noon-10pm.

Houmapalooza is a bi-annual, all-day outdoor music festival that showcases original,
independent musicians and bands from across South Louisiana held in Courthouse
Square in downtown Houma, LA. This quickly growing festival was created to give
unsigned bands that perform original music the opportunity for public exposure
in a South Louisiana festival setting.

Ten bands will be selected to each perform for one hour during the 10-hour
festival. No performance fees will be paid to the selected bands, however, the
bands selected will receive professional development opportunities and will be
invited to attend exclusive musician workshops free of charge that include
topics such as music copyrighting, creating press kits, and managing contracts.
In addition, bands selected will be a part of highly visible marketing for the festival, targeting music lovers from across Louisiana and surrounding states.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 15, 2013

Please click on the link below to access the Call to Musicians Form and Band Application.


Fall 2013 Band application

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Have you ever wished that you could design a Houmapalooza T- shirt? If so, here’s your chance!

The Houma Regional Arts Council will donate a $50.00 Visa gift card as well as a complimentary t-shirt to the winner of the first ever Houmapalooza Music Festival T-shirt Design Contest. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 19, 2013.

Have Questions? Please contact the Houma Regional Arts Council at (985) 873-6367 or email You may also visit Houmapalooza’s Facebook page by clicking here for more information.

Please click on the link below to access the entry form as well as all rules and regulations.

Fall 2013 T shirt Design Entry Form


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This Fall 2013 Houmapalooza will be held on Saturday, November 16th at Courthouse Square in historic downtown Houma. Hope to see y’all there!

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Fall 2013 Houmapalooza Musician and Food Vendor Applications to be Released Soon

Are you or someone you know interested in performing in or being a food vendor at Houmapalooza this Fall? Applications will be available soon. Keep an eye on this page and be sure to follow Houmapalooza on Facebook by clicking here.


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April 6, 2013 Houmapalooza Line Up


Houmapalooza, an outdoor music festival to be held in Courthouse Square in historic downtown Houma, will be on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from noon-10pm.  The all-day event will feature 10 independent bands performing their original music starting at noon. The lineup is:

12pm (noon)   The Upstarts

1pm                 The Josh Garrett Band

2pm                 The Beautiful Hips

3pm                 Truth Universal and DJ E.F. Cuttin’

4pm                 Southern Redemption

5pm                 Awake the Bride

6pm                 The Jak Locke Rock Show

7pm                 ArchAnimals

8pm                 imagineIAM

9pm                 Coyotes


The lineup for the fall includes bands from across Louisiana, and features original music of different genres including funk, indie rock, rock, progressive rock, hard rock, ska/reggae, and hiphop among others.

A second stage will also be featured during the festival highlighting local gospel groups. The second stage is a new addition the festival, and will feature a different genre of music for each festival. This spring festival will feature gospel music as well as performances by area dance groups.

The lineup for the Gospel Stage is:


                        12pm (noon)   Vessels of Praise (music)

                                                Plymouth Rock Season Dancers (performance)

                                                Residence Baptist Church Youth Groups (performance)


                        1pm                 Magnolia Methodist (music)

                                                Angels All Around Dance Team (performance)

                                                Truth Royal Praisers (performance)                                      


                        2pm                 Chris Burrell and the New Dimension (music)

                                                Rock of Ages Dance Team & Cheer Ministry (performance)


                        3pm                 RECC Youth Choir (music)

                                                Niepraise NRSBC Season Dancers (performance)


                        4pm                 Joel Jones Workshop Chorus (music)


                        5pm                 Joel Jones Male Chorus (music)

                                                Kenyhon Douglas (performance)


                        6pm                 Howard Nixon and the New Rising Sun Soul Specials (music)

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Houmapalooza Announces Workshop Series April 2 – April 6

A recent addition to the festival includes a week-long music themed workshop and lecture series leading up to the festival. Musicians can learn how to copyright their music, and hear various lectures from local experts about different music subjects. The workshop and lecture series is partially supported by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. The workshop and lecture series schedule is:

Tuesday, April 2, 5-7:30pm: Cajun Music Jam Night with James Jag and Friends

Every Tuesday evening at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum in downtown Houma, James Jag and Friends lead a Cajun Music Jam night. Dancing and singing along are encouraged!

Wednesday, April 3, 6-8pm: Marketing Toolbox for Musicians

This is a two hour workshop that will address: social media and internet marketing, securing copyrights and intellectual property, licensing music, plus answers to your questions. Musicians are heavily encouraged to attend this free workshop led by Ashlye Keaton  with the Arts Council of New Orleans ELLA (Entertainment Legal Law Assistance) Project. Ashlye Keaton has served as Supervising Attorney for ELLA since its inception.  She has a background in entertainment law and intellectual property law, and is an adjunct professor at both Tulane Law School and the University of New Orleans. Ms. Keaton graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School.   Also a performing and visual artist, Ms. Keaton is approachable and relates personally to the ELLA clients.  In 2009, Ms. Keaton was awarded the 40 Under 40 in Gambit magazine. Only 30 spaces are available for this free workshop, and musicians are encouraged to RSVP to the Arts Council at (985) 873-6367. This workshop will be held at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Avenue, Houma.

Thursday, April 4, 6-9pm: Poet Tree

This public exhibition of poets, artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers will be showcasing and speaking about their work and sharing an open mic at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Avenue, Houma. Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend.

Friday, April 5, 5:30-10pm: Activities in downtown Houma, including Downtown Live After 5

Downtown Live After 5 will be held in Courthouse Square featuring Caleb Elliot at 5:30 and Bandit at 7pm. Caleb Elliot will be the Houmapalooza Lecture Series’s Keynote speaker and performer, and will perform his original music while speaking about his songwriting experiences. He grew up outside Natchitoches, La., and played cello at Carnegie Hall before his 18th birthday. Since relocating to Lafayette, La., he’s played countless live shows and honed his songwriting, musical and production chops. On his debut release, “Where You Wanna Be,” he’s joined by some of the finest names in south Louisiana music for a collection of strikingly original songs and arrangements. Vocalist Susan Cowsill, bassist Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra, drummer Doug Belote, fiddler Mitch Reed of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and guitarist Sam Broussard of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys all contributed their talents to this collection of songs running the gamut from the power-pop of “I Don’t Mind” to the gritty overdrive of “Run.”

Saturday, April 6, noon-10pm:

Houmapalooza Music Festival Featuring Main Stage and Gospel Stage in the Courthouse Square and surrounding area. Food and drinks will be available (no ice chests, please) and food items available will include: jambalaya, sausage poboys, BBQ hamburgers, grilled chicken, fried drummets, hot dogs, smoked turkey legs, nachos, chili fritos, popcorn, blackberry dumplings, sweet potato pies, coconut pies, lemon pies, apple pies, peach cobbler, tea cakes, pecan pralines, peanut butter candy, and coconut candy among other items.

Saturday, April 6, 10pm-2am: HOUMAPALOOZA…ON TAP!

Listen to the current Houmapalooza lineup bands and bands from previous lineups at various live music venues in the downtown Houma area. There are eight (8) live music venues downtown participating to date. Maps and a schedule of performances will be available at the festival with updated information.






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HOUMAPALOOZA Food Vendor Application Deadline March 29, 2013

Are you or someone you know interested in being a food vendor at Houmapalooza on April 6? Be sure to get those applications in now! The deadline for applications is March 29.

Below are the food items that are scheduled to be sold.

  • Black berry dumping, Sweet potato pies, Coconut pies, Lemon pies, Apple pies, Sock it to me cake, Lemon cake, Coconut cake, Peach cobbler, Apple cobbler and Tea cake
  • Grilled chicken on a stick
  •  Fried drummets and French fries
  • Cajun Jambalaya
  • Pecan candy, Peanut butter candy and Coconut candy
  • BBQ hamburgers and Potato chips
  • Nachos (chili and cheese), Chili fritos (dressed or plain) and Popcorn
  • Sausage Poboys
  • Turkey, Corn and Potatoes
  • Hot dogs (With or without Chili)

Please find the application below.

Food Vendor Application

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