Irma Thomas, "The Soul Queen of New Orleans," will appear in a special program hosted by The Acadiana Center for the Arts' award-winning Louisiana Crossroads program. Thomas, one of Louisiana's most important and influential artists, has been at the peak of the R&B world for more than 50 years and will perform in the James Devin Moncus Theater.

Thomas' very first single, (You Can Have My Husband But Please) Don't Mess With My Man, hit number 22 on the National Billboard charts in 1959. From that point on she had numerous chart-topping hits, including the legendary Time Is On My Side, which the Rolling Stones covered almost as soon as it hit the airwaves. By copying Irma's vocals and arrangement practically note for note, the song earned the Stones their first Top Ten U.S. hit.

Irma's life story is one of triumphs and trials, successes and challenges - the realness of her experiences comes through in every note she sings. Her post-Katrina release, After the Rain, recorded at Dockside Studios and featured Acadiana musicians David Egan and Louisiana Crossroads Director Dirk Powell, is a poignant reflection on life after Hurricane Katrina. This critically acclaimed recording won Irma the 2007 Grammy Award in the Contemporary Blues category, her first win after several nominations over the years. In short, Irma is a legendary Louisiana performer who brings soul, history, honesty and depth to the stage in a way that few artists can match.

The concert is being recorded by Louisiana Crossroads for airplay on its pilot TV program that also features local and regional talent such as Allen Toussaint, Preservation Hall, Sonny Landreth, Jeffrey Broussard and many others and is currently under production. The TV pilot works to showcase some of the artists and songs that have made Lafayette and the surrounding area famous as a source for original music.

Tickets are on sale just for AcA members today through June 6 and will open to the public June 6 at noon.Tickets are $33 in advance or $40 at the door for members and $35 in advance or $42 at the door for non-members. Tickets are available online at the AcA website, by calling 337.233.7060 or by visiting the Box Office at 101 W. Vermilion St. in Downtown Lafayette.

Friday, June 24 in the James Devin Moncus Theater
Doors Open @ 7:00 PM
Showtime @ 8:00 PM
Tickets are on sale for AcA members today through June 6 and will open to the public June 6 at noon.  Ticketing fees may apply.

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