November 11th 2011
Point of Vue
Houma, LA magazine
article by: Melissa Holman
Indie bands of every genre will join forces Nov. 5 to rock the Houma Courthouse Square for the
second helping of Houmapalooza.
The biannual outdoor music festival, sponsored by the Houma Regional Arts Council, features 10
bands in 10 hours to provide musicians of south Louisiana with the chance to perform for the local
audience while carrying on the state’s long history of fall festivals.
Glenda Toups, executive director of the arts council, says the participating bands had to submit
three samples of original music with their applications. Then, with the help of a judging panel
made up of community members, music lovers, experts and community organizers, 10 bands were
selected to perform.
Houmapalooza was created in a festival format not only to continue Louisiana’s tradition of
festivals, but also to create a unifying atmosphere for attendees.
“Throughout all the struggles we have faced in recent years, this is a festival that provides a sense
of community,” Glenda says.
Before you take in the atmosphere, PoV went behind the scenes to catch up with the bands to give
you an idea of what can be expected. Let’s just say talent won’t be lacking.
Jak Locke, a songwriter and
performer from New Orleans,
comes together with a three-piece
band to form a multigenre, highenergy
rock project known as
the Jak Locke Rock Show. Jak has
been performing nearly 13 years,
and has produced 20 albums
worth of self-recorded material.
Jak says performing at Houmapalooza
allows him to come
to a place that is cherished by
many of his friends.
“Most of the people who
matter the most to me are consistently
from the Houma and
Thibodaux area,” he says. “My
closest friends, some of the most
amazing musicians I’ve worked
with, some of the best audiences
I’ve played to, all seem to end up
being from around here.”
Jak says there are a
of incredible artists making
great and interesting music in
the area, and the festival is a
way to show people why they
should support local music.
“I think, in a way, it kind
of legitimizes what is going
on underground,” he says. “It
gives it visibility, which is
everything at this level.”