The Joe Cain Marching Society created one of 2014’s most festive music events with the inaugural Joe Cain Footmarchers’ Ball. The event, which generated funds to cover the costs of the march, brought together some of the most zealous Mardi Gras enthusiasts for an evening of cold libations and good music. The crowd reveled the night away to bands including Kansas Bible Company and Alanna Royale.

Kansas Bible Company entertains the inaugural Joe Cain Footmarchers Ball last summer at Moe’s.

Kansas Bible Company entertains the inaugural Joe Cain Footmarchers Ball last summer at Moe’s.

Those who missed out will want to make sure they don’t miss the second annual Footmarchers’ Ball, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, at Soul Kitchen in LoDa. The ball will be an official kick-off party for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Joe Cain Procession. Musical acts have yet to be announced but stay tuned to Lagniappe for more information.

Saenger adds Rundgren and Bonamassa
The Jewel on Joachim is bringing two guitar maestros to its historic stage for separate shows in August and December. On Monday, Aug. 24. Todd Rundgren will visit the Saenger Theatre.

A true rock ‘n’ roll prodigy, Rundgren is probably best known for his guitar work, but he’s also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. Rundgren earned the praise of fans and critics alike with his 1972 breakout album “Something/Anything?” on which he handled instrumentation, vocals and production, which was rare in those days.

Currently he is touring in support of his latest album, “Global.” Rundgren’s music has evolved with the times, as witnessed by the fusion of various contemporary styles on the new album Joe Bonamassa picked up the guitar at age four and opened for B.B. King when he was just 12. When he takes the Saenger stage Wednesday, Dec. 2, Bonamassa will bring along nearly 35 years of blues rock experience. In recent years, he’s has received worldwide acclaim. Whether solo or with bands like Black Country Communion, this man’s guitar skills cannot be denied, even by the most seasoned player. Hopefully, Bonamassa will entertain the Azalea City crowd with cuts from his live album, “Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks.” His renditions of blues classics such as “Killing Floor” (Howlin’ Wolf) and “All Aboard” (Muddy Waters) are expertly covered, with his own modern guitar touch.