Tab Benoit coming to Stargazers 

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Climate change denial is, of course, big business. Just ask a millionaire politician like Ted Cruz, who contends that global warming “alarmists” are the modern-day equivalent of flat-earthers. Or ask the corporate media giants who continue to take a “he said, she said” approach to the issue, even though less than 3 percent of scientific studies favor the claims of global warming skeptics.

If only Cruz and his colleagues were correct, and environmentalists like Tab Benoit were not. Back in 2003, two years before Katrina, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame winner founded the nonprofit Voice of the Wetlands to promote the preservation of coastal marshlands, which serve as a natural shock absorber against hurricane damage. In the wake of the storms that sunk Houston and battered the Caribbean over the past two weeks, Benoit’s message is all the more timely.

A road warrior who plays some 200 dates per year, Benoit is also passionate about the culture he grew up around in Houma, Louisiana. You can hear that in signature songs like the autobiographical “When a Cajun Man Gets the Blues,” and in his sharp-witted onstage storytelling. He’s also recorded with a who’s-who of New Orleans musicians, including Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Doctor John and Allen Toussaint.

Two weeks ago, Benoit reluctantly postponed a show in Woodlands, Texas, as he watched history repeat itself once again. “Texas and Louisiana have so much in common and we share friends from across state lines,” he wrote in a Facebook post announcing the cancellation. “This storm continues to break our hearts, but like Louisiana, together we will not allow it to break our spirits.”


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