A new student-run record label at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is getting real-world music industry experience by producing a concert honoring Nick Spitzer, host of nationally syndicated public radio show “American Routes.”
Ragin’ Records, a year-old UL-Lafayette student organization, is made up of business and music media students looking to network and gain experience in the booking, promotion and recording side of the music industry.
“Since the music business program started four years ago, there wasn’t really an organization dedicated to feeding the needs of the music business program students and the music media students,” said Maria Pizzati, a founding member of the record label. “This is the first official event we’re working on.”
The concert is in honor of Spitzer receiving UL-Lafayette’s College of the Arts SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award.
The students are working closely with UL-Lafayette’s traditional music department as they handle all of the promotion and recording for the event.
“They’ve been really prompt and proactive,” said faculty adviser Chris Munson, the coordinator for the music media and music business program at UL-Lafayette.
“There is such a diversity of interests, and this is an opportunity for them to collaborate and find projects for them to work on without a lot of risks,” Munson said.
After the event, the group wants to license the recordings of the concert.
Although the organization isn’t looking to sponsor any more events this semester, next semester they are going to “bolster the record label side” of the organization and possibly release an album, Munson said.
“You kind of want to dip your toes into everything,” Pizzati said.
Spitzer is a documentary filmmaker and sound recordist for African-French Louisiana communities and is a founding director of the Louisiana Folklife Program through the state’s Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism. He is an anthropology professor at Tulane University in New Orleans and a folklorist specializing in Creole music and culture at the Smithsonian Institution.
The concert, which will start at 7:30 p.m., is free to the public and will be at the Ducrest-Gilfrey Auditorium in Angelle Hall on UL-Lafayette’s campus.
Spitzer also will be honored Friday at UL-Lafayette’s ArTech Fusion event, scheduled 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts downtown.
Tickets to the Friday event, which will feature performances and talks on the link between art and technology, are $5 for UL-Lafayette students, $10 for faculty and $20 for the general public.