This Saturday and Sunday, Houma takes the spotlight from Louisiana's better known music towns to present the first-annual Best of the Bayou Festival.
by Erin Z. Bass It started with an EP of five songs, followed by an invitation to open for Brooklyn band the Dirty Projectors during their fall tour. Then came inclusion in NPR's "All Songs Considered." Now, The Givers are working on their first full-length album. And did we mention they're barely old enough to drink? I first saw The Givers perform at Lafayette's benefit concert for Haiti. They took the stage at Parc International as the first act of the day. It was about 2 p.m., and the sky was dark and cloudy. But when they started playing, African, Caribbean and pop sounds floated out into the crowd, a beautiful voice emerged from Tiffany Lamson, and the approaching storm was forgotten. The band's MySpace page describes the experience as "sounds that gather together melodically and electronically bent forms of African, folk and pop music, but send them underwater, where they are refracted with light and space, changing the overall shape and texture into something refreshingly new, yet at the same time, familiar." The familiar could come from the fact that you've probably seen these musicians before. This isn't their first band. Guitarist Taylor Guarisco used to turn up at events and gigs