In 1978 a band named Horizon was burning up the music scene in the south Louisiana area. Some of the members wanted to make a  change. Four of the members: Kim Leleaux, Dana Latiolais, George Thomas and Laurie Labry left Horizon to start a new group. They contacted Huey Kern and Terry Guidry and asked them to join the band. We started rehearsing at Dana's house and you could feel we had something special. Our first gig was June 15, 1978 for Scott and Tiny Hebert's wedding reception in Catahoula.

Naming The Band:

Dana had been down to Galveston, Texas a few times and noticed the clubs that put Nickel Beer on their outside signs were packed. That was in the 60's when a Nickel was a Nickel! and you could get a draft for a Nickel! He figured it would be a good name for a band ! Well it worked....the name got them in and the band kept them coming back....

Like all bands, NIKLBEER has been through it's share of changes! From band members to musical styles: Disco, Funk, Urban Cowboy, Etc.

         

NiklBeer Late 80's to Early 90's
Picture taken at RayBoys Saloon.
Those are fake cans of beer...yea-right !
Bubba Castille, Dana Latiolais, Terry Guidry,
Mark Hebert and Kim Leleaux
 
NiklBeer 90's
These guys were smiling for real.
They were a fun bunch of guy's.
Teddy Hebert, Ken Bonin, Bubba Castille,
Donny Champeaux, Eddie Cormier
& Terry Guidry
 
NiklBeer 2004!
Ken Bonin, Eddie Cormier, George Thomas,
Jody Castille, Teddy Hebert Anatole Larroque,
Terry Guidry & Jimmy Drouet


   
Niklbeer 2015
Teddy Hebert, Jimmy Higginbottham, Terry Guidry, Mike MaGee, Kim Leleux, Jody Castille, George Thomas
 

We really want to thank the "Original" NIKLBEER members for great memories and we wish them well!

Dana Latiolais -- Laurie Labry - Huey Kern


Thanks to all Past NIKLBEER Members!

Horns:
Boyd Hebert, Lamont Goodman, Mike Bulliard, Anatole Larroque, Eddie Baker, Danny Simon, Josh LeBlanc,
Jimmy Drouet

Drummers:

Danny Castille, Mark Hebert, Lil Gerald "Big Foot" Romero,
Gary Breaux, Blasien LeBlanc

Vocals:

Tony Bruce, Charlene Howard, Mike Legnon

Sound Engineers:

C.J. Boyer, Earl Bonin, Vernon Escon, Benny Romero

Super Roadie:

BIG BOB Hebert and Tony New (All around super good dude !!!)

Bass, Guitar, Keys:

T-Sal Melancon, Paul Borel, Russel Castille, Donny Champeaux , Bubba Castille, Eddie Cormier, Ken Bonin

 

 

As you can see we've changed through the years ! So going from Soul to Country to French to Rock to Oldies to Zydeco to Motown to Blues to ... whatever...

NIKLBEER.... Acadiana's #1 Party Band!

 
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