The electric lineup of free live music performances for Live @ the Lakefront 2019 has been announced by the event’s presenting sponsors – the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, The Johnson Firm, and Deep South Productions. The wildly-popular annual concert series will celebrate its eighth season on three consecutive Fridays, March 15th, 22nd, and 29th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade’s Arcade Amphitheatre.
GIVERS kicks off the 2019 season with the headlining performance on March 15th. Ever the disciples of movement, GIVERS channels Afro-pop polyrhythms and art rock collage into raw, transcendent joy. The band has toured world class stages, both international and domestic, becoming a fixture on the major festival circuit and winning appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band’s creative nucleus of Taylor Guarisco, Tif Lamson, and Josh LeBlanc has transitioned from celebrating life to probing its complications: the cruel fiction of unmet expectations, the deflation in opportunities lost and the elation in new ones found. In the process, they left the place of the band’s birth (Lafayette, LA) for the cultural kaleidoscope of New Orleans, now the site of their coming of age.
Opening for GIVERS on March 15th is LVVRS, a modern rock n’ roll group that combines elements of modern pop, alternative rock, and world beat to create an infectious sound, along with Cry Baby, a band out of the Lake Area with a genuine 50’s rock n’ roll vibe. This week’s concert is sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank.
The Flamethrowers will be headlining the second week of the series on March 22nd. This homegrown favorite has consistently sold out venues across the Gulf Coast since 2005. The popular party rock band performs high energy cover songs from across the decades, and their popularity has been steadily growing through the years, thanks to a signature stage presence that makes them a favorite act in the Lake Area.
Opening for the Flamethrowers on March 22nd is New Orleans original, Maggie Belle Band; a 7-piece ensemble with an original blend of R&B, soul, funk, blues, and an occasional touch of hip hop, along with the Zyde-Pokes, McNeese’s official traditional Zydeco band. This concert is brought to you by Crying Eagle Brewing and Nick Reina State Farm.
Closing out the season on March 29th will be “Cajun Springsteen” himself, Wayne Toups. This Grammy winner and four-time hall of fame recipient, has rocked the stage in over twenty countries. He has dubbed his original sound as “zydecajun,” fusing traditional Cajun, the bluesier sound of Zydeco, and a touch of good ol’ rock n’ roll. His flashy performance style on the accordion, lyrics that are primarily English, and accessible rock n’ roll sound have made him a trail blazer in his genre and captivated a broad audience for decades.
Opening for Wayne Toups is Louis Michot’s Cajun and Zydeco jam band, Soul Creole, in company with three-time Grammy nominee and master of the saxophone, Mickey Smith Jr..
Shiner beers returns to sponsor the closing night of this wildly popular concert series and will be raffling off a custom Shiner-branded Epiphone Les Paul guitar for the event. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at each concert, with the drawing to be held on the closing night of the series.
Live @ the Lakefront will also include an eclectic local art market each Friday as well as food trucks and food booths from several locally-owned restaurants. The public is encouraged to bring chairs and a blanket to put down on the amphitheater’s communal green space. The Arts Council will benefit from all beverage sales, so no outside ice chests are allowed. Per the city of Lake Charles, canine friends are prohibited.
Don’t miss the official after party! Head over to Panorama Music House for Dueling Pianos with the Eighty-Eights! This Fort Worth based duo will blow your minds with their high energy, interactive show.
Live @ the Lakefront is presented by the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, Deep South Productions, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, and The Johnson Firm, with major sponsorship from Crying Eagle Brewing, Hancock Whitney Bank, Nick Reina State Farm, and Shiner Beers. Additional support is given by ASI Printing, Automotive Alignment, Assurance Financial, Beverage Sales Inc., Coca-Cola, CSE Federal Credit Union, Delta Downs, Digikast Captice Media Solutions, Edward Jones, Event Solutions, Iberia Bank, Image360, Jeff Davis Bank, Knight Media Inc, KPLC-TV, the Lake Charles/SWLA CVB, Lake City Entertainment, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana Mortgage Associates, Louisiana Radio Communications, Parker Brand Creative Services, Panorama Music House, Phillips 66, Porche’ Aerial Imagery, Redfish Rentals, Southwest Beverage, and Stevens & Guilbeaux Financial Consulting Group.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS!