The electric lineup of free live music performances for Live @ the Lakefront 2018 has been announced by the event’s presenting sponsors – the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions. The wildly-popular annual concert series will celebrate its seventh season on three consecutive Fridays, March 9th, 16th, and 23rd, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade’s Arcade Amphitheatre.
Bon Bon Vivant kicks off the 2018 season with the headlining performance on March 9th. Hailing from New Orleans, Bon Bon Vivant is an indie-gypsy band that plays original ballads, gypsy swing, and up-tempo rock mixed with dance music. Front-woman Abigail Cosio’s songwriting is as fierce as it is heartbreaking, paying homage to the New Orleans music tradition while infusing a punk edge which attracts dancers and concert-goers alike.
Opening for Bon Bon Vivant on March 9th is the jazz, pop, and rhythm & blues of Jairus Daigle and the Network, along with Lake Area indie-folk group The Pretty Cavaliers (previously known as Elms District). Sponsoring the opening concert is Whitney Bank.
The Pine Leaf Boys return to the Lake Area for another exciting performance on March 16. Rolling Stone Magazine described the Pine Leaf Boys as “the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time”. The band’s mission is to present the beauty and power of real Cajun music to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life. The Pine Leaf Boys were recognized with a Grammy award in 2012 for “Best Regional Roots” album and have performed in 23 countries through invitations from the U.S. State Department.
Opening for the Pine Leaf Boys on March 16th is Boozoo’s grandson and torchbearer Mason Trail & the Zydeco Rhythm, along with country, soul, rock-and-roll band Sinners, from right here in Lake Charles. Crying Eagle Brewing and Volkswagen of Lake Charles sponsors this concert.
Closing out the season will be returning favorite The Flamethrowers on March 23rd. The Flamethrowers have 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 is the Lake Area’s best new blues rockers The Cards, along with the smooth soul sounds of Jarvis Jacob & the Southern Gentlemen.
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.
Live @ the Lakefront is presented by the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions, with major sponsorship from Whitney Bank, Volkswagen of Lake Charles, Crying Eagle Brewing, and Shiner Beers. Additional support is given by Fusion Five, Automotive Alignment, Assurance Financial, Beverage Sales Inc., CBS Lake Charles, Coca-Cola, CSE Federal Credit Union, Delta Downs, Digikast, Edward Jones, Event Solutions, First Federal Bank, Hampton Inn, Iberia Bank, Image360, Jeff Davis Bank, Knight Media Inc, KPLC-TV, Lamar Advertising, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana Mortgage Associates, Louisiana Radio Communications, Nissan of Lake Charles, Parker Brand Creative Services, Redfish Rentals, and Southwest Beverage.