Live @ the Lakefront Returns for a 2023 Run!

The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA , the City of Lake Charles, and First Federal Bank of Louisiana are bringing back the popular, free to the public music and art festival, Live @ the Lakefront after a successful 2022 run.  For the 11th anniversary, Live @ the Lakefront ([email protected]) will feature local bands, live art demonstrations, an outdoor art market and food truck market to create a full-fledged music festival on the shores of Lake Charles. [email protected] will take place on three consecutive Fridays in March; the 17th, 24th, and 31st, from 5:30PM to 10PM at the Arcade Amphitheatre.

“After our hit 10-year anniversary, we look to bring all of our talented local musicians, artists, and food trucks for another successful year!” said Cameron Fultz, Interim Director of the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA. “Our mission is not just to support the arts in our area, but to push them into the public eye. Live @ the Lakefront is a great opportunity to do just that!”

Live @ the Lakefront is presented by First Federal Bank of Louisiana, with the partnership of the City of Lake Charles, as part of their continued commitment to the spread of local arts and culture initiatives. If interested in sponsorship opportunities, or have any questions, contact [email protected]

Bands, art market artists, and food trucks will be announced in the coming weeks.

Live @ the Lakefront is presented annually by The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA. For vendor applications or more details on the event, visit  or contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

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Ladies and Gentlemen of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas, it is that time of the year again, in which the essence of spring, laughter, cheers, and especially music is in the air.  It is the time that Arts and Humanities Council, City of Lake Charles, and First Federal Bank of Louisiana presents… Live at the Lakefront!

Live at the Lakefront, one of the biggest events in our area, is a music festival, free to the public, that takes place three consecutive Fridays in March. This year we present the festival March 13th, 20th, and 27th from 6-10 p.m. Audiences can expect excellent music provided by some of the regions talented band and singer/songwriters, an open market displaying works of art from local artists and crafters, food provided by popular local food vendors, and cold beverages to wash it all down.

Our festival gets kicked off with high energy sounds from the Washington Marion Marching bad. We believe they will set the tone of how the festival is to go, and act as the ideal commencement that Live at the Lakefront needs. Also, their performance will take place on our side stage, a new factor we are adding to this year’s festival, so that we can keep the good times rolling without the lull that comes with transitioning between bands on a single stage.  Following them is our first act on the Main stage, Analog. A group of experienced musicians taking you back in time with their tunes. After that, Leah Nicole is bringing her fellas to provide us with a Neo Soul/Jazz/Funk fusion, as we transition to our headliner of the evening, Infinite Bus. Four boys, Madison Crain, David Crawford, Jon Ramirez, and Taylor Pinson take on the world of music and Live at the Lakefront. Straight outta Lake Charles, these local guys are capping off the first night of Live at the Lakefront by reaching for their goal: to share their love of music with the masses, by providing energy and excitement with each and every performance. 

Starting March 20th, we are continuing the theme of talented young performers from local high schools, with the St. Louis Show Choir. Hitting the main stage shortly after, Gringeaux will be providing high energy grooves with a Latin flair. A performance not to be missed. Royal theory, who’s lead singer is fresh off a first-place win from the Golden Nugget Employee Talent Show. We will continue the vibe as we transition into our second headliner, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush. Singer/Songwriter and front man Rusty Metoyer graces our stage with one of the best examples of the most popular genre in our area, Zydeco. Hopefully you bring your dancing shoes, because their upbeat, swinging songs will have you on your feet and moving for sure. 

As we begin our final night of the festival, we “shake” things up with the Iowa High School Junior Jammers. These talented young ladies are some mover and shakers, ready to influence your dancing spirit on our side stage. After they have warmed you up, our main stage act, Cody Forrest, brings you gritted, authentic country music, straight from Nu Louisiana’s Country Radio Charts. We continue to shake things up as we present Michael Davis on our side stage. He is a singer/songwriter with his own unique way of representing the contemporary/pop genre. Finally, after many wonderful musicians have graced the stage, we reach the end of Live at the Lakefront, and it is hard to find a band that can end it with a bang, like, The Flamethrowers. This band, comprised of extremely talented musicians and vocalists from the area, are no strangers to audiences in Lake Charles, including past audiences of Live at the Lakefront. These veterans will end our festival with passionate performances of a wide range of popular songs, that will awaken certain sentiments within you and have you on your feet, singing along.

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. This event is 21 and up.


Presenting Sponsor:

First Federal Bank of Louisiana

VIP  Sponsor:

Hancock Whitney

Area Sponsors:

City of Lake Charles

Changing Spaces


Image 360


Deep South Productions

Shiner Beer

Sound Check Sponsors:

Crying Eagle Brewing Company
Stevens & Guilbeaux Financial Consulting
Southwest Beverage
Better Booth
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Knight Media
United Site Services
JD Bank
Lake Charles American Press