The electric lineup of live music performances for Live @ the Lakefront 2015 has been announced by the event’s presenting sponsors – the Arts Council of SWLA, City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions. The annual live music series will celebrate its fourth season on three consecutive Fridays on March 13, 20, and 27 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade’s Arcade Amphitheatre.
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue will kick off the 2015 season as the headlining performance on March 13. Hailing from New Orleans, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue revives dancehall culture with their spirited original Americana/country compositions mixed fluidly with powerful tributes to honky tonk icons such as Hank Williams and Connie Smith. Their award-winning third album, Last to Leave, placed the band on the top 100 on the AMA Charts (American Music Association). Opening for Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue will be local country band, The Yams, which recently released Sincerely, The Yams, in 2014. The evening is sponsored by Fusion Five, SWLA’s premiere young professionals organization.
Acadiana-born Cajun band, Feufollet, will headline the concert on March 20. Often dubbed the future of Cajun music, Feufollet sits at the center of the genre’s neo-traditionalist movement. The band’s most recent album, En Couleurs, married Acadiana’s traditional Cajun music with progressive melodies, and it garnered praise from the New York Times, Garden & Gun, and Elvis Costello. The album was nominated for a Grammy award in 2011. Feufollet’s highly anticipated next album, Two Universes, is set to be released in March. Local Americana band, Sinners, will open for Feufollet, and the evening is sponsored by McDonald’s of SWLA.
Closing out the season will be returning favorite The Flamethrowers on March 27. Made up of a group of 20-somethings from Louisiana, The Flamethrowers have sold out venues across the Gulf Coast since 2005. The popular party rock band performs high energy cover songs from across the decades, and they have opened up for such acts as Candlebox and Sister Hazel. The band’s popularity has been steadily growing over the years, and their signature stage presence makes them a favorite act in the Lake Area. Young Band Nation, a creative collective of student musicians, will open the evening which is sponsored by Empire of the Seed.
Live @ the Lakefront will also include an extensive 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. No outside ice chests are allowed.
Live @ the Lakefront is presented by the Arts Council of SWLA, City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions and is sponsored by Fusion Five, McDonald’s of SWLA, Empire of the Seed, and KVHP/FOX29/the CW. Additional support is given by a grant from the JazzFest Foundation and from Southwest Beverage, Beverage Sales, Allstate Insurance – Dean Day, ASI Office Systems, Coca Cola, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Knight Media Printing, LCP, Parker Brand Creative, Redfish Rentals, Shearman Media, Walker Williams, IBERIABANK, KBYS Media, Hey Bray J, Obvious Advertising, Valpak, J&J Exterminating, and SpringHill Suites by Marriott. For details, call the Arts Council at 337-439-2787.
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