For more information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director 
Megan Hartman, senior marketing manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Black Heritage Festival Announces Music Lineup

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Feb. 7, 2012)-The Black Heritage Festival in Lake Charles will bring together the unique cultures of Africa and Southwest Louisiana on Saturday, March 10 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  Celebrating diversity, culture and education, the festival is filled with legendary Zydeco, Jazz and Gospel performers as well as mouthwatering food and African Art.  The music line up for the festival was recently announced.

On March 10, the day will begin with the Diaper Derby in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum, a free baby race open to all crawlers and prizes are awarded.  Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., the Healthy Baby Contest Diaper Derby emphasizes the importance of continued health care for infants.

A DJ will perform at Noon that day followed by the opening ceremonies at 12:45 p.m. with Mayor Randy Roach.  There will be a Praise Dance Workshop from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Civic Center by Yolanda Avery, a dance instructor from Beaumont, TX.  The fee for the dance workshop is $20.

The Talent Showcase begins at 1 p.m., Jarvis Jacobs performs at 2:30 p.m., Cupid will sing at 3 p.m., Charmaine Neville will be on stage at 4:30 p.m. and zydeco by Keith Frank begins at 6 p.m. followed by Chris Ardoin at 8 p.m.

The Kids Zone will be held in the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall from Noon to 6 p.m.  For ages two to 12 at the Kids Talent Stage there will be games, face painting, caricatures, balloon art, the Louisiana State University AgCenter Germ Exhibit, door prizes and free bicycles (while supplies last).  Following the children's event will be an event for teenagers - "Lake Charles' 106th & Park" - from 3 - 6 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall hosted by DJ Chuck Slugg.  DC-Zee, Doughboy Pacino, Young Tiger, Jarvis Jacobs, Money Makin' Muzic, Fat Chino and Chuck Slugg will also perform. 

General admission is $5 for ages 13 and up before 2 p.m. and $10 after 2 p.m.  For ages 6-12 admission is $5.  Children 5 and under enter free.  Festival hours are 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

The contact person for the Praise Dance Workshop is Amanda Johnson and she may be reached at  For more information on the Black Heritage Festival, call 337-304-0620 or visit