Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good, it IS good.” It is definitely ALL GOOD throughout Southwest Louisiana where live music and warmer weather are calling all of us to get out of the house and shake a leg!

As the sun goes down, things really heat up in Downtown Lake Charles! One of my favorite Friday night dates is the Downtown at Sundown concert series. For four consecutive Fridays beginning May 15 from 6- 9 p.m., streets are blocked off for dancers and loungers!  This year’s line-up includes Wendy Colonna, Marcia Ball, Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush, and recent Grammy award winner and Cajun/Country music singer-songwriter Jo-El Sonnier.

Of course the art and food booths don’t hurt either. Hotdogs, sno-cones, cold beers and cocktails-TGIF!!!

 The dance party continues into the summer months as two music festivals take Lake Charles by storm!

The Cajun French Music & Food Festival, July 17-18, is the place to cut a rug and get your fill of Cajun culinary treats. Every year the festival aims to preserve the Cajun traditions and heritage through music, dancing and of course – FOOD!

Later that month, the small town of Hackberry comes out of the marshes and heads to the Lake Charles Civic Center. The Marshland Festival will be held July 24-25 and it’s a great way to experience authentic Louisiana culture, Cajun food and music. From Zydeco, Oldies, Cajun and Country there is always a tune to get the crowd on their feet dancing and celebrating.

Check out some of music’s biggest stars and cool off by the pool this summer at one of our area casinos. Kicking off the last Thursday in May at L’Auberge Casino Resort, the Liquid Society Party by the Pool concert series is the hottest party in town featuring headliner performances.  Golden Nugget Lake Charles is cranking up concerts with popular artists from today’s generation, classic rock, and tributes to cultural heritages. A short drive down the road, Isle of Capri Casino Hotel and Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel are turning it up a notch with superstar concerts I’ll bet you won’t want to miss!

Grab your favorite dancing shoes and get ready to kick it Southwest Louisiana style. I’ll meet you on the dance floor!