The electric lineup of free live music performances for Live at the Lakefront 2019 has been announced by the event’s presenting sponsors – the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, First Federal Bank, The Johnson Firm, and Deep South Productions. The wildly-popular annual concert series will celebrate its eighth season on three consecutive Fridays, March 15th, 22nd, and 29th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade’s Arcade Amphitheatre.
March 15: Givers • LVVR • Cry Baby
GIVERS kicks off the 2019 season with the headlining performance on March 15th. Ever the disciples of movement, GIVERS channels Afro-pop polyrhythms and art rock collage into raw, transcendent joy. The band has toured world-class stages, both international and domestic, becoming a fixture on the major festival circuit and winning appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band’s creative nucleus of Taylor Guarisco, Tif Lamson, and Josh LeBlanc has transitioned from celebrating life to probing its complications: the cruel fiction of unmet expectations, the deflation in opportunities lost and the elation in new ones found. In the process, they left the place of the band’s birth (Lafayette, LA) for the cultural kaleidoscope of New Orleans, now the site of their coming of age.
March 22: Flamethrowers • Maggie Belle Band • Zyde-Pokes
The Flamethrowers will be headlining the second week of the series on March 22nd. This homegrown favorite has 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 on March 22nd is New Orleans original, Maggie Belle Band; a 7-piece ensemble with an original blend of R&B, soul, funk, blues, and an occasional touch of hip hop, along with the Zyde-Pokes, McNeese’s official traditional Zydeco band. This concert is brought to you by Crying Eagle Brewing and Nick Reina State Farm.
March 29: Wayne Toups • Soul Creole • Mickey Smith, Jr.
Closing out the season on March 29th will be “Cajun Springsteen” himself, Wayne Toups. This Grammy winner and four-time hall of fame recipient, has rocked the stage in over twenty countries. He has dubbed his original sound as “zydecajun,” fusing traditional Cajun, the bluesier sound of Zydeco, and a touch of good ol’ rock n’ roll. His flashy performance style on the accordion, lyrics that are primarily English, and accessible rock n’ roll sound have made him a trailblazer in his genre and captivated a broad audience for decades.
Opening for Wayne Toups is Louis Michot’s Cajun and Zydeco jam band, Soul Creole, in company with three-time Grammy nominee and master of the saxophone, Mickey Smith Jr.
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 at the Lakefront also includes an eclectic open-air art market and tasty eats from area food trucks. The public is encouraged to bring chairs and a blanket to put down on the amphitheater's communal green space. All beverage sales benefit the Arts Council, and 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.