If you’re looking for a celebration of Louisiana food, Jazz music, and culture, you’ll find it during the Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival, held at the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive. The whole family can enjoy the savory tastes of local Gulf shrimp and Jazz sounds from a variety of performers at this annual festival.
The festival kicks off with a music concert, “Jazz After Dark," on Friday at 7 p.m. with renowned jazz artist Jessy J performing with local backup band The Jairus Daigle Network. Grammy winner Mickey Smith, Jr. will open the show. Proceeds from the concert will provide needed scholarships for the youth involved with the Jazz in the Arts Foundation to further jazz studies.
On Saturday, the festival gates are open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and the day is filled with live bands, a vendor marketplace, and a Jazz exhibit. A Jazz Improvisation and Performance Clinic will also be held on Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m., provided by special guest instructor and jazz artist, “Jazzy J,” and assisted by Jazz In the Arts Foundation’s seasoned instructors. This clinic allows for young and aspiring musicians from across Louisiana to receive career guidance and instruction from a professional jazz artist, with an opportunity to perform on the main stage during the festival, with the instructors. This year’s festival headliner will be Phil Denny.
Admission for the festival is $5 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under; “Jazz After Dark” general admission tickets are $38. VIP seating tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. For more information, log onto www.gcshrimpnjazzfest.com or contact Shari Davis at 337-309-2712.