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The Cowboy Block Party ft. The Chee-Weez

Robert Noland Alumni Pavilion

  • 4539 Common St
  • Lake Charles, LA 70607
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  • Presented By: McNeese State University
  • Dates: November 19, 2021
  • Location: Robert Noland Alumni Pavilion
  • Time: 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

A new and improved era of McNeese Athletics which is focused on being fan and donor friendly as well as student-athlete centered, has announced five exciting new events on Friday nights prior to Saturday home games – The Cowboy Block Party.

The Cowboy Block Party, which is presented by Lake Charles Toyota, will feature free, live concerts every Friday night at the Robert Noland Alumni Pavilion from 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The music artists are brought to you by Legacy Jewelers.

The lineup will include the following: Sept. 3 – The Flamethrowers; Oct. 1 – Gyth Rigdon and Charlie Wayne; Oct. 22 – Wayne Toups; Nov. 5 – Parish County Line; Nov. 19 – The Chee-Weez.

"I'm so excited about our new Cowboy Block Parties," said Athletic Director Heath Schroyer. "We wanted to create a fun, first-class environment and experience for our students, alumni and fans. These parties will do that and will allow us to connect with our campus community and Southwest Louisiana.

"Our people deserve this kind of experience and we're excited to give it to them.

Schroyer stated: "It's a new day and a new era for McNeese Athletics and I can't wait to see the grove packed and people having a great time!"

As stated earlier, admission will be free while outside food and drinks will be permitted. Food trucks will also be on site to sell various types of food.

Parking to the event will be free on the McNeese campus, but to park in the football lots, those attending must have a football season parking pass to park in those lots.

About the artists
The Flamethrowers – Based out of Lake Charles, the Flamethrowers are widely hailed as Louisiana's best party band and the premier band of the south. They pride themselves on thinking outside of the cover band box. Audiences love them for their powerhouse vocals, guitar wizardry and groovy rhythm section.

Gyth Ridgon – The Singer native, Gyth Rigdon rose to fame around the world with his unforgettable performances on NBC's The Voice where he finished as the runner-up on Season 16. He has performed around the nation, mixing country, southern rock and soul into a unique musical experience. He has taken the stage with artists such as Jake Owen and Gary Allen among many others.

Charlie Wayne – A native of Southwest Louisiana, Wayne began playing the piano when he was 10 years old and the guitar in high school. What began as a high school hobby blossomed into a promising career. He signed his first record deal in 2018 and his success has continued to rise, leading him to play in local venues, festivals and shows with top regional and national artists.

Wayne Toups – A Grammy Award winner, Toups has long been dubbed "The Cajun Springsteen." He's in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Gulf Coast Hall of Fame, Cajun French Music Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. He picked up the accordion at the age of 13 and hasn't put it down since. He has recorded more than a dozen albums and toured to more than 20 countries. His songs have been heard on such film soundtracks as Steel Magnolias and Dirty Rice. He has performed with artists such as Alan Jackson, Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt, Sammy Kershaw, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Ty England and Mark Wills, to name a few.

Parish County Line – They'll be making a return to McNeese just a few months after performing at the inaugural McNeese Cowboy Country Fest in early July. The Baton Rouge-based band formed in 2012 with the plan to bring 90's country music back to South Louisiana. They include songs by George Strait, Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt, Lonestar, Clint Black, Clay Walker, Travis Tritt and Diamond Rio, to name a few.

The Chee-Weez – Formed in 1997 in a garage just outside of New Orleans, The Chee-Weez began as a disco tribute act, but a year later, decided to throw in some Bon Jovi and Journey into the mix. The audience response was through the roof and the band continued to add classic rock and 80's hair metal to their set while still putting their own spin on a number of oldies, classics and even 80's new wave tunes.

2021 McNeese Block Party
Presented by Lake Charles Toyota
Artists brought to you by Legacy Jewelers
7-10:30 p.m. • Robert Noland Alumni Pavilion

September 3 – Flamethrowers
October 1 – Gyth Rigdon and Charlie Wayne
October 22 – Wayne Toups
November 5 – Parish County Line
November 19 – The Chee-Weez

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