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Music

Famous Musicians

Southwest Louisiana has an active and eclectic music scene with music ranging from Cajun & Zydeco to blues, country, alternative, swamp pop, and rock to folk. Many local musicians are also songwriters, so the area is a thriving cultural and music hub for visitors to experience.

  • Joshua Ledet put Westlake, LA, on the map whenever he rose to the top 3 finalists on the hit television show, American Idol in 2012. He has a soulful voice with a sound that resonates with his gospel roots. Joshua returned to Southwest Louisiana for a homecoming celebration event, and it was the first time in history that Burton Coliseum was completely sold out. Joshua has made it into the hearts of music lovers across America, and everyone is awaiting his debut album.
  • Paul Groves is an American operatic tenor born in Lake Charles, LA. In 1991, he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and in 1995 he won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award. He has sung leading roles with major opera houses throughout the world, including the Boston Lyric Opera, De Nederlandse Opera, La Scala, the Los Angeles Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Washington National Opera, and the Welsh National Opera among others.
    -www.en.wikipedia.org
  • Bobby Kimball grew up in Vinton, LA, and later followed his dream of music, landing in L.A. where he joined the band, Toto. The very first LP Toto released, entitled "Toto" broke out with the massive hit single, "Hold The Line." Bobby was in the band for the recording of the first 4 records ("Toto", "Hydra", "Turn Back", and "TotoIV"). It was the "Toto IV CD" that absolutely defined the band. At the 1982 Grammy Awards, "Toto IV" CD was nominated for a "record breaking" nine Grammy Awards. Out of these nine nominations, the band won six Grammy Awards, based on the strength and popularity of the song, "Rosanna." Also, Steve Lukather, co-writer of "Turn Your Love Around," with Jay Gradon and Bill Champlin, won a 7th Grammy. Altogether, the band brought home 7 Grammy Awards that evening, which set a precedent for the number of Grammy Awards ever won by a single band in one year.
    -www.bobbykimball.com
  • Marcia Ball is a five-time Grammy nominee (including 2012 for Best Blues Album), and a nine-time Blues Music Award winner with five wins in the last six years for Best Piano Player, and two recent wins for Best Contemporary Blues - Female Artist of the Year. She has also been honored with inductions into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2012 and Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Marcia was born in Orange, TX, but she grew up in Vinton, LA
     -www.rosebudus.com/ball

To learn more about music legends of the past and Goldband Records recording studio, click here.

Highlights

Highlights

You can experience lavish costumes and the big city pageantry in a family friendly Mardi Gras. Read More →
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana currently boasts 4 premiere casino gaming properties. Read More →
A delicious local snack, boudin is the go to food with many varieties from smoked to spicy. Read More →
During the fall hunting season, you'll see hundreds of thousands of waterfowl who winter here - smac Read More →
Golfing is a year-round attraction in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana. Read More →
Enjoy shelling, swimming or fishing from 26 miles of natural Gulf beaches. Read More →
Exploring the Creole Nature Trail where you can view birds, alligators and wildlife up close. Read More →
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Delbert McClinton is an American blues, rock, and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. Active as a sideman since 1962 and as a band leader since Read More →
Are you ready, Lake Charles? The Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Production will present the fifth season of Live @ the Lakefront , a free Read More →
The final concert of the season returns to the Rosa Hart Theatre on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM . A surprise special guest conductor will lead the orchestra in Trevor Jones’ Read More →
Michael McDonald has been thrilling listeners with his distinctively soulful style for four decades. From '70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as "What A Fool Believes" and solo hits Read More →
Louisiana Railroad Days Festival is an alcohol-free, family friendly, three day festival. There is no admission fee or parking fee (there is a fee for carnival rides). The Louisiana Railroad Read More →
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