One of the longest independent recording labels, Goldband Records, was established in Lake Charles by Eddie Shuler in 1945. Some of the hits include Boozoo Chavis' "Paper in My Shoe," (1954) and the company's biggest seller, Phil Phillips' "Sea of Love" (1959). Goldband was also the first to record Dolly Parton (then 14 years old), with "Puppy Love" (1960).
Music is a staple in this region with a mix of Zydeco, Cajun and Creole music. Festivals with prevalent live music include Mardi Gras, the Black Heritage Festival, Iowa Rabbit Festival, DeQuincy Railroad Days Festival, Westlake Family Fun & Food Festival, Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival, Downtown at Sundown, Cajun Music & Food Festival, Marshland Festival, Cal-Cam Fair, Sulphur Heritage Days, Culture Fest Louisiana and multiple Christmas Festivals. All area events can be found here.