The electric lineup of live music performances for Live at the Lakefront 2016 has been announced by the event’s presenting sponsors – the Arts Council of SWLA, City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions. The annual free live music series will celebrate its fifth season during three consecutive Fridays on March 11, 18, and 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade’s Arcade Amphitheatre.
Royal Teeth will kick off the 2016 season with the headlining performance on March 11. With members hailing from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans, Royal Teeth are based all over Louisiana, but their bouncy dance pop anthems transcend all borders. The band earned feature performances on Season 13 of American Idol and Last Call with Carson Daly, and Royal Teeth has brought the party to Jazz Fest, Bonnaroo, Voodoo Fest, and SXSW, before signing with Elektra Records in 2015. Opening for Royal Teeth will be two Lake Area rock groups: Watchers, who recently recorded a new track in California with Chris Hesse of Hoobastank, and rockabilly outlaws The Von Dukes. This evening’s concert is sponsored by Fusion 5, SWLA’s premiere young professional’s organization.
The Lake Area’s own Chris Miller and Bayou Roots co-headline on March 18 with The Dog Hill Stompers. Unpredictably fresh while entrenched in tradition, The Bayou Roots, led by Chris Miller on vocals, accordion, fiddle, keys, and harmonica, perform Cajun music mixed with elements of Creole, zydeco, blues, rock and roll, swamp-pop, and country. The Cajun French Music Association has recognized Chris Miller and Bayou Roots with “Accordionist of the Year”, “Band of the Year”, “Recording of the Year”, and “People’s Choice” awards.
As grandsons and other close relatives of Boozoo Chavis, The Dog Hill Stompers have zydeco in their blood, taking their band name from a popular song and home base of the King of Zydeco himself. With three unique accordion players, The Dog Hill Stompers are keeping Louisiana traditions alive and well through performances of many Boozoo classics and their own original songs.
Designated as McDonald’s of SWLA Family Night, the March 18 concert kicks off with opener Julian Q the Library Dude in a special performance of fun children’s sing-along songs with special guests Drum, Flow & Fire, and Painting With a Twist will host an interactive mural to inspire the whole family.
Closing out the Live at the Lakefront season on March 25 will be The Flamethrowers! The Lake Area’s favorite party band have sold out venues across the Gulf Coast since 2005 with their high energy cover songs from across the decades.
Also performing will be Sweet Crude, hailing from New Orleans. This seven-piece indie pop band makes their first appearance for Live at the Lakefront, bringing a fresh, fun sound that embraces Louisiana’s French-speaking traditions while playfully stretching its boundaries into the realms of indie and Afro-pop. Their bouncy, creative songs are irresistible fun, performed with keyboards, violins, a trumpet, and many, many drums. Thomas & Theresa, a lively acoustic roots duo from right here in SWLA, will open the evening. The closing night of the series is sponsored by Shiner Beers, who’ll give away a custom Shiner-branded Epiphone Les Paul guitar and amp at the concert!
Live @ the Lakefront will also include an extensive local art market each Friday as well as food trucks and food booths from several locally-owned restaurants. The public is encouraged to bring chairs and a blanket to put down on the amphitheater’s communal green space. The Arts Council will benefit from all beverage sales, and no outside ice chests are allowed.
Live @ the Lakefront is presented by the Arts Council of SWLA, City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions and is sponsored by Fusion Five, McDonald’s of SWLA, Shiner Beers, and KVHP/FOX29/the CW.
Additional support is given by Beverage Sales, Southwest Beverage, Automotive Alignment, Coca-Cola, Delta Tech, DigiKast, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, Hampton Inn Lake Charles, KZWA, Parker Brand Creative Services, Redfish Rentals, Shearman Media, Allstate Insurance – John W. Fear, ASI Office Systems, Assurance Financial, Christus St. Patrick’s Hospital, Healthy Image Marketing, Hey Bray J, IBERIABANK, J&J Exterminating, Knight Media Printing, Lagniappe, Lakeside Bank, Lake City Printing, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Mimosa Boutique, Mosquito Authority, Nissan of Lake Charles, Union Pacific, WAITR app, Walnut Grove/Calla, West M/The Charlestonian, and Allstate Insurance – Dean Day.