The electric lineup of live music performances for Live @ the Lakefront 2017 has been announced by the event’s presenting sponsors – the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions. The annual live music series will celebrate its sixth season on three consecutive Fridays, March 17th, 24th, and 31st, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade’s Arcade Amphitheatre.
Tank and the Bangas will kick off the 2017 season with the headlining performance on March 17th. Hailing from New Orleans, funk band Tank and the Bangas brings an eclectic mix of genres such as rock, gospel, soul, and spoken word, drawing the audience in with their creative and distinctive sound. Tank and the Bangas won “Band of the Year” at the New Orleans Big Easy Awards and recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Norah Jones herself. Opening for Tank and the Bangas is singer/songwriter Brittany Pfantz and her band, plus melodic folk duo Elms District.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers will return to Live @ the Lakefront on March 24th. This progressive Cajun Band received a Grammy nomination in 2007 for the new category “Best Zydeco or Cajun Music.” The Lost Bayou Ramblers perform an electric mix of modern sounds and French rhythms with ancient Cajun melodies and lyrics, singing in Cajun French. This evening is supported by Justin Martindale & the Backstabbers and the Chris Shearman Experience, and is sponsored by SWLA’s premier young professionals’ organization, Fusion Five.
Before their performance at Live @ the Lakefront, the Lost Bayou Ramblers will be visiting local French Immersion school, Gillis Elementary, to implement the educational element of our Louisiana Heritage by teaching a French Immersion Lesson called “Language and Lyrics.”
Closing out the season will be returning favorite The Flamethrowers on March 31st. Made up of a group of 20-somethings from Louisiana, The Flamethrowers have sold out venues across the Gulf Coast since 2005. The popular party rock band performs high energy cover songs from across the decades, and they have opened up for such acts as Candlebox and Sister Hazel. The band’s popularity has been steadily growing over the years, and their signature stage presence makes them a favorite act in the Lake Area. Swamp funk band Iceman Special and synth-pop band Wolfman Wonders will get the evening going. Shiner beers returns to sponsor the closing night of this wildly popular concert series and will be raffling off a custom Shiner-branded Epiphone Les Paul guitar and amp at the concert! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at each concert and the drawing will be held on the closing night of the series.
Live @ the Lakefront will also include an extensive local art market each Friday as well as delicious menu options from area food trucks.
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. No outside ice chests are allowed.
Live @ the Lakefront is presented by the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, Deep South Productions, and is sponsored by Fusion Five and Shiner Beer. Additional support is given by a grant from the JazzFest Foundation and from Southwest Beverage, Beverage Sales, Hampton Inn at Holly Hill, Digikast, McDonald’s of SWLA, Auto Alignment, Signs Now, KMI Printing, Delta Downs Assurance Financial, Coca-Cola, Parker Brand Creative, Redfish Rentals, Iberia Bank, First Federal Bank, JD Bank, Nissan of Lake Charles, KPLC, Lamar, and Edward Jones.