Here in Southwest Louisiana, we have a big appetite for good eats and good music, which is why Lake Charles is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival to be held on Saturday, June 25, inside the Exhibition Hall at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
This family affair, complete with marketplace vendors, offers arts and crafts for all ages and live jazz music, accompanied by the finest cooking from your favorite food trucks in Southwest Louisiana. Admission is only $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.
Festival sponsor Rikenjaks Brewing Company will host a Media Night on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. that is open to the public and features the musical talent of local legendary pianist, Chester Daigle and his son, jazz violinist Jairus Daigle. The Festival, hosted by Tim Prater, will be followed by a special VIP event, “Jazz After Dark,” with musical performances by two-time Grammy finalist Mickey Smith, Jr., the renowned David L. Harris Quartet, headliner Jeremy Benoit and more. “Jazz After Dark” will be emceed by KPLC’s Mari Wilson and co-host Amie Herbert.
“The Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Fest is fast becoming a respected hub for the gathering place for great local and renowned artists, paying respect to all the many branches and legacies of jazz,” said festival co-director, Shari Davis. “This is definitely the place to go if you are either completely inexperienced with jazz and want to learn more, or if you’re a seasoned expert. There is something for everyone!
Join the fun and excitement at the Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival to enjoy our unique and diverse cultures. “Let’s awaken a love for the evolving jazz genre, including blues, modern or smooth jazz, the speedy, hard-hitting rhythms of be-bop, and the earthy vibes of soul jazz,” Davis said.
For more info on the Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival, visit http://www.swlashrimpNjazzfest.comor contact Shari Davis at (337) 309-2712.