The 2017 season of Live at the Lakefront kicks off on Friday, March 17th with the return of funk/soul band Tank and the Bangas, who hail from nearby New Orleans. This free concert series will take place at the Lakefront Promenade’s Arcade Amphitheatre from 6pm to 10pm.
Presented annually by the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions, Live @ the Lakefront brings live music, local art, and cuisine to the downtown lakefront on the last three Fridays in March, for an all-encompassing celebration of Lake Area culture.
Tank and the Bangas bring an eclectic mix of genres such as rock, gospel, soul, and spoken word, drawing the audience in with their creative and distinctive sound. Formed in a shotgun house in New Orleans, their qualities relate them to the city that birthed them, but together they have molded a unique flair that separates them from other bands.
Tank and the Bangas recently won NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest. The judges watched over 6,000 videos, more submissions than ever before, and fell in love with the organic performance of the band’s song “Quick.” The judging panel consisted of ten judges, including Phish guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio, who said, “Tank is a force of nature, just full of joy — and her band is killing in the background.”
The group also won “Band of the Year” at the New Orleans Big Easy Awards and appeared on The Tonight Show with multiple Grammy award-winning artist Norah Jones.
Opening for Tank and the Bangas will be singer/songwriter Brittany Pfantz, who was recently a finalist in the Nash Next Challenge, and Elms District, an indie-folk duo that mixes bluegrass, powerful harmonies, and unconventional musicianship to communicate their love for music.
The season will continue on March 24th with Lost Bayou Ramblers and headlining sponsor Fusion Five, and on March 31st with The Flamethrowers and headlining sponsor Shiner Beer.
$1 raffle tickets will be available at each concert, for a chance to win a custom Shiner-branded Epiphone Les Paul guitar and amp during the March 31st concert.
Live @ the Lakefront will also include an extensive local art market each Friday as well as delicious menu items 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, and no outside ice chests are allowed.
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.