Live at the Lakefront kicks off March 14

By By Alex Onken / American Press

Next week will start the first in three different concerts for this season’s Live at the Lakefront, on Friday, March 14.

This year’s headliners include Pine Leaf Boys, The Flame Throwers, and Ashes of Babylon. Opening acts include Fresh Nectar,

The Loaded 44rz, and The Onlies.

The concert series, which started in 2012, has grown larger since its inception.

“The first year it felt a bit of a risk

to start this series,” said Erica McCreedy, executive director for the

Arts & Humanities

Council of SWLA. “We were a little nervous at first; but, we were

so overwhelmed with support from other people.

The event has grown steadily to a rough attendance of over 3,000 people at the event. McCreedy expresses that she would like

to see the music series turn into something that could take place during the entire summer.

The event boasts a family friendly atmosphere with attractions and events for children as well as people of all ages.

“This has become a great family event.

This year for the March 14th concert, we’re bringing in a magician and

public art projects

for kids to take part in. We want to make sure that families come

down and have a good time as well as young people, singles,

and young professionals.” McCreedy said.

In addition to the music, the event

will also have an art market for people to browse and buy. The art

market will include

works by local artists including, Jim Pool, Dewey Fine Art, Peggy

Borel, Danny Allain, Morgan Allain, and Mischelle Jasken,

along with many others.

“We have a lot of new artists down there, and a lot of big names in the area that people want to buy their work, but don’t

know where to buy it, so this is a great place to meet at,” McCreedy said.

Food vendors will also be available, and will have seafood options available for the Lenten season.

After the concert, an after party will be held at Botsky’s located at 104 W. Pujo St. with extended hours and food and drink

specials.

For more information visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org. The event will be streamed live on www.lakecharles.com.