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A large crowd gathers at a previous Downtown at Sundown event. This year's concert series kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16. (Special to the American Press)

A large crowd gathers at a previous Downtown at Sundown event. This year's concert series kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16. (Special to the American Press)

Louisiana Express, Barbe Show Choir to kick off Downtown at Sundown

Last Modified: Thursday, May 08, 2014 2:02 PM

Special to the American Press

The city of Lake Charles’ Downtown at Sundown concert series, now in its 16th year, will begin May 16 and run 6-9 p.m. on four consecutive Fridays.

The 700-800 blocks of Ryan Street — between Division and Pujo streets — will be closed to traffic and parking 3-10 p.m. each Friday for a street fair, featuring entertainment, food, table-top galleries and children’s activities.

All cross streets will remain open for traffic. Surrounding parking lots will be open and available for parking cars.

Barbe High School’s show choir will perform 6-7 p.m. in the 700 block of Ryan Street. The group, known as The Last Hour, features three guitarists, a bass guitarist, a drummer, a keyboardist and six singers.

Chris Miller, show choir director, said spots on the show choir are coveted and limited; about 60 students audition annually, and only 14 are chosen.

“These are some of the most talented musical students in our area,” Miller said. “This rock concert consists of commercial music done as close as we can to the original style as possible. The group covers a wide range of music — from the Beatles to Bruno Mars and Pharrell to Foghat.”

On the main stage, Louisiana Express will kick off the season with the sounds of the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Chris Flowers frontlines the band, which features a four-piece horn section, a four-piece rhythm section and vocalists.

The season will continue with City Heat, May 23; Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars, May 30; and Boomerang, June 6.

If inclement weather prevails, the concerts will be held inside the Lake Charles Civic Center. No pets or outside beverages will be permitted on site. For event and vendor information, call 491-9159 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

Beverage sales during Downtown at Sundown will benefit the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana. For information on the group, visit literacyswla.org or call 494-7000 or 888-LIT-SWLA.

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