Chapter 2 of Live @ the Lakefront will unfold Friday, March 15, with the Lost Bayou Ramblers of Lafayette and John Guidroz of Lake Charles presenting their own distinct styles of music.
The free concert will be held on the promenade behind the Lake Charles Civic Center from 6 to 10 p.m.
Live @ the Lakefront, presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the city of Lake Charles, will continue Friday, March 22, with Ashes of Babylon (reggae) and the Lochness Mobsters (garage rock).
The Lost Bayou Ramblers was formed in 1999 by Louis and Andre Michot, members of a musical family from Pilette, an unincorporated community in Lafayette Parish.
Louis Michot said the group “wanted to keep alive the old Cajun music by such pioneers as Nathan Abshire and Joe Falcon.” But he said they also drew on modern influences such as Western and rock.
“It has taken us a while to find our audience,” he said in a telephone interview with the American Press. “But we are now well-received by young people in Lafayette, New Orleans and Austin, Texas.”
The group has toured all over the United States and made appearances abroad.
“We play about 120 gigs a year, but as with most musicians, it’s feast or famine,” he said.
To further honor the greats of the past in Cajun music, Michot is host of “Le Reviel” on KRVS-FM, where he plays recordings of traditional French music.
Guidroz, acoustic guitar and vocalist, appears with a three-piece backup rhythm section. He characterizes his music as somewhat adult contemporary but backs off from a concrete definition by talking about his country and rock influences.
He, too, grew up with music in the home. His grandmother played piano for family gatherings, and his father played trumpet with community bands.
By trade he is a newspaper reporter with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication. However, “If I could make a living in music, I would. I like traveling around the country to clubs and such,” he said.
He is also a songwriter.
“I usually come up with a melody on the guitar and then work on the lyrics around that,” he said.
His first full-length album, “Yesterday’s News,” was released in September. It was recorded locally and produced by Matt Moss. Moss played bass and other instruments on the album. Other musicians include Jacob Robles (drums) and Kris Harper (guitar).
At Live @ the Lakefront several local restaurants and food trucks will be on site. People are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to put down on the promenade’s grass.
The arts council will sell soda, wine, bottled water and beer, with all beverage sales benefitting the arts in Southwest Louisiana. No pets or outside food or ice chests are allowed. In case of bad weather, the concert will take place inside the Civic Center.
• Live @ the Lakefront will be 6-10 p.m. with performances by the Lost Bayou Ramblers and John Guidroz.
• Admission is free. The arts council will sell beverages, and local restaurants will have food trucks and booths. Vendors will have locally produced art and craft products for sale.