Swamp Pop Festival kicks off

Staff reports

It sounds like a South Louisiana recipe that’s music to the ears!  Take a bit of Cajun and R&B, sprinkle in some Creole, a pinch of Rock and Zydeco, add a dash of country, garnish with a bellowing horn section and you’ve cooked up a special genre of music native only to Louisiana---Swamp Pop.   The Swamp Pop Music Festival presented by Paragon Casino Resort will welcome over 6,000 visitors July 15 & 16 in the fully air-conditioned Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s Trademart building to raise critical funds to aid the fight to find a cure or control for cystic fibrosis.   

Reunion featuring Ronnie Melancon kicks off the fun Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Coozan, TK Hulin & GG Shinn and Jamie Bergeron & the kickin’ Cajuns will wrap it up around 12:30 a.m.  On Saturday the music is non-stop from noon to midnight featuring Cliff Nickens, Kenny Cornett & Killin’ Time , Ryan Foret & The Foret Tradition, Treater with Charles Mann , Kenny Fife & Bac Trac, Warren Storm, Willie T & Cypress with Tommy McLain, and Van Broussard & The Bayou Boogie Band with special guest Grace Broussard.

In addition to the music, the festival will feature a two-day Jambalaya Association Cook-Off where visitors can sample some of the tastiest jambalaya found anywhere in the world as close to a hundred jambalaya chefs meet head-to-head in two separate heats.

An open truck and car show presented by Alternate Route Cruisers will take place on Saturday and guests will also have to opportunity to meet Trapper Joe LaFont, Trigger Tommy & The Guist Brothers from the hit show Swamp People on The History Channel.  There will also be a Swamp Pop Music Festival pageant on August 13th at Lutcher High.  

All proceeds from the Swamp Pop Music Festival benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which works to find a cure and to better the quality of life for those with the disease.  The Swamp Pop Music Festival began as a grassroots effort to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1998 and is now one of the nation’s largest attended events the CF Foundation puts on in the country.

Admission to the 14th Annual Swamp Pop Festival is $12 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. 

For more information, visit www.swamppopmusicfest.com or contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 225-769-9994.

 All proceeds from the Swamp Pop Music Festival benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Events such as The Swamp Pop Music Festival are making a difference in the lives of Cystic Fibrosis patients around the country.  In 1955, children born with Cystic Fibrosis often died before reaching elementary school. Today, the median predicted age of survival is more than 37 years.  For over 20 years, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has consistently been recognized as one of the most effective and efficient organizations of its kind as nearly 90 cents of every dollar of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation revenue goes to support vital research, medical and education programs.

For more information, please contact Erin or Kelly at 225-769-9994.