Music in the Park canceled

Brandie Richardson
A few of the residents enjoying Music in the Park last year.

Gonzales' beloved free music concert series, Music in the Park, has been canceled this year due to the flood damage that occurred this past August. The City of Gonzales announced this decision on their Facebook page last Friday.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the 2017 has been cancelled," read the Facebook post. "We hope residents and visitors will understand that severe damage to not only City Hall and its grounds, but also to the Gonzales Civic Center have led to this decision. The Civic Center has been used as a rainout location, and without that access, and a season that seems unpredictable weather wise, the decision was made."

Though the spring concert is canceled, the City hopes to develop a fall series and is working to ensure that the 2018 spring series will continue.

"It is unfortunate having to cancel the Music in the Park Series, but we felt it was needed because of the Civic Center use as an emergency back up," said Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux. "We hope to resume at a later date."

Music in the Park is a free Spring concert series that was started five years ago by the Mayor's Council on the Arts as a way to provide cultural and artistic opportunities for residents to enjoy. Every Sunday in April, a different band would perform at the Jambalaya Park Amphitheater. In the past, residents saw live performances from LeRoux, Hai Karate, George Bell and Friends, Marcia Ball and Rockin' Dopsie, to name a few.