Music in the Park set to begin

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Mayor’s Council on the Arts for the City of Gonzales announced its much anticipated new spring concert series.

The event will be presented free to the public  on four consecutive Sundays in Jambalaya Park from 2 until 5 p.m.

Headliners include Marcia Ball, Herman Jackson, and Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet.

Starting Sunday March 27 and concluding on Sunday, April 17, this series provides a cultural and artistic opportunity for the community of Gonzales to gather and celebrate artistic musical talents in a relaxed outdoor venue.

“The Music in the Park Series is an event I’m excited to introduce here in the City of Gonzales,” said Mayor Barney Arceneaux.  “With this event, we hope to expand the quality of life opportunities available to the citizens of Gonzales and surrounding areas.”

Arceneaux said the Jambalaya Park Amphitheater venue would allow those attending the series to relax in a laid-back concert atmosphere.

“It’s a new twist on entertainment in Gonzales that I hope all of our citizens can enjoy,” the mayor said.

On Sunday, March 27, Marcia Ball, the queen of the bayou, kicks off the series. Singer/pianist  Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of Southern Boogie.

Herman Jackson brings his impressive musical skill to the stage at Jambalaya Park on Sunday April 3. This outstanding Jazz drummer who is dedicated to the local community and education who keeps wowing the jazz enthusiasts and working with his brother Randy on outstanding music projects.

Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet will share their much celebrated sounds with the crowd on Sunday, April 10,  This multiple Grammy winning group draws huge crowds inside and outside of Louisiana. They embrace their rich Cajun traditions and artfully blend their music and sound with Zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, and Tex-Mex Country to create a unique and highly-celebrated sound.

The Spring season of the Music in the Park concert series concludes on April 17 with After 8. After 8 plays soulful, grooving Funk and R&B that makes the crowd dance and move with great hits from the 60s through the 90s.

Sponsors for the concert series include Percy, Stromberg, Bush and Lanoux, R.J. Daigle & Sons, The Brewer Group, EATEL, Vernon Gautreaux, Waguespack & Associates and Postlethwaite & Netterville.

For more information on the Music in the Park concert series, contact Sandy Alleman at sandra@gonzalesla.com.