17th annual Swamp Pop Music Fest a success

STAFF REPORT @WeeklyCitizen
DeRon Talley

The 17th annual Swamp Pop Music Festival packed the Trade Mart building at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on Friday and Saturday.

The festival, again, brought its genre of Louisiana music alongside Cajun, zydeco, and blues, as hundreds danced during the two-day event.

The festival featured a number of nationally known performers, along with Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductees, South Louisiana Music Association award winners, and many more of the most popular swamp pop performers.

The event began in 1998 when Cody Marchand, a local swamp pop entertainer, approached his friend David Eastridge with the idea for a fundraising concert. David’s beloved granddaughter, Sarah, had just been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF). Sarah’s family was devastated by the news that she had a life-threatening illness. They did not want to simply wait and pray for a cure; they took matters into their own hands to find a cure for her by raising money for medical research.

Cody and David started the Swamp Pop Music Festival as a grassroots fundraising event in conjunction with the Baton Rouge office of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It has increased tremendously in popularity each year.

Proceeds from the Swamp Pop Music Festival benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to “find a cure for cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for people living with the disease. We accomplish this by funding life-saving research and working to provide access to quality care and effective therapies for people with CF.”