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Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and Cane River Waterway Commission
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7:00 - 8:15 Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators (Zydeco) from south Louisiana’s “Royal Family” of Zydeco music, Gerard plays a perfect combination of traditional Zydeco and modern, high-energy original tunes.
8:30 - 10:00 L. A. Roxx (Glam Rock Tribute) a festival favorite, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Glam Rock Hair Band,” L. A. Roxx will blow everyone away with their faithful recreations of the great “Hair Band” songs of the ’80s.
1:00 – 2:00 Klockwork Band (Rhythm & Blues) This Houston-based R&B group features Natchitoches natives Michael Kennedy, Benny Wheeler, Brent Nabers, and Tameka Hardison and has performed with the Grambling Tiger Marching Band. They will be playing all your favorite R&B hits.
2:15 – 3:45 The Chase Tyler Band (High-energy Country) Chase plays a high-energy mix of Southern Rock, Country, Swamp Pop, and dance favorites, and his vocal abilities, high energy, and command of the stage make him one of the most sought-after entertainers on the Gulf Coast Region.
4:00 – 5:00 Johnny Earthquake & The Moondogs (High-energy variety show band) This Natchitoches-based R&B/Rock/Funk Band is the only group to have performed in all of the previous twenty-four Jazz/R&B Festivals. They regularly perform all over the south including an annual legendary beach concert in Pensacola, Florida featuring the “Horny Boys” horn section. They will be playing to the “Stuff That Screams Are Made Of!”
5:05 – 5:20 James Burton (Guitar Legend) A true legend and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Burton pioneered Rockabilly guitar as a member of Ricky Nelson’s band, then famously led Elvis Presley’s TCB Band until the King’s death in 1977. A multiple Grammy winner, Burton was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top guitarists of all time and is cited by many famous guitarists as a major influence.
5:25 – 5:55 Marty Haggard (Country – “Tribute to Merle”) will be performing a tribute to the music of his famous father, Merle. This tribute will be made even more special as Marty will be joined by James Burton who actually played on the recordings of some of Merle’s biggest hits, including “Mama Tried, “ and “Workman’s Blues.” This is sure to be an unforgettable performance.
5:55 – 6:25 DeShawn Washington (R&B vocalist) This is Natchitoches native Deshawn’s return to the festival after an absence of several years. Deshawn had a great run on the hit TV series, “The Voice,” where John Legend praised his vocal abilities calling him, “An Old Soul.” More recently, Deshawn has become a social media sensation, garnering millions of views with his A cappella performances, which has led to a recent appearance and performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Deshawn also performed the National Anthem prior to a New Orleans Saints home football game and the New Orleans Pelicans' last home game for the season. Deshawn plans to tour later this year.
6:50 – 8:20 Resurrection (Journey tribute) This Nashville-based Journey tribute band is returning to the festival by popular demand after performing in NSU’s Prather Coliseum several years ago and blowing away those in attendance. Resurrection is considered to be “The Gold Standard” by which all Journey tributes are measured and faithfully recreate the experience of a 1980s Journey concert.
8:45 – 10:15 The Commodores (Presented by Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and the Cane River Waterway Commission) This legendary Grammy-winning R&B/Funk/Soul group has been making great music for nearly half a century including such hits as including “Easy,” “Three Times A Lady,” “Brick House,” and many more. They are in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and have sold over 70 million albums worldwide during their distinguished career. This promises to be one of the greatest shows ever to be performed on the riverbank.
The Venue on Front St. Jazz Stage
12:00 – 1:00 Dave Duplissey’s Sax in the Corner Band (Smooth Jazz) Recording artist and local saxophone legend Dave Duplissey brings his Sax in the Corner Band to the stage for a tasty mix of smooth jazz and popular music hits.
1:15 – 2:15 The Nakatosh Rhythm Chiefs (Gypsy Jazz) The Chiefs will be jamming out some “gypsy jazz” – a style of jazz reminiscent of the late, great, Django Reinhardt. Led by local guitarist Luke Brouillette, the group will include guitarist Seth Wimberly along with Baton Rouge’s incredible Patrick Bordelon.
2:30 – 3:30 The Nakatosh Rhythm Chiefs for another hour of fine Gypsy Jazz.
3:45 – 4:45 Forsyth Jazz Collective (Jazz) The Forsyth Jazz Collective has been a Natchitoches-based jazz ensemble for the past seven years. This forceful, innovative group led by saxophonist Dr. Paul Forsyth, the group incorporates NSU faculty, NSU students, and former students, as well as prominent local jazz musicians.
Roque House Stage
12:00 – 1:00 LA Sweet T (Latin Rhythms) This uber-talented group of NSU music students hailing from Columbia will play an eclectic mix of Latin, Jazz, and Rock & Roll. Not to be missed!
1:10 – 2:10 The Kelli Roberts Band (Rock & Roll variety), led by their soulful lead singer, KRB will perform many of your favorite hits from the ’60s until today including songs by Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, and many others.
2:20 – 3:20 The Sundown Band (Rock & Country) This hard-rocking group of veteran musicians will play a high-energy set of Rock & Roll classics with a heavy dose of Southern Rock and even some Country thrown in.
3:30 – 4:30 Armadillo Jackal Band (Americana/Folk) is led by Ben Rushing. This eclectic group of veteran musicians refuses to have their music pigeonholed, so we will just call them “Americana.” They play great music with a bit of humor thrown in as well.
4:45 – 5:45 Jesse Cole (Alternative Rock) led by the lead singer of the popular area group Breaktime for Francis, Jesse Cole, features original alternative Rock with a distinctive 90’s flavor with some favorite covers thrown in as well.
6:00 – 7:00 Josh Hyde and The Lost Parish (Original NOLA-Style Blues) Josh is a perennial favorite at the festival, having played here several times over the years. Josh is the purveyor of a unique brand of New Orleans- tinged original Louisiana blues music. He and his band, The Lost Parish, will be performing cuts from his critically acclaimed fourth studio album, “Parish Blues.” Josh’s music has been described by slide guitar legend, Sonny Landreth, as being “funky, atmospheric, and soulful.”
Fleur De Lis Stage
12:00 – 1:00 The Turn-Ups (Classic Rock) This group of veteran Rockers out of Many, Louisiana, always bring the show, and always turn the volume up to 11! They play a high-energy mix of Classic Rock, with a little Blues and Country thrown in.
1:10 – 2:10 Snake Doctors (Americana/Blues/Folk) This Natchitoches group of talented musicians will be performing an eclectic mix of Americana/Blues/Folk music with a bit of storytelling and humor thrown in and will feature harmonica player and multi-instrumentalist, Ed Huey.
2:20 – 3:20 50 Man Machine (Celtic/Americana) Perhaps the most eclectic, unusual, and interesting group in the entire festival, the 50 Man Machine setlist includes Celtic, Scottish, and Rock & Roll music all rolled into one. Two things are for certain, you will be entertained by this group, led by Collier Hyams, and it will be the only group in the festival featuring bagpipes.
3:30 – 4:30 The Comeback Kids (Classic Rock & Country) This group of veteran musicians out of Winnfield performed together decades ago and reunited a year ago under this appropriate name. They added a soulful female singer, and perform a great mix of Classic, Rock & Roll, and Country. This is their debut performance at the festival.
4:45 – 5:45 Cane River Soul (Classic Rock/R&B/Funk) led by powerhouse vocalist, Jarrett Bailey. This group of talented musicians from the Natchitoches area plays a pleasing mix of Rock, Funk, and Soul that you will not want to miss.
6:00 – 7:00 B Cam and The Zydeco Young Bucks (High-energy Zydeco) This is north Louisiana’s hottest Zydeco band featuring their high-energy leader and a great group of musicians forming a fantastic mix of original and traditional Zydeco music that will have the crowd jumping and dancing for sure.