Live @ the Lakefront
Live @ The Lakefront returned to the Civic Center Arcade Amphitheater in March of 2014 to bring the Lake Area another incredible season of live music. The free outdoor concert series is presented annually by the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions, and since its start in 2012, the series has brought thousands of people together to celebrate bands and musicians from across the state with an emphasis on homegrown Lake Area talent.
The 2014 season kicked off with Pine Leaf Boys whose inimitable brand of energetic Cajun music has garnered four GRAMMY nominations. Local jam rock band Fresh Nectar opened the series on March 14. The Flamethrowers brought their high energy cover rock hits that have sold out venues across the Gulf Coast since 2005 to Live @ The Lakefront on March 21. Local Rockabilly heroes The Loaded 44rz opened the show on March 21. March 28 concluded the concert series with the return of roots reggae band Ashes of Babylon. Originally from Lake Charles, Ashes of Babylon combines jazz, R&B, and funk with their original reggae sound. Lafayette-based Acadian folk/indie folk duo, The Onlies opened the night.
Beyond six live music performances over the course of the season, Live @ the Lakefront offers an extensive open air market full of local artists and artisanal vendors with original works of art and handcrafted wares for sale each Friday. Locally-owned restaurants and food trucks set up shop, and the public is encouraged to bring chairs and a blanket to put down on the amphitheater’s green space.The Arts Council sells Coke, wine, bottled water, and Budweiser and Miller products with all beverage sales acting as a fundraiser for the arts in Southwest Louisiana. No pets or outside food or ice chests are allowed.