The 18th Annual Price LeBlanc Toyota and Nissan Swamp Pop Music Festival is Friday and Saturday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s air-conditioned Trademart building in Gonzales.
The festival, which annually draws as many as 6,000 attendees, opens at 6 p.m. Friday with Kenny Fife and Bac Trac. Other acts during the weekend include Warren Storm, Willie T and Cypress featuring Tommy McLain; Don Rich; T.K. Hulin, G.G. Shinn and Steve Adams; Kenny Cornett and Killin’ Time; and closing night band Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition.
In addition to the music, the festival features a two-day Jambalaya Festival Association cook-off. Festivalgoers can sample jambalaya prepared by 100 competing chefs. Saturday the event features a car and truck show.
All proceeds from the Swamp Pop Music Festival will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The festival began as a grassroots effort in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1998. It’s become one of the nation’s largest CF Foundation events.
Swamp pop music originated in south Louisiana in the 1950s. It blends New Orleans rhythm-and-blues, country, Cajun and Creole music. A style of dance music, its principal instruments include saxophones and other wind instruments, pianos and electric guitars.
SWAMP POP MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
6 p.m: Kenny Fife and Bac Trac
8 p.m.: Warren Storm, Willie T and Cypress featuring Tommy McLain
10 p.m.: Don Rich
10:30 a.m.: Big River Express
Noon: T.K. Hulin, G.G. Shinn and Steve Adams
2:30 p.m.: Kenny Cornett and Killin’ Time
4:30 p.m.: South 70
6:30 p.m.: Junior LaCrosse and Sumtin Sneaky
8:30 p.m.: Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition