This weekend you can relive the 1990s and support charities for Louisiana military personnel and their families.
The Summerland Tour featuring four alt-rock bands that tore up the charts 20 years ago will visit Lava Cantina at Baton Rouge’s Perkins Rowe. Ticket purchases will benefit the Red, Rock and Blue nonprofit.
“It’s not going to be a bloated show,” said Jacques Doucet, a sports anchor for WAFB, Channel 9, and founder of the Red, Rock and Blue charity. “Everybody is going to play the songs people want to hear.”
Doucet’s Red, Rock and Blue nonprofit grew out of a charity softball game that began two decades ago. Since 2007, it has presented summer concerts to raise money for military-related foundations.
This year’s show will benefit three charities. Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana provides several services for active personnel and their families. The Covington-based Support Our War Heroes assists veterans of wars after 9/11. Wounded War Heroes provides outdoor activities for veterans, including hunting and fishing trips.
“It’s a great bill, and it’s for a great cause,” Doucet said.
Sugar Ray, with its ubiquitous frontman Mark McGrath, was first known for “Fly,” a No. 1 hit song in 1997 that featured elements of reggae and hip hop with an unforgettable hook. Their follow-up album, “14:59,” was certified triple platinum thanks to hits like “Every Morning” and “Someday.”
Everclear found success on the pop charts with crunchy guitars and angst-filled lyrics. In 1995 their hit song, “Santa Monica,” pushed their “Sparkle and Fade” album to platinum status, and their follow-up album, “So Much for the Afterglow,” also found significant airplay on the radio.
Lit is best known for the 1999 hit “My Own Worst Enemy,” while MTV darling Sponge had two radio hits from its gold album “Rotting Pinata.”
The outdoor setting at Lava Cantina can accommodate about 1,200, Doucet said, with a street of the shopping complex cordoned off for the concert. Late-afternoon shadows from the tall Neuromedical Center building and parking garage will create plenty of shade along with some palm trees, Doucet said.
“It’s really pleasant out there in the afternoon,” he said.