Ascension Parish community photo gallery for April 14, 2016 _lowres

File photo provided by Lester Kenyon -- Radio personality Roland Doucet and dance partner Arlene Brignac dance at last year’s Ascension Music Jam at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The music jam features Ascension Parish bands with an emphasis on dance music.

The Ascension Music Jam 2016 kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s newly remodeled 4-H Building.

The seven-hour concert, organized by the Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council, will feature five bands exclusively from Ascension Parish.

“This is the second year of the Ascension Music Jam, and we want our residents and people from all over the southern region to come pass a great time here at Lamar-Dixon,” Parish President Kenny Matassa said. “We had a good turn-out last year for the first music jam, and we really want to fill up the 4-H building.”

Admission is $5 per person, and food, drinks and concessions will be available. Tables and chairs will be provided. Coolers and pets will be prohibited.

Off The Grid starts at 2 p.m., followed by Trent Bourgeois at 3:30 p.m. and Arthur Broussard & The Back Yard Band at 5 p.m.

Mike Broussard and Night Train plays at 6:30 p.m. and Kenny Cornett and Killin’ Time takes the stage at 8 p.m.

The 4-H Building is approximately 75,000 square feet and includes exhibition space, a new lobby, meeting rooms and an expanded and upgraded concessions kitchen. The building was enclosed with large operable windows and a new heating and air-conditioning system.

“The first two things festivalgoers will notice when they walk through the doors of the 4-H Building are the comfortable atmosphere and the spacious concert area,” Matassa said.

For information, call Martin McConnell, sales and marketing manager for Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, at (225) 450-1035, or visit or