The 18th annual Price LeBlanc Toyota and Nissan Swamp Pop Music Festival, presented by Sigma Engineers, will be held Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s Trademart building.

All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Swamp pop, a blend of rhythm and blues, hillbilly, Cajun and Creole music, was born in the 1950s when Louisiana teenagers traded their fiddles, accordions and steel guitars for saxophones, pianos and electric guitars after hearing their new rock ’n’ roll idols on the radio.

The festival also will feature a two-day Jambalaya Festival Association Cook-Off, as well as an Alternate Route Cruisers open car and truck show on July 18.

Admission is $12 on the first day of the festival and $17 on the second day.

For more information, visit www.swamppopmusicfest.com or call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (225) 769-9994.

The Swamp Pop Music Festival, which began in 1998 as a grass-roots effort to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is one of the foundation’s best-attended events nationwide.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

JULY 17

5 p.m.: Gates open

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Kenny Fife and Bac Trac

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Warren Storm, Willie Tee and Cypress Band with Tommy McLain

10 p.m. to midnight: Don Rich

JULY 18

10 a.m .: Gates open

10:30 a.m. to noon: Big River Express

Noon to 2:30 p.m.: T.K. Hulin and G.G. Shinn with Steve Adams

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Kenny Cornett and Killin’ Time

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: South 70

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Junior LaCrosse and Sumtin’ Sneaky

8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Ryan Foret and the Foret Tradition