Vieux Carre to headline Gator Fest _lowres

Photo provided by Vieux Carre -- The band Vieu Carre, with singer Rachel Fleetwood, front and center, will headline Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Holy Name of Jesus Gator Fest.

You may recognize Rachel Fleetwood from her work with the Humane Society and the Jefferson SPCA: She picks up strays in the community and posts online pictures of animals that need homes. But on Friday, you can see her in a different light, as glamorous lead singer for Vieux Carre, which headlines the three-day Holy Name of Jesus School Gator Fest.

Fleetwood raises her voice to aid the animal groups, too. She performed at the Hurricane Katrina anniversary gala to raise money for the Humane Society, SPCA and Animal Rescue of New Orleans, she said.

Vieux Carre has been together for almost 26 years, playing dates as varied as opening for singer Keith Urban, three years at Gretna Fest and at weddings. Featuring multiple male voices and a swell of horns, along with Fleetwood, the band covers everything from classic rock such as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You,” to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do.”

Although the Holy Name set list will be the band’s usual forte, the performance has resonance for Fleetwood, who hopes to get into Christian music, too. “And original music. Not a hobby, but inspired by God,” she said.

She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, part-time, and she writes songs.

At the three-day Holy Name fest, check out carnival rides, food and more live music. Admission is free; proceeds go to the school.

Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Vieux Carre headlines Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Remedy plays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, it’s Anais St. John from noon to 2 p.m. and MoJeaux from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.