Na Na Sha is headlining a new music festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez and the Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council, Inc. said Ascension Music Jam 2015 is slated from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 18 on the grounds of Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The seven-hour concert featuring bands exclusively from Ascension Parish will take place in front of Arena C facing the main entrance on St. Landry Road. Admission is $5 per person with a portion of the proceeds going to parish recreation to restock the fishing ponds at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

“The idea for this music concert came about because we wanted to showcase our local musical talent,” Martinez said. “Our parish has a rich heritage of talented musicians and having Lamar-Dixon as the setting for this event works out perfectly. We want music lovers to bring their chairs, tents and dancing shoes and have a great time.”

Martin McConnell, sales and marketing director for Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, said a dancing area will be in front of the stage and locations surrounding the concert grounds will be specifically for tents. He said food, drinks and adult beverages will be on sale.

Arthur Broussard and the Back Yard Band, a variety music band playing Swamp Pop and country music, will kick off the event at 2 p.m., followed by the Lil’ Bayou Band at 3:30 p.m.

High energy horn band Hai Karate will take the stage at 5 p.m. followed by Mike Broussard and Night Train at 6:30 p.m., with special guests Van and Grace Broussard.

Na Na Sha will round out the day’s musical line up at 8 p.m.

Pets, ice chests, outside food and beverages are all prohibited, McConnell said.

For information, call McConnell at (225) 450-1035, or visit or