Country, blues, rock and zydeco artists are performing up and down the west side of the Mississippi River this spring.
The Spring Willows, a ‘40s and ‘50s themed band, kicked off the seasonal music concerts in Plaquemine.
The city of Port Allen will follow the show up with its first iteration of Live on the Levee, beginning on Thursday, April 20, and recurring each Thursday until Thursday, May 4, at the Old Ferry Landing.
“It’s a little something for everyone,” said Rose Roche, the city’s community development director. “We think this is a good way for the community to get out and meet their neighbors.”
Similarly, the town of Addis begins its own three-part series of Live at Five on the Westside on April 28 at the Railroad Museum Park.
Both Port Allen and Addis launched similar concert series last year, beginning with Port Allen’s Blues on the Levee series, a three-concert series on the Old Ferry Landing that culminated with Kenny Neal’s annual blues concert in West Baton Rouge. Addis Mayor David Toups said the spring concert series is the continuation of fall concert that was well received by the community.
Both concert series in Port Allen and Addis are modeled off of the spring and fall Live After 5 concert series in downtown Baton Rouge.
This spring’s music lineup:
LIVE AT FIVE ON THE WEST SIDE
Starts at 5 p.m. in Addis
Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition
LIVE ON THE LEVEE Starts at 5:30 p.m. in Port Allen
MUSIC ON THE RIVER
Starts at 5 in Plaquemine
Eddie Smith Trio