Eighteen bands highlight festival
Eighteen bands will perform on two stages during this weekend’s Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival in downtown Morgan City.
While the majority of the entertainers will perform Friday through Monday in Lawrence Park on the Petroleum Heritage Stage, sponsored by Murphy Exploration, a second stage will be set up downtown at Front and Freret streets where Rhythms on the River has been held.
One band apiece will perform on Friday and Saturday nights on the Front Street stage, a new addition to this year’s festival.
Festival Executive Director Lee Delaune said Front Street may not be the permanent resting place for the stage, if it is used in future years. If the second stage is successful this year, Delaune said he would like to add more entertainment to the festival at that second venue in the future.
“This is basically a trial,” he said. “We’re the only festival that I can honestly say that I’ve been to — and I’ve been to many of them — that still only has one band stage. We’re the oldest (chartered harvest) festival in Louisiana.”
Delaune said he is not worried about sound being an issue, explaining that when he went to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, there were two band stages in the same park that was a little bigger than the landscape in Morgan City, and he could not hear one band over the other.
He said he is not worried about one band detracting from the other performer’s audience, either.
The festival lineup will begin on Friday with performances by Jamie Bergeron & Kickin’ Cajuns (6-7:45 p.m.), Vintage (8-9:30 p.m.) and Category 6 (10-11:45 p.m.), all on the Petroleum Heritage Stage, and VooDoo Bayou Band (7:45-9:45 p.m.) on the River Stage.
On Saturday, Sheauxdown (1-3 p.m.), Wiseguys (3:30-5:30 p.m.), Southern Cross (6-8 p.m.) and Allison Collins (9-11 p.m.) will perform on the main stage, while DêJa Vu (7- 9 p.m.) will perform on the River Stage.
Sunday’s lineup includes Tommy G and the Stormy Weather (1-3 p.m.), Tesa James (3:30-5:30 p.m.), Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band/Amanda Shaw (6-8 p.m.) and David St. Romain (9-11 p.m.).
The festival will conclude with a Monday lineup of Don Rich (1-2:30 p.m.), Good Feelin’ Band (3-4:30 p.m.), Damon Troy (5-6:30 p.m.) and Mojeaux (7-9 p.m.).
Below are bios are the individual bands:
& Kickin’ Cajuns
As one of the most in demand acts along the Gulf Coast, Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns plays various festivals, nightclubs and corporate events nationwide.
With a mix of traditional Cajun music to current Rock-n-Roll with a Cajun twist, this band has been entertaining audiences for more than nine years now with no signs of slowing down.
Vintage features a line-up of two vocalists — male and female — guitar, keyboard and bass and drums. The band plays cover songs from four decades with heavy emphasis on the Rockin’ 80s. As one of the premier party bands on the Gulf Coast, audiences get a night of driving, jubilant music that is equal parts tent revival, fraternity party and grandiose rock show.
Category 6 features Kris LaCoste, former lead singer/founder of the Chee-Weez. With one of the most elaborate and unique light shows, Category 6 offers a variety of music.
VooDoo Bayou Band
Houma-based Voodoo Bayou Band combines their storied musical pasts into a unique sound that is equal parts Americana Rock, Delta Blues and Funk Fusion, all while maintaining their obvious southern roots with distinctive New Orleans flair.
This five-piece Houma band, founded in 2008, plays Country to Classic Rock and Southern Rock music.
The Wiseguys are made up of some of the finest local New Orleans musicians, including a legendary horn section. Their variety and style make them the pinnacle New Orleans cover band, performing top 40 songs as well as those classic New Orleans R&B favorites.
Southern Cross is one of the most familiar constellations in the southern hemisphere. Ironically enough, the crux of Southern Cross is comprised of five individual veteran stars who light up the southern sky, much like the band.
DéJa Vu is a five piece band that calls south Louisiana home. DéJa Vu has a diverse musical background making them the perfect variety cover band for party atmospheres. All five members sing lead and feature three, four, and sometimes five part harmony on most of their song list. You’ll hear music from Otis Redding, Rick Springfield, Pat Benatar, KISS, Fats Domino, Wet Willie, Gretchen Wilson, and Midnight Star. Whether you like Motown, Country, Disco, Rock, 80’s, 90’s, or dance music, DéJa Vu has something for YOU!
Their reputation precedes itself with record-breaking crowds and major concert venue sellouts. After a long break from entertaining the band is back to entertain and dominate the Delta Region. The Allison Collins Band is back performing as a dynamic Rock-n-Roll and dance band.
Tommy G and
“Tommy G” is a singer/songwriter from Amelia who has been the front man for several bands during the last 22 years.
His first original recording was released in 2001 with the band “Bayou Country.”
In 2005 Tommy G began putting together the now known band, “Tommy G and Stormy Weather.”
While she might be the descendant of the notorious bank-robbing outlaw Jesse James, country singer Tesa James is here to have her own chapter written about her music that the general public will fall in love with.
This southern gal happens to be one of those rare cases of a great artist who was discovered by accident.
James is no stranger to the stage. She has been singing since she was 5 years old.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band/ Amanda Shaw
Grammy award winner Chubby Carrier, a third generation Zydeco musician, and the Bayou Swamp Band have been rocking the party scene worldwide with their style of high energy, swamp funky Zydeco for the last 20 years.
When Amanda Shaw takes the stage, the petite fiddler commands the attention of the audience with a poignant and rhythmic sound that only a Louisiana prodigy could deliver.
A powerful performer, composer and arranger who has been touring nationally and internationally since she was 8 years old, the New Orleans native is a pioneer of the new breed of young, root-based musicians who have embraced both the traditional sounds of Louisiana and pop sounds of the mainstream.
David St. Romain
The music of David St. Romain defies easy categorization and in many ways so does the man. Hailing from the central Louisiana city of Alexandria, St. Romain has steadily built his reputation as an entertainer, playing high-energy, musically diverse shows driven by what may be his biggest asset … that powerful, soul-drenched voice.
Don Rich plays a variety of Swamp Pop music including Cajun French and some Blues.
Rich is a self-taught musician and songwriter who can play seven instruments.
He is the fifth generation in his family to play music, and he has been doing so for more than 40 years.
Good Feelin’ Band
The Good Feelin’ Band is popular and has kept audiences dancing since 1977. The band plays a variety of music and is a stellar group of musicians.
Cajun musician Damon Troy already had put out two albums before he hit age 20.
The multi-instrumentalist demonstrated his musical talent at a young age. When he was 6 years old, he took up the drums.
The energetic style he has honed with Louisiana Beat, his backing band, mainly revolves around traditional Cajun music with the addition of elements from Zydeco, R&B, Rock-n-Roll, Country and Swamp Pop.
Originated in 2007, eight of New Orleans’ most seasoned musicians joined forces to create Mojeaux, Louisiana’s most diverse and energetic party experience — Mojeaux style. Versatility is sure to leave a lasting impression and will excite audiences of all ages.