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Downtown at Sundown

The 25th Downtown at Sundown Concert series kicks off this May. The concerts are free and open to the public. They will take place on Ryan Street in front of the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center and the Parish Courthouse.

On four consecutive Fridays from 6 pm-9 pm, the music takes center stage at the downtown merchant's parking lot on the corner of Ryan and Broad Streets, amid tabletop art galleries, activities for children, and food booths for downtown restaurants. Each concert features a different local or regional artist performing favorite music genres, including Swamp Pop, Cajun, Zydeco, and Classic Rock. This year's band lineup features a mix of established and up-and-coming artists that are sure to get the crowd dancing.

2023 Line Up

May 19 - Gregg Wright

King of the Rockin’ Blues, Wright is an inductee into the Louisiana Hall of Fame and a recipient of the 2019 “Living Legend” Blues Award.

May 26 - Mason Trail and Zydeco Rhythm

Trail has been keeping the tradition of authentic Zydeco music alive since he learned how to play the accordion at 10 and is bringing the rich sounds of Zydeco culture, history, and passion.

June 2 - Nicki & the People’s Victory

Lafayette-based musician Nicki Needham’s style reflects a taste of Southern Americana with musical influences from her family.

Downtown at Sundown proudly announces the June 2 concert is dedicated to our service men and women and the friends and family of the Fort Polk community.

June 9 - Opening act Gino Vallecillo, headlined by The Charlie Wayne Band

Out of Lafayette, Gino V. has been pursuing his musical career since the age of 14. His style can be described as “funk flair with a rock and roll attitude.” Headlining the June 9 evening is SWLA's The Charlie Wayne Band, which was established in 2017 and offers the crowd a favorite mix of country and rock.

June 9 will be coined Geaux Blue Friday” as concert-goers are encouraged to sport their favorite McNeese State University apparel.

Chairs and blankets are welcome; however, pets, coolers, smoking/vaping, or outside alcohol will not be allowed on site.

Downtown at Sundown is presented by the City of Lake Charles and supported by corporate sponsorships from CITGO Petroleum, Entergy, Erdace Companies, Visit Lake Charles, Lake Charles Toyota, Fuerst, Carrier and Ogden, First Horizon Bank, Stockwell Sievert Law Firm. All beverage sales will benefit the Literacy Council of SWLA. The proceeds allow the Literacy Council to offer extended summer services for adult education students.

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