Swamp Pop Music Festival set for July 19-20

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

GONZALES - The Swamp Pop Music Festival will welcome over 6,000 visitors July 19 – 20 to the fully air-conditioned Lamar Dixon Expo Center's Trademart building to raise critical funds that aid the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF) all while enjoying a special genre of music native only to Louisiana.

Legends Van and Grace Broussard kick off the exciting event on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Warren Storm Willie T & Cypress with Tommy McLain. Don Rich will wrap it up around midnight. On Saturday the music is non-stop from noon - 11:30 p.m. featuring Greg Melancon and Friends with special guest Ronnie Melancon, Aaron Foret, South 70 Band, Kenny Fife & Bac Trac, Kenny Cornett & Killin' Time, Tommy G & Stormy Weather and Junior LaCrosse & Sumtin Sneaky with close out the festival.

In addition to the music, the festival will feature a two-day Jambalaya Festival Association Cook-Off and a motorcycle poker run presented by The Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club on Saturday.

All proceeds from the Swamp Pop Music Festival benefit the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, which aims to find a cure for CF and to better the quality of life for those with the disease.

The Swamp Pop Music Festival began as a grassroots effort to support the CF Foundation in 1998 and is now one of the nation's largest attended events the CF Foundation puts on in the country.

Admission to the 16th Annual Swamp Pop Festival is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. For more information, visit www.swamppopmusicfest.com or contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 225-769-9994.