Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau announces details of festival featuring popular hip-hop, gospel, R&B and zydeco artists. The 29th Annual Let the Good Times Roll Festival, a celebration of the music, art and food of African American culture, will be held, June 19-21, in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. This year’s title sponsor is the Caddo Parish Commission. Each year, more than 30,000 festival-goers attend the event, which offers two stages of around-the-clock live entertainment, a variety of local food vendors, art exhibits and more. Festival hours are: 5:30 p.m.-midnight, Friday, June 19; 12 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, June 20; and 3-11 p.m., Sunday, June 21. General admission is $10. A discounted admission fee of $5 is available until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 19.
The Let the Good Times Roll Festival is well-known for its distinctive mix of live entertainment featuring zydeco, gospel, hip-hop and R&B. Gospel Night Explosion, hosted by Bishop Major and Pastor CeJay and featuring some of Shreveport-Bossier’s best gospel groups, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Other performances scheduled for Friday, June 19 include zydeco group Sean Ardoin and Zydekool, Monroe Brown, and Vickie Baker. Headliner performances scheduled for Saturday, June 20 include R&B singer Bigg Robb, “Zydeco King” Keith Frank and national recording artist Ginuwine. Performances scheduled for Sunday, June 21 include Chris Ardoin and Nustep Zydeco, Cupid, and Morris Day and The Time. Morris Day and The Time are scheduled to perform at 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 21.
Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. In the event of inclement weather, please refer to the festival website at http://www.rhoomega.com or search Facebook for “Let the Good Times Roll” in order to keep up with the latest updates from event organizers.
The Let the Good Times Roll Festival is presented annually by Rho Omega and Friends, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to create, plan and implement activities and operations specifically designed to uplift the community and improve the quality of life for its residents by providing scholarships for African American males pursuing higher education. A portion of the proceeds raised by the festival will benefit Project Manhood, a mentoring program for African American males who are currently attending a public high school in Caddo Parish. Through Project Manhood, these students will attend educational seminars, visit the campus of a historically-black college or university, and attend ACT test preparation courses.
For more information, visit http://www.rhoomega.com or contact Fred Moss IV at (318) 470-3890. For a complete list of upcoming events and cultural attractions in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.sbfunguide.com.