Fans descended upon Ascension Fields at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales, Louisiana for the inaugural Flambeau Festival on Sunday (October 8th).
Hurricane Nate wasn’t going to slow the festival down! Even though weather conditions shortened the two day fest to one, the great Sam Hunt graciously stuck around to perform on Sunday alongside renowned artists such Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Blackberry Smoke, A Thousand Horses and many more. This group of headliners came together to ignite the main stage for an incredible day of music. The fest that inherited its name from the processional torch of Mardi Gras, has picked up the mantle for entertainment in the southeast and is well on its way to becoming a beacon of music, arts and culture for many years to come.
Local and regional vendors showcased their mouthwatering signature dishes, craft beers and cocktails as well as artisan creations on the festival grounds just across from the main stage. Festival-goers had the opportunity to sample everything from alligator sausage to spicy creole fries, and the community-oriented hospitality that defines Southern Louisiana culture truly came to life on the grounds of the fest this past weekend.
In addition to the main stage excitement, Flambeau Fest boasted two other stages that provided music ahead of the main stage performances. The Torch Stage and the Songwriters’ Tent hosted an incredible mix of rising and regional talent to get patrons excited for what was to come on the main stage.
Flambeau Fest is successfully driving tourism dollars to the effort to rebuild Baton Rouge, serving as the first large-scale musical event since the devastating floods. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event have been donated to the Lynyrd Skynyrd Foundation for education and cultural impact.