Christmas Concert boasts musical and KALB television talent

Sherman Deselle, popular Host of “Jambalaya” and morning show anchor on KALB-TB Channel 5 in Alexandria, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the “A Rockin’ Louisiana Christmas” concert to be held this Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The Event Center in Natchitoches.

The concert, which is being presented by The Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival and The James Burton Foundation, will feature Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton, his bandmate from Elvis Presley’s TCB Band, Estelle Brown, Grammy winning zydeco legends Wayne Toups and Jo El Sonnier, along with host band Johnny Earthquake and the Moongdogs.

Toups said, “I love Natchitoches and always look forward to playing there. My wife is from Winnfield and attended NSU so we have a lot of family ties there.  I am particularly excited about getting to perform on the same stage with James Burton and Estelle Brown of Elvis Presley’s band along with my old friends Jo El Sonnier and Johnny Earthquake and The Moondogs.  There is no telling what is going to happen!”

Deselle is a native of Alexandria and a graduate of NSU, where he majored in vocal performance.  He has been at KALB since 2008, where he has severed in various capacities.  While at NSU, Deselle was a member of The Entertainers, a popular vocal group.

Deselle will be assisted in his Master of Ceremonies duties by NSU president Chris Maggio, along with Miss Merry Christmas and The Christmas Belles.

“I am looking forward to seeing the Christmas lights in Natchitoches,”said Estelle. “I’ve never seen them before. Also, it will be like old times to perform with James again.” She said that some Elvis Christmas songs will be performed at the show.

“Elvis loved Christmas,” she said. “It was his favorite time of year and I love honoring him by performing some of his songs.”