Natchitoches’ Cane River Brewing Company was the place to be for a good time and a good cause Thursday, March 5 as the Natchitoches Jazz Festival hosted the 2nd Annual Brew-Sync. The competition, a fun event in its own right that filled the brewery, is a fundraiser for the upcoming Jazz Festival.
A group of eight teams competed for top lip syncing musical honors. They were joined by Santa Claus who brought the judges and children in the audience up to the stage to lip sync “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. The evening closed with a spot-on interpretation of the 1980’s song “We Are the World” with a full cast, all conveniently labeled for the younger audience members.
The evening’s judges were NCHS English teacher and singer Kelli Roberts, musician Jenny Massia and retired educator and educational diagnostician Melanie McCain. They had a tough job choosing among the teams, all of who delivered spirited, high energy, performances. Local singer and radio personality Trinni Triggs with 94.9 The River emceed the competition and was honored by the Natchitoches Fire Department with a surprise “Trinni Triggs Tribute Band”.
The ladies of the Northwest Louisiana Cancer Center took third place with their lip sync of “I’m a Survivor” The defending champions of the Natchitoches Fire Department took second place while “Terrell Lee Lewis” pulled off the upset with his first place “Great Balls of Fire!” Goodness gracious, indeed. The Natchitoches Sheriff’s Department was People’s Choice.
The 24th Natchitoches Jazz Festival will run May 15-16 at the Downtown Riverbank in Natchitoches. Come on out for two days of superb music and fun!