LSHOF hosting free Rockin’ River Fest concert next Friday night on downtown riverbank

A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll. Actually, a lot of both!

The area’s most iconic local rock artist, Billy O’Con, and his band BaDD Apple will split the bill with the extremely popular Baton Rouge country band Parish County Line next Friday night at Rockin’ River Fest, a free concert Aug. 27 on the Rue Beauport river bank stage in downtown Natchitoches.

BaDD Apple starts the show at 6 and after a two-hour set, gives way to Parish County Line, with music lasting until 10:30, no admission required.

Rockin’ River Fest, a focal point in the 2021 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, is presented by Rapides Regional Medical Center.

Along with great music, the family atmosphere offers free games for kids on the riverbank under the Church Street Bridge, thanks to Louisiana Propane Dealers.

And what’s a big event in downtown Natchitoches without a spectacular, holiday-season level fireworks show?

This one at 9:15 is set to sports-themed music, just after dark, following introduction of the Class of 2021 LSHOF inductees, headlined by Saints great Marques Colston, LSU football legend Glenn Dorsey, Major League Baseball All-Star Rickie Weeks, and bass fishing icon Bo Dowden, a Natchitoches native.

There’s an upscale party up on Front Street at Mama’s Oyster House and Blues Room, and outside on the bricks. The Hancock-Whitney Taste of Tailgating shindig runs from 7-10, with guests enjoying tailgating-inspired food stations, specialty cocktails, free beer and wine, a silent auction, and music by DJ Geaux.

Tickets are $100 per person ($50 for under 21 partygoers) and must be purchased in advance through the website or by calling Gracen McDonald, the LSHOF Foundation executive assistant, at 318-554-9020. All COVID-19 protocols mandated by the state will be observed for the indoor event.

The Taste of Tailgating party has filled to capacity in the three previous Rockin’ River Fests. The crowd in and around the amphitheater, however, has no capacity limit, and the entertainment is cost-free.

PCL’s unofficial slogan is “we’re not trying to make it big time, we’re just trying to have a good time.”

The group is an ‘80s-‘90s country cover band. Some of the band’s favorite artists are George Strait, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, and Diamond Rio.

BaDD Apple features O’Con, who has been the area’s premiere rock artist since the 1970s. Powerful lead vocalist Hanna Friedman spices the band’s show while the guitar licks by Rick Pierce always bring audiences to a fever pitch.

The Friday night spectacular sets the tone for next Saturday’s festivities, which begin with a free Junior Training Camp and include the Roundtable Luncheon and the Taste of Louisiana Reception at the LSHOF Museum. Capping the schedule: the Induction Ceremony at the Natchitoches Events Center, televised live by Cox Sports Television at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28.

Reservations are necessary for the free Junior Training Camp by visiting or calling McDonald at 318-554-9020. Those are also pathways for tickets to the luncheon and induction reception and ceremony.

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One thought on “LSHOF hosting free Rockin’ River Fest concert next Friday night on downtown riverbank

  1. So we can have Riverfest, football, Jazz concerts…but we can’t have the meatpie festival. Yep, makes perfect sense. #BringBackTheMeatpies

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