Natchitoches’ Downtown Riverbank Stage was the place to be Friday, July 28, as the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s Induction Celebration hosted Rockin’ Riverfest. The popular event, long part of the annual induction of each new class of Louisiana sports legends into the Hall of Fame, featured concerts and family fun for children at the riverbank, all free of cost to anyone attending.
Alexandria native and Bolton High alumni, Jason Ashley & the Hot Sauce Band kicked off the festivities with over an hour’s worth of fun music drawn from an eclectic selection of hits. They were followed by the incredible Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr and the Zydeco Twisters who kept the crowd on their feet and dancing throughout the evening. This is the second year this superb act has played at the Rockin’ Riverfest concert. Pierre, the mascot for the New Orleans Pelicans, also got in on the fun, dancing with audience members. The Louisiana Propane Dealers Association sponsored several holes of mini golf on the riverbank for youngsters and their families.
The 2023 LSHOF Induction Class was introduced to the city during a break in the concert. The 2023 Miss Louisiana and 2023 NSU Lady of the Bracelet, Macenzie Scroggs, was also introduced. After the 2023 LSHOF induction class was presented, festivalgoers were treated to spectacular fireworks show over the Cane River, always a treat. After the fireworks, the event concluded with some more superb music from Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters.