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SWLA Music Scene
5/30/2018 10:35:13 PM
SWLA Music

While every city has a local music scene, few can claim one as diverse as Lake Charles. From Zydeco to Alternative and everything in between, our musicians and venues offer a little something for everyone. Southwest Louisiana culture is full of history, passion, and soul, which results in a fascinating mix of music opportunities.

ROCK
The Flamethrowers as the area’s favorite party rock band. They’ve been covering hit songs since 2004. They’ve toured around the U.S. playing songs from 1950’s Rock n’ Roll to current popular jams. You can find them this summer on June 8, Downtown at Sundown, and July 21, Crying Eagle’s Birthday Bash. Keep up with Flamethrowers on Facebook (@flamethrowersband), Twitter (@FlamethrowersLC), and Instagram (@flamethrowersmusic).

COUNTRY
Charlie Wayne LeBoeuf was born and raised in Sulphur, LA, and is signed and managed by Red Barn Music. His talent has blossomed into soulful melodies and catchy tunes. Whether playing solo or with friends, you can see LeBoeuf’s energy is full of passion. Find LeBoeuf at some of his favorite venues: Walk-Ons, Coolers, and Rikenjaks, or on his Facebook page
(@charliewayneleboeuf).

ZYDECO 
Rusty Metoyer comes from a long line of Creole musicians. At 14, he decided to carry on the tradition of playing Zydeco and started Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush his senior year of high school in 2010. Though Zydeco is the main influence, you can hear hints of funk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, hip hop, and soul. When they’re not touring the around the country, you can find them playing festivals all around SWLA. Keep up with Metoyer on Facebook (@RustyMetoyerZydeco). 

POP
LVVRS (pronounced lovers) is a pop/rock blend and one of the new up-and-coming local bands to watch. Created by River Gibson, Brenon Wilson, and Zac Lyons (a Lake Charles native) in 2018, you catch a glimpse of their style in their latest single, "Wild Heart.” The trio is forging a path for a new genre of rock disguised as pop with energy that will keep you moving through their debut EP coming this fall. You can find LVVRS on Spotify, Instagram (@lvvrsband), Youtube (LVVRS Band) and on Rock 101.3. 

FOLK
Amy Kerwin and Ashley Gatte are the masterminds behind The Pretty Cavaliers. They started working together in 2013 but didn’t officially start playing as a duo until 2017. With the silky smooth tone of their voices colliding to create a wall of melodies like no other, it’s no surprise that this Lake Charles band was discovered and chosen to be played on the TV show "Criminal Minds.” The Pretty Cavaliers have played at the Lake Charles venue The Listening Room and Live @ the Lakefront, and play private events around town. Keep up with them through Facebook (@ThePrettyCavaliers).

JAZZ
Street Side Jazz Band was formed by William Christian, Jake Spinella, Mason Feduccia, Steve Dufrene, and Kory Fontenot in 2011. With playful melodies and a smooth sound, they keep this classic style in full swing. SSJB plays the traditional jazz styles from swing and blues to funk and Latin. When they’re not playing private events, you can find them Friday nights and Sunday brunches at Luna Bar & Grill or at one of their upcoming shows: June 9, Crying Eagle Brewery; June 16, Isle of Capri Casino VIP event; June 21-23, Ember Bar and Grille at L’Auberge Casino Resort; and June 28, Blue Dog Cafe. Follow Street Side Jazz Band on Facebook (@streetsidejazzband).
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