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June 13 09:52 AM

Let the Good Times Roll Festival returns

The 28th annual Let the Good Times Roll Festival, a celebration of the music, art and food of African-American culture, will return to downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza on June 20-22. General admission is $10. A discounted admission fee of $5 is available on Friday, June 20, until 6 p.m. Admission is free for children age 5 and under.

Each year, more than 30,000 festival-goers attend the event, which features two stages of around-the-clock live entertainment, a variety of local food vendors, art exhibits and more.

The Let the Good Times Roll Festival was named a “Top 20 Event” for 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The Let the Good Times Roll Festival is well known for its distinctive mix of love entertainment featuring zydeco, hip-hop, rhythm and blues and Southern soul.

Highlights of the 2014 lineup include Gospel Night Explosion, hosted by the Rev. Patrick Dennis Friday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Southern soul singer T.K. Soul at 10:45 p.m. Friday, June 20; R&B singer Bigg Robb at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, June 21; rap duo 8Ball & MJG at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21; New Orleans Bounce legend DJ Jubilee at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, June 22; hiphop group Jalil & Exstacy (formerly known as Whodini) at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22; and R&B group Dru Hill at 10 p.m. Sunday, June 22.

A variety of regional performers including Windstorm, Alter Ego, Howlin’ Henry Robinson and more will also perform.

The festival is presented annually by Rho Omega and Friends Inc., a 501c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to create, plan and implement activities and operations specifically designed to uplift the community and improve the quality of life for its residents by providing scholarships for African-American males pursuing higher education.

A portion of the proceeds raised by the festival will benefit Project Manhood, a mentoring program for African-American males who are currently attending a public high school in Caddo Parish and are classified as a junior or senior. Through Project Manhood, these students will attend educational seminars, visit the campus of a historically black college or university, and attend a six– to eight-week ACT test preparation course.

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