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May 03 10:06 AM

Let the Good Times Roll Festival details announced

Festival will return to downtown Shreveport, June 21-23, with live zydeco, hip-hop and R&B

The 27th Annual Let the Good Times Roll Festival, a celebration of the music, art and food of African American culture, will be held June 21- 23 in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. Each year, more than 30,000 festival-goers enjoy around-the-clock live entertainment, delicious food, art exhibits and more. The Let the Good Times Roll Festival was recently named a “Top 20 Event” for 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The Let the Good Times Roll Festival is wellknown for offering a distinctive mix of live entertainment featuring zydeco, hip-hop and R&B.

Highlights of the 2013 festival line-up include performances by zydeco stars Chris Ardoin and Nustep on Friday, June 21, and Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band on Saturday, June 22. Hip-hop legend Biz Markie, reunited R&B favorites Silk and popular singer Cupid will perform on Sunday, June 23. For the first time in festival history, two stages of live entertainment will be offered simultaneously throughout the event. A variety of regional performers including Windstorm, Mark Scroggins and Alter Ego will also perform. The festival will include a health fair component.

“The festival is designed to provide a weekend filled with food, music and family-friendly fun,” said Rho Omega and Friends, Inc. Chairman Fred Moss IV. “In addition, we want it to be an educational experience for the children in attendance.”

General admission is $10. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Special rates are available for groups. Contact Fred Moss IV at (318) 470-3890 for more information.

The festival is presented annually by Rho Omega and Friends Inc., a 501(c)(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 27th annual Let the Good Times Roll 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 eightweek ACT test preparation course.

For more information, visit www.rhoomega.com or contact Fred Moss IV at (318) 470-3890. For a complete list of upcoming events and cultural attractions in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveportbossierfunguide. com.

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