On Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 3-8pm the first annual Falaya Fest will take place in the Bogue Falaya Wayside Park in historic downtown Covington.
This music festival is the first of its kind for Covington and celebrates an array of diverse musical talents rooted in the community. Featured acts include Dash Rip Rock, The Ardents Spirits, Amedee Frederick V, Julie Odell, Grace Billie and The Cheeseburger Ranchers.
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductees Dash Rip Rock will be the headliners of the Falaya Fest line up. As stated in the The New York Times, Dash Rip Rock combines “fluency in American roots music with a robust dose of punk-rock spirit.” Their performance features musicians Bill Davis, Wade Hymel and Covington native Chance Casteel.
The Ardent Spirits, a gypsy jazz band from Oklahoma, will be joined by local guitarist Jacob Fitzmorris. Amedee Frederick V, a trio of father and sons, hails locally with renowned blues and jazz ensembles. Solo artists Grace Billie and Julie Odell will bring their own unique styles and folky songbird vocals to the Falaya stage. The talented styles of Jon-Marc Kilpatrick, John Garcia, Parker Freeman, Cam Hartill and Albert Lachin make up the The CheeseBurger Ranchers, a self-proclaimed outlaw country band playing original and classic tunes.
A highly anticipated event, Falaya Fest plans to deliver a grassroots community foray for all ages to enjoy. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets but leave the picnic baskets at home. Food will be available for purchase from participating restaurants Boca Bar, Isabella’s Pizzeria, Baba Ghanoush, and Nkauj Hmoob Street Food. The headlining sponsor, Kombucha Girl Living Beverages, will be offering Kombucha on tap. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.
For $12, tickets are on sale now via PayPal on the festival's Facebook page (see link on this page) and at participating businesses Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues and Susan's, formerly known as Columbia Street Natural Food Market. Tickets will be availble at the gate for $14 for ages 11 and up; free admission for children 10 and under.