Music in the Park  returns to Gonzales

Photo provided by Sandra Alleman -- Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band will kick off the Gonzales Music in the Park series March 3 at 2 p.m. in Jambalaya Park.
Photo provided by Sandra Alleman -- Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band will kick off the Gonzales Music in the Park series March 3 at 2 p.m. in Jambalaya Park.

Music is returning to Jambalaya Park starting March 3 as the Mayor’s Council on the Arts for the city of Gonzales brings back the popular Music in the Park series.

The free concerts will kick off at 2 p.m. March 3 with Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.

The New Orleans-based 90 Degrees West performs March 10 and Phat Hat is set to play March 17.

The series, at 1015 E. Cornerveiw Road, Gonzales, ends March 24 when Marcia Ball takes the stage.

“The event has just been wonderful,” Mayor Barney Arceneaux said. “In Music in the Park’s third year, the event is more successful than the music committee and the Mayor’s office would have ever dreamed.

“We are very excited and looking forward to another great year of Music in the Park at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales,” he said.

The concert series is produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and sponsored by local businesses.

Arceneaux said an average of 300 people attended each week of the previous concert series.

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band are set to bring their Grammy-winning zydeco music to the park’s stage. The group won a Grammy for Best Zydeco/Cajun Music Album in 2010.

High-energy country music will be performed by 90 Degrees West and Phat Hat will bring a combination of soul and funk to the stage.

“And we’re so lucky to have Marcia Ball returning,” Arceneaux said.

Ball performed in 2011.

“We tried to go for everything from Zydeco to country to rock,” Arceneaux said. “We want to bring in different genres each week for a little flavor of Louisiana.”

The mayor said the series is a family-friendly, picnic-styled social outing and encouraged residents to take advantage of the park’s open setting.

“Bring your wine and cheese or sandwiches and blanket and have fun listening and dancing to the music,” he said.

For information, call (225) 647-2841.