'River' rocks tiny Cajun town

Under cool, dry skies of a perfect March evening, that band named “River” rocked the socks off the many who attended River Fest 2010 in the Lake City this past Saturday, March 27th, 2010 on Arthur Street in Lake Arthur.

The Lake Arthur River Fest is the first concert played by the band River each year, which kicks off their tour all across these United States. The band is unabashed in its praise of the little Town, saying that “there’s no other place like it on God’s Green Earth, especially the friendly people, the culture, and the great Cajun food served.”

The whole festive affair started early in the afternoon, as a wide variety of people numbering in the thousands gathered in the Lake Arthur Town Park, Arthur Avenue, and parts surrounding to partake in good food, fun, camaraderie, and perhaps, more importantly, the music.

At 5 p.m., the diverse and talented Acadiana band “Louisiana FIYA” took to the large stage set up on Arthur Avenue to get the River followers primed for the big event.

Street dancing was the order of the day, as many adults and children “passed a good time” by doing their favorite dances to a wide variety of music.

The crowd really started to get thick around sunset, as River fans filled the streets, avenues, and sidewalks of the Lake City.

Louisiana FIYA gave way to River at about 7:15 p.m., and the toe-tapping soon gave way to swaying, gyrating, and hard rockin’ of the featured musicians.

The band started with a couple of time-tested, popular tunes, most notably from the famous Southern Band of 1970s fame, Lynyrd Skynyrd, including “Sweet Home, Alabama”, and then “Free Bird”.

The selections then ran the gamut from a variety of popular artists, including Joe Walsh’s (now with the Eagles) “Rocky Mountain Way”, Bob Seger’s (The Silver Bullet Band) “I Like That Old-fashioned Rock and Roll”, and the late Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee”. Later came Grand Funk’s “Closer to Home”, Kenny Sheperd’s “Blue on Black”, and more Bob Seger hits.

Introductions of the band members followed, as well as a salute to America. To honor local veterans, River played “The National Anthem”, as well as Lee Greenwood’s classic crossover country-rock song, “I’m Proud to be an American.” Vets were presented American flags by the River’s “Preacher.”

Music and dancing continued late into the night, as River reaffirmed its annual love affair with the good people of Lake Arthur, La.

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