The 43rd Annual Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay will be held

October 17th, 18th, & 19th 2014

Friday October 17th

6:00  -  Festival Food Booths and Rides Open

6:00 – 8:30  -  LA Cruze

6:00 – 9:00  -  New Orleans Saintsations Meet & Greet

9:00 – 12:00  -  5 Finger Discount

Saturday October 18th

Noon  -  Festival Food Booths and Rides Open

Noon – 3:00  -  Tet Dur

3:30 – 6:00  -  Bandit

6:30 – 8:30  -  Ben Wells

9:00 – 12:00  -  90 Degrees West

Sunday October 19th

10:30 – Festival Parade

Noon – Festival Food Booths and Rides Open

Noon – 2:00  -  South 70 Band

1:00  -  Live Auction Begins

2:30 – 4:30  -  Ross Grisham

5:00 – 7:00  -  Junior and Sumtin’ Sneaky

2014 Band Profiles

LA CruzeLA Cruze is a local band from Houma, La that covers a large variety of music including, Rock, Country, Swamp Pop, Alternative Rock and many other genres.

5 fingerOne of the bands causing a buzz around the music scene these days is 5 Finger Discount. Started in 1999 out of New Orleans, LA., 5FD has become one of the Premier Cover/Party bands on the circuit. The Louisiana cover band, which was given its name for Stealin the Show, offers a unique mix of numerous covers (70s/80s/90s/00s) in their over-the-top shows. Venue to venue the Louisiana rock band has a history of winning over crowds, delivering its set with simply an unparalleled stage show.
tet durThey call him “Tet Dur” This one man band has become popular in South Louisiana and has developed quite a following. Tet Dur plays a variety of Swamp Pop music and has played the Gumbo Festival for many years.
banditBANDIT was formed waaaaay back during the late 1970′s, and eventually broke up in the early 1980′s as the members pursued careers and family life. Fast forward to 2009 — one phone call from one member led to one jam session, one jam session led to many jam sessions, many jam sessions led to playing a class reunion for free; and that one free gig has led to BANDIT playing venues all over the south LA, as well as Shreveport and Lake Charles. BANDIT is made up of 4 original members (Kevin Martin – guitars/vocals, Blayne Bergeron – vocals, Kevin Forshag – bass/vocals, and Gregg Graffagnino – drums) and Jimmy Trant rounds the group out on keyboards/vocals. We pride ourselves in putting on a great show with lots of energy and crowd participation, as well as great musicianship. We cover a wide variety of classic rock, oldies, Motown, pop, and some country. Voted “Best Local Band” in 2011 and 2012 by readers of the Houma Courier and Daily Comet, we have become one of the most requested bands in this area.
ben wellsThis humbled GA boy plays the music that he wants and it don’t matter if it sounds a little rock, it comes out Country. Ben Wells grew up in a small town right outside of Valdosta, GA playing locally in and out of church. He eventually made his way on the nearby bar stages which has now transformed into a fan base that reaches all across the U.S. This country rocker has completed over 250+ tour dates in less than 2 years and accumulated a tremendous following that continues to grow. Ben, only 6 months prior, released his debut self-titled album which reached #26 on the National Country Charts (iTunes). Ben is now affiliated with over a dozen regional radio networks and gathers continuous play from XM Satellite and Pandora radio networks. In the last year alone he has shared the stage with national acts Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, Rodney Atkins, Luke Bryan and several others. Ben Wells continues to grow and reach more and more markets as he brings his high, energetic show and rockin’ country music to stages all across the Nation. He likes a little Sprite in his whiskey and a little rock in his country!
90degreesSomebody once said, “If you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life.” 90 Degrees West is evidence of that. 90 Degrees West is a 7 piece, high-energy, modern country band based out of New Orleans Louisiana.  90 Degrees West covers such artists as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, and many more.  90 Degrees West also has a library of original music. 90 Degrees West has had the pleasure of playing some great venues, as well as with some great talent(Billy Currington, Thompson Square, Big and Rich, and many more). 90 Degrees West’s goal is for the audience not only to have a great time, but to feel as if they are watching each artist live. To achieve this, 90 Degrees West has brought together 7 talented Musicians, each one bringing many years of experience and knowledge to the stage
south70What started as a shed band just jammin cause they liked  doing it has taken off for South 70 Band. They now have a CD out with songs playing on Swamp Pop Radio. This group of guys from Pierre Part, La has a strong following of Swamp Pop music lovers.
rossgRoss Grisham Band is based out of Hancock County Mississippi and is now taking the Gulf Coast by storm. The band has quickly developed a strong following in South Louisiana and will make it’s debut at the Gumbo Festival.
jrJunior LaCrosse is a self taught musician who started playing music at the age of fourteen.  He started out playing in a small hometown bar and eventually made  a name for himself.  Junior is the lead singer of the band and also plays the keyboard.  He has written and composed numerous original songs.  Junior has released three CD’s and is currently working on his fourth one. The band has been playing at venues such as; Boomtown Casino, Silver Slipper Casino, and the Treasure Chest Casino.  Junior and the band Sumtin Sneaky also plays at numerous nightclubs, parties, festivals, weddings, cruises and private events across Southern Louisiana and Mississippi.   The band is well known and plays four to five nights a week covering songs from the fifties to today’s top forty hits.  The band also plays original songs written by Junior LaCrosse himself.  Junior and Sumtin Sneaky has a way of entertaining and pleasing crowds of all ages.  So if you are looking to put a smile on your face and have a good time, a Junior and Sumtin Sneaky show is a must see!