Gonzales officials cancel spring Music in the Park concert series
By Cheryl Mercedes| March 24, 2017 at 8:17 PM CDT - Updated August 12 at 12:31 PM
GONZALES, LA (WAFB)
The city of Gonzales has announced it is canceling its Music in the Park concert series this spring.
City leaders said the August flood interfered with their plans, but they are working on a possible fall series.
Whether you are into the smooth tunes of blues singer Marcia Ball, the Cajun zydeco composition of Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. or the variety of After 8, the Gonzales spring Music in the Park series offers a lineup almost anyone could enjoy.
Ora Jones said she looks forward to it every year.
“I like music; I love music and sometimes they have the Baptist group out there too,” Jones said.
The atmosphere invites residents to relax and meet their neighbors. The concerts have been entertaining crowds at Jambalaya Park on Sundays for five years. However, Charlotte Guedry, the city spokeswoman, said the stage will be empty this spring.
“We are so disappointed,” Guedry said. “We really love it. Those of us who organize it really look forward do it. It's so much fun.”
Guedry said city leaders canceled the concerts because the Gonzales Civic Center, which was used as a backup venue when it rained, was damaged in the August flood. She added it won't be ready in time and at this point, it is too late to book a backup. It is sad news for residents who, instead, were hoping for an announcement about this year's lineup.
“My brother and his wife go all the time and I know he's going to be sad to hear that,” Tony Frederick said.
City leaders said the decision was not easy. They are asking revelers to be patient.
“This is just something we look forward to and we just felt if we didn't have a really reasonable backup that was safe and secure for people, it was just not the best time to do this,” Guedry explained.
Guedry added the spring concerts are set to return in 2018.
City leaders said if they find a building in time, there could be concert series this fall.