Downtown Rocks again on April 4 and April 11

CityofAlexandriaIt’s time for DownTown Rocks. These popular spring concerts are hosted by the City of Alexandria and are held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the steps of City Hall.

The first concert featuring the music of Chris Ardoin & NuStep Zydeko will be April 4.

The second concert will take place on April 11 and features the popular band from Natchitoches, Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs.

Both concerts are free events and 2 Reign Catering and Jack’s Drinks and Smokes to Go will be vending for both concerts. The concerts take place no matter the weather. If there is rain the event moves inside to Convention Hall for the music and fun.

Chris Ardoin is internationally known for his soulful vocals and music composition. This accordionist is one of the artists that helped form nouveau Zydeco – a fusion of traditional Zydeco, hip-hop, reggae and R&B.

With his band NuStep Zydeko, Ardoin has performed in all 50 states and throughout Europe and South America.  He has appeared in stage plays and movies and is known for “breakout” attendance records from Louisiana Nightclubs to Carnegie Hall in New York City to Carnivale in South America.

Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs was formed nearly 20 years ago in Natchitoches by a group of friends getting together to pass a good time at local parties. The group has since become one of the most requested show bands in the region.  This group features a 10 to 12 piece band performing rock, R&B, swing, funk, soul, Zydeco and country music.