Paragon Casino Resort Welcomes Swamp Pop

Louisiana Swamp Pop Stars Return to the Mari Showroom

ParagonMARKSVILLE, La. – Paragon Casino Resort is excited to welcome back four of Louisiana’s most beloved Swamp Pop entertainers to the Mari Showroom on Saturday, April 19. The performing acts include T.K. Hulin, Tommy McLain, Johnnie Allan and Louisiana Express. General admission tickets are $10 and are on sale now. Doors open at 7pm and the show will begin at 8pm.

T.K. Hulin is a Louisiana musician who became a regional hit in the 1960s with songs “Many Lonely Nights,” “I’m Not a Fool Anymore,” and “Graduation Night.” Hulin’s fans enjoy his unmistakable musical style, featuring a soulful voice and sound. Just like his most recent album title, Hulin’s musical talents are noted as being “larger than life.”

Tommy McLain is most well-known for his voice but is also “Creole-fully” creative on the keyboard, drums, bass guitar, fiddle and bag pipe. McLain began his music career in the 1950s collaborating with Clint West and The Boogie Kings in the 1960s. Country ballad and McLain’s biggest hit “Sweet Dreams,” peaked on the Billboard’s pop charts. McLain continues entertaining fans in the South with his band, Mule Train.

Johnnie Allan, a Louisiana native and pioneer of the Swamp Pop genre, began performing and recording in the 1950s at the age of 13. Since then, Allan has performed almost non-stop musical tours in America and Europe in addition to releasing nearly 60 singles and 20 albums. Allan’s producer credits include The South Louisiana Music All-Star Show in Thibodeaux in 1981—a reunion of the legendary figures of the swamp pop sound.

Louisiana Express has entertained audiences with jazz-pop sounds and live Creole concerts for nearly four decades. The group formed in 1973 and produced several jazz instrumental albums during the mid 1970s and early 1980s. A couple of their most popular albums include 1975’s Tom Cat and self-titled Louisiana Express, released in 1976.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com, the LA 1 Market, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, please visit www.paragoncasinoresort.com and be sure to follow Paragon Casino Resort on Facebook and Twitter.

Please contact Richella Malveaux at avorrm@paragoncasinoresort.com for ticket requests.

About Swamp Pop

The Swamp Pop music genre originated in the Acadiana areas of southeastern Louisiana and several adjoining Texas areas around the 1950s.  The sound was created by teenagers and young adults of that era and can be distinguished by highly emotional lyrics with some possible rhythm and blues beats, keyboards, bass instruments and bellowing horns.  Many mainstream artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams Jr. have used the swamp pop sound and combined it into their own genre.

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