Each year the Lake Pontchatrain Foundation. puts on the Back to the Beach Festival and, as long as we are not on vacation, we attend. This is the 21st year; perhaps our 5th. It poured rain for the few hours leading up to the event and we were pleased to see the sky clear and the sun come out. We arrived at 6pm, right in time for the first act. This is one of those typical events where, at the beginning, the crowd is quite light, and by the time the headliner takes the stage its quite crowded.
The music at this festival is primarily local bands. We heard the Blue Meanies, and then Rockin Doopsie Jr, who was our primary draw for the evening.
If you've never heard zydeco music, or seen a washboard in action, here's a peak from a YouTube Video of Dopsie at the Louisiana Music Factory.
We enjoyed the sun setting on our beautiful lake. Typically the banners for the event all ready 'Save or Lake' and this year, the additional banner of 'Save Our Gulf' was added. Lake Pontchatrain empties to the Gulf where there is alot of back and forth flow. We are optimistic that we will have this same crystal clear, and beautiful view, next year.
Save our Lake ... Save our Gulf ... Mexico ... The East Coast ... etc. etc. etc.
We will probably head back to the festival on Sunday for some more music.