New Gonzales festival reminiscent of Bayou Country Superfest, headliners announced today

A new country music festival in Ascension Parish called Flambeau Fest was announced on Wednesday, August 2 in Baton Rouge.

Festival Director Mark Miller said the new festival, when compared to the Bayou Country Superfest, could have an economic impact of $30 million. It will bring thousands to local hotels, shops and restaurants the weekend of October 7-8, 2017.

Tickets are on-sale now. Parish President Kenny Matassa spoke in support of the event along with Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, who notably appears to be supporting the arts in Louisiana in general in recent months.

Matassa said he could not say for sure, but it was a strong possibility that Hank Williams Jr. would be a headliner. The list of headliners was released today, and lo and behold the great Hank Jr. is in fact performing.

Other performers released today are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice and Blackberry Smoke.

Miller assured the press that the Saints and the Tigers will not play home games that weekend. He said that Flambeau Fest is going to take a cue from Jazz Fest in New Orleans and feature good local food vendors.

Additionally, Miller said the fest will also emphasize Louisiana songwriters that turned out big Nashville hits. He added that although alcohol will be served, it will be a family atmosphere. Flambeau Fest will feature an RV tailgating experience geared for football fans.

Lastly, the festival will feature three outdoor stages. General admission tickets are $149 for a two-day pass. VIP packages are available. On sale now. Visit www.flambeaufest.com for more information.