JSP kicks off Festival Week

by Wynce Nolley

Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam's Funky Nation.

With Festival International de Louisiane a mere week away, Jefferson Street Pub is kicking off the renowned celebration with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party featuring performances from Big Sam's Funky Nation and special guest Soul Creole.

"It's a benefit for the Festival," says Gustavo Rezende, proprietor of Jefferson Street Pub. "Basically, a portion of the night's proceeds will be going to the festival. It's an opportunity for people to buy the festival pins, to listen to some music and basically get ready for festival next week."

Also opening for Big Sam's Funky Nation are Louis Michot with Lost Bayou Ramblers. And next week during Festival International, Jefferson Street Pub will host Festival After Hours with a performance from T-Bird & The Breaks after the last Festival performance ends on Thursday, April 24.

The 4th Annual Festival Preview Party begins Thursday, April 17, at 9 p.m., with music following at 9:30 p.m., at Jefferson Street Pub, located at 500 Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette. Admission is $10. For more information find Jefferson Street Pub on Facebook.