Roots Fest

Roots Fest – September 29th | 3-9PM | Chain Park

Roots Fest is a celebration of the musical roots of the region. Join us on September 29th for an evening of Jazz, Cosmic Country Blues, and Zydeco, featuring the USM Jazztet, Thomas Jackson Orchestra, and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas!

3:30 PM – USM Jazztet (Southern Miss Jazztet)
The Southern Miss Jazztet is one of the premier university jazz groups in the state and region. The award-winning group hails from the jazz studies program at Southern Miss, where students apply the skills of improvisation, ensemble performance, composition and arranging to deliverĀ a truly remarkable listening experience.


5:30 PM – Thomas Jackson Orchestra
The Thomas Jackson Orchestra carefully blends the influences of Americana musical roots with their own style, achieving their self-proclaimed style of “Cosmic Country Blues”. Their musical talents combine to make for an unforgettable musical journey.



7:30 PM – Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
Nathan formed The Cha-Chas back in 1985, and since then has brought his unique take on this regional South Louisiana music to all corners of the globe. From Lincoln Center in New York to The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Nathan’s music has crossed all barriers to speak to the very heart of his audience.

Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and honored in 2015 with the Zydeco Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Cha-Chas have been voted the top Festival Band in the country according to the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and USA Today and have won the coveted Big Easy award for Best Zydeco Band for several years running.

Nathan and his band have been featured in the New York Times, Essence and People magazines, and on the cover of USA Today. They’ve appeared in films like In The Electric Mist as well as the soundtrack sharing credits with Michael Doucet and Buddy Guy and The Kingdom of Zydeco, and worked with artists as diverse as Cyndi Lauper on the album Creole Bred. Keepers of the Zydeco Flame, they are committed to keeping their Creole heritage alive.

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