On Saturday, November 4 from 3 -8 p.m., the first annual Falaya Fest will take place in the Bogue Falaya Wayside Park in historic downtown Covington. The inaugural festival celebrates the array of diverse musical talent rooted in our community, while offering new and upcoming musical talent an opportunity to showcase their work. Falaya Fest will feature live music by Dash Rip Rock, The Ardent Spirits, Amedee Frederick V, Julie Odell, Grace Billie and the Cheeseburger Ranchers. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductees, Dash Rip Rock will be the headliners of the Falaya Fest line up. The New York Times describes Dash Rip Rock as a combination of “fluency in American roots music with a robust dose of punk-rock spirit.” Featuring musicians Bill Davis, Wade Hymel and Covington native, Chance Casteel. The Ardent Spirits, a gypsy jazz band from Oklahoma will be joined by local guitarist, Jacob Fitzmorris. Amedee Frederick V, a trio of father and sons, hails locally with renowned blues and jazz ensembles. Solo acoustic artists Grace Billie and Julie Odell will present individual performances, each with their own unique styles and folky, songbird vocals. Jon-Marc Kilpatrick, John Garcia, Parker Freeman, Cam Hartill and Albert Lachin make up the The Cheeseburger Ranchers, a self proclaimed outlaw country band playing original and classic tunes. An anticipated event, Falaya Fest will deliver a grassroots community foray for all ages. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, but leave the picnic baskets at home. Food will be available for purchase from participating restaurants Baco Bar, Isabella’s Wood-fired Pizza, Baba Ganoush, Nkauj Hmood Asian Street Food and Papa D’s Kettle Corn. Headlining sponsor Kombucha Girl Living Beverage offers Kombucha on tap, and Covington’s Boba Bar will sell their amazing hand-crafted bubble tea. Craft beer from Gnarly Barley, Budweiser products and a great selection of fine wine will also be available for purchase. Special acknowledgment and thanks to our participating sponsors, Kombucha Girl Living Beverage, Central Staging, Bud Lite, Cat Country 98.9 Continuous Country Favorites, Shop Soul Boutique, St. John’s Coffeeshop, Water Works, Inc, The Green Room and Our Place Fitness Studio- for support the first Annual Falaya Fest! For $12, tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite on our facebook page, #Falaya Fest and at participating business, Rock and Blues and Columbia Street Natural Foods. You may also purchase tickets at the gate for $14, free admission for children 10 & under. For more information, contact us on facebook.