Let the Good Times Roll Festival raises money for scholarships

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 06/20 2014 11:06PM

Updated 06/21 2014 01:08AM

The 28th annual "Let the Good Times Roll" Festival takes over Festival Plaza this weekend. There are more than two dozen performers, and 20 vendors. The vendors offer everything from southern cuisine, to hair extensions. 

There are two stages for entertainers. Friday night featured the Gospel Explosion, TKSoul, Cupid, and Chris Arduin and Nustep Zydeco. 

Saturday, the festival opens at noon. It will feature R&B and then at night, Hip Hop artists 8Ball & MJG. The duo takes the main stage at 10:30 p.m. Cpl. Marcus Hines with Shreveport Police advised there will upward of three dozen officers on site to control the crowd. Members of Rho Omega & Friends, the group organizing the festival, said they've never had an issue with safety in the past at the festival. They do admit the 8Ball &MJG concert is not appropriate for children.

On Sunday, the gate opens at 3 p.m. Local bands Alter Ego and Windstorm will perform, and then headliner Dru Hill at 10 p.m.

Admission is $5 before 3 p.m Saturday, and $10 afterwards, and $10 all day Sunday. Kids 5 and under are free. There is no re-entry. 

Rho Omega & Friends uses the proceeds to pay for ACT Test preparation for local young men, as well as fund scholarships for graduating seniors in its mentoring program. According Kenneth Thomas, the group spent $20,000 on these initiatives. 


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