Live Album Series: Rumours
By Michael Wicks Photos by Jamie Hartnett
It was the end of a long week, a Friday afternoon, when I was given a blind assignment to go and interview a band that I had neither seen, nor heard of, which was playing a show at ten o’clock that night. I was told to show up at seven and prepare some questions. I arrived at Luna Live early, punctuality being a personal Veda of mine, and as I walked through the entrance, I was greeted by an old friend, J-rod. He was working the door and asked me if I was coming for the seven o’clock or ten o’clock show, informing me that they were both going to be packed out. “Two shows?” I asked the doorman, perplexed, “How can they sell out two shows back to back?” I was then told that the last time Lake Charles Live Album Series played this set, they had over 400 people arrive and almost couldn’t handle the load. Then Warren and Jamie showed up, and this is when our night officially began.
Passion and Talent
The first set was already underway by the time we all got in, so Warren and I freshened up with some good ol’ Louisiana mescal (well tequila with tabasco in it) and got to WORK. While Jamie went to find a good angle for photos, Warren and I got to witness the magic. A beautiful marriage of passion and talent that could be heard throughout every note. The true love for what they were doing was apparent, and the crowd reflected that sincerity. The venue was packed wall to wall, with people even sitting on couches beyond the corners of the room, and loved every second of it. “My whole philosophy is to take something of quality, and present it in a quality fashion,” Logan Fontenot told me, as we sat down and talked about the ins and outs of Lake Charles Live Album Series, and why they performed Fleetwood Mac’s album “Rumours”.
I Really Just Wanted To Play With My Friends
“The whole thing started as something selfish, I really just wanted to play with my friends,” Logan said jokingly. “The Lake Charles Live Album Series was a band not formed as a band, but as an idea. All I do is run it, and for the different albums that are chosen, I then choose the band. I pick people who should have the vibe of the album; the guitarist, the bass player and everyone should all have that vibe.” Having never heard about what they do as a performance, he explained to me how each set revolves around a different album. This was their sixth show so far, with “Rumours” being an encore of their second performance. Logan told me, “I would have people come up to me and ask me when we would cover Fleetwood again and we just had to do it.” The four other albums they covered so far were: Tom Petty’s “Damn the Torpedoes”, The Strokes “Is This It”, Red Hot Chili Peppers “Californication”, and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Cosmo’s Factory”. And from the looks of it, they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “We have already picked the next album we are covering, and all I’m going to say is…It’s country.”
A Womb of Personality
As we sat in the back and talked, we started talking more about how Lake Charles, as Logan put it, “Was a womb of personality.” He told me, “It started as a fun project, and we’ve toyed with the idea of bringing it to Lafayette or Baton Rouge, but I didn’t want it to grow too fast and us not be able to handle it. I think it’s cool, and it’s important, to me, that Lake Charles has something cool and unique for itself.” Mike Krajicek added, “Logan is the founder and director, the architect of the entire idea. He sustains the quality, picks the talent, and stands for the credibility.” Logan quickly touted, “I don’t like to give myself that much credit, the first show was about me playing an album I liked with my friends. The second show was when I realized; ‘I could make this into an event and have a featured artist.’ We could have people involved in the art community, or people that play, who don’t normally get a chance to work together, work together, and try to re-invigorate the scene we used to have.” And what a scene they made; the music was perfectly paired to the talented musicians performing, and cultivated a sense of togetherness amongst the crowd. “It’s like any other business,” Logan said, “There has to be someone spearheading it, and I get credit, but I want to differ credit. If it were just me, it wouldn’t be anything. It’s the sum of all the parts, it’s that, that creates the cool atmosphere. I surround myself with better people than myself and I’m not the best person in the group by far; I’m working up towards everyone’s level.”
People Are Starved For Quality
After our pow wow, Warren, Jamie and I stayed for the ten o’clock show where Lake Charles Live Album Series, once again, killed it. Logan told me, “I don’t think people are tired of electronic music, and I don’t think people are tired of pop or rock or whatever. I think people are starved for quality. My whole thing, is to make a quality event, one that people will latch onto, and respond to positively. That’s why I think it’s growing so much now. I’m glad people have responded positively, and all I’ve ever wanted, was to prove that Lake Charles could put on a quality professional production, and it be really good and cool.” And that y’all did. The night was great, the music was better, and the crowds were huge. For more information on the band, please visit their website at facebook.com/lakecharleslivealbumseries.
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John Guidroz – Lead Vocals
Jackie Bourque – Lead Vocals
Bekah Bourque – Lead Vocals/Percussion
Logan Fontenot – Guitar
Kevin Lambert – Keys
Paul Gonsoulin – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Michael Krajicek – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Taylor Lee – Bass
Chad Townsend - Drums
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