Food, Fun & Music will help make a ‘Stand for Autism’

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Autism Awareness month is vastly approaching so a local organization is starting early to show those with autism that they are standing with them.

Stand for Autism, a non-profit organization, announce its inaugural Lagniappe Music Seafood Fest (LMSF). The three day, music festival takes place Friday through Sunday, March 8-10, 2019, at the Gonzales Civic Center, 219 South Irma Boulevard at 5 p.m. The festival is an outgrowth of Stand for Autism commitment to bring awareness to autism and making music accessible to diverse audiences through live music amidst natural settings.

“We are excited to bring this one of a kind experience to Gonzales to bring awareness to autism as well as provide a great event for the community”, explains Kelvin Kinchen, Stand up Autism founder. “As a grandparent of a child with autism, I know and understand how music provides a sense of therapy and creates a neurological pathway to compensate for communication deficits”.

LMSF will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8th. There will be a carnival, car show, crafts, and a gumbo cook-off. There will also be a three day auction inside of the Gonzales Civic Center giving the public access to win the following items: a 12 quart seasoned black iron pot donated by Lamendola’s, an autographed Drew Brees football and jersey, an autographed Pelicans Basketball, as well as an autographed mini helmet signed by Cam Jordan.

The 2019 lineup features a diverse range of acts, spanning genres like R&B, swamp pop, zydeco, and more. Kenny and Larry Neal will be performing. Using blues, R&B, funk, jazz, rock, and Cajun as their base, Louisiana LeRoux’s will be performing. Their southern anthem “New Orleans Ladies,” was voted Song of the Century by Gambit Magazine. There will also be performances by Vince Hutchinson and the Heavy Storm Band, Country Band, Big Six Brass Band, The Mellow Band, Bucket List, Ryan Harris Roping the Wind Garth Brooks Tribute, Dwayne Doopsie, Brass A Holics,  New Orleans Mystic Days of Motown, Mike Soulman Baptiste, gospel choirs and more.

Admission is FREE to everyone. Entertainment lineup, sponsorships, and vendor registration can be purchased at

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