Downtown Rising

Par International, Downtown Lafayette ,  200 Garfield St. Lafayette, LA 70501

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Dates: November 11, 2021

Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Downtown Rising announces their return to the Parc International stage on November 11, 2021, with gates opening at 5:00 PM. After canceling in 2020 due to the rise in Covid-19, Downtown Rising is back with a top-notch lineup and more energy than ever.

The electric lineup includes our neighbors from New Orleans with national status, Tank and the Bangas and Big Freeda, with Lafayette’s own DJ Digital opening the show. Early bird tickets to the concert go on sale Monday, October 4, including VIP, Front Row, and General Admission.

Festival International de Louisiane fan-favorite Tank and the Bangas are surrounded by plenty of grand musical traditions. And the five-piece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles—fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B and subtle jazz—into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own.

Known as the Queen of Bounce music, Big Freedia is New Orleans-based hip-hop artist and worldwide ambassador of bounce music. After a series of cult hit singles during the mid 2000’s, she was tapped for a reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back on Fuse TV. The docuseries followed the life of a choirboy turned bounce rapper and remains the highest rated original series on the network. It was only a matter of time until Big Freedia caught the attention of iconic artists including Beyoncé and Drake. She was featured on both Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning single, “Formation” and Drake’s “Nice For What.”

“Downtown Rising is an annual event that celebrates Downtown’s growth and development as the city center continues to rise, despite a challenging 18 months,” said Anita Begnaud, CEO of the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited. “Downtown Lafayette continues to grow business and is the heart where the community gathers, belongs, and celebrates. This event is about acknowledging Downtown’s wins and progress with a night of entertainment,” she continued.

Social Entertainment’s CEO and Downtown Rising founder Gus Rezende said "Our team at Social Entertainment is very excited to finally bring Downtown Rising back to our community. We look forward to collaborating with our amazing event partners and to continue to build on this new event tradition for years to come."

Downtown Rising is a Social Entertainment event production, presented by the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and wouldn’t be possible without the partnership of Z105.9, exclusive non-profit partner Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, Festival International de Louisiane, and official food partner Viva La Waffle.

As an outdoor, gated event, Downtown Rising will be at limited capacity and will follow all Covid-19 safety and state restrictions. Downtown Rising asks that any guests stay home if they are not feeling well.

Downtown Rising 2020 featuring Cold War Kids was canceled due to the pandemic. Tickets previously bought for Downtown Rising 2020 will remain valid for Downtown Rising on Thursday, November 11.

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