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|Arcade ribbon-cutting March 12th in Ferriday|
Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Arcade Theater will be held March 12 at the Arcade and Delta Music Museum on Louisiana Avenue.
The ribbon cutting ceremony, which will feature Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and Ferriday native Mickey Gilley, will be held at 5 p.m.
A reception will follow from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Delta Music Museum.
At 7 p.m., Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers will perform at the Arcade, with Gilley joining the group for two songs.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Arcade has 280 seats and holds 300 people.
The Arcade will be dedicated during the Delta Music Festival on April 5.
Pete Fountain will be inducted into the Delta Music Hall of Fame during those festivities.
Jason D. Williams of Memphis, who has a style similar to Ferriday native Jerry Lee Lewis, will be the headliner for the festival.
Also performing at the festival will be The Jordans of Shreveport and Lujuana Weir of Natchez.
Fountain was born July 3, 1930 in New Orleans. Fountain performed with several sensational bands. One such band was the Junior Dixieland Band which performed in the famous Parisian Room—often performing for legendary jazz men.
A few years later, Fountain joined Phil Zito's International Dixieland Express.
Fountain has received numerous awards and honors including a Doctorate of Music from the College of Santa Fe, he was voted the No. 1 Jazz Clarinetist for 13 consecutive years in the Playboy Readers Poll, he was King of Bacchus; he received an Emmy for the 1990 Super Bowl Pre-Game Music; he was awarded the 1993 Louisiana Legends Award; and Pete received the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award in Music.
Williams has been called identified as enthusiastic, reckless, stormy, and rock and roll in its natural state.
The Kansas City Star Pronounced Jason D. Williams as "the past and future of rock & roll."
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