I attended the my first Sunset on the Landing Concert on Friday, April 21. I arrived about an hour early and found a parking spot very close to the Landing and practiced taking photos with a camera I borrowed from my mom. I eventually gave up with trying to figure out how to focus the damn thing and decided to people watch. The crowd was mostly middle aged, but towards the end of the night younger crowds started to arrive. There were not many children, but those that were there grouped together and played catch and tag along the hill towards the back.
Crowds started arriving around 5:15 carrying lawn chairs and blankets and picking out the best viewing spots. There were several seating options to choose from. Benches close to the stage, small wooden platforms that gives a slight viewing advantage, if you can get one, and lots of open grassy space for blankets and chairs. Some attendees paddled in on canoes and left their boats pulled up on the bank along the river edge.
Food vendors arrived around 5:30 and started setting up. Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs offered hot dogs with or without chili and a variety of toppings. Cupcake Concept provided dessert with both vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. Neither vendor brought drinks, however water was available for $1 at the sponsor table. But most attendees brought coolers with beer, wine and snacks.
The first band to play was Big Daddy O and Amadee Frederick. Their sound was very laid back and I guess I would describe it as a “folky Louisiana blues”. The crowd lazily listened and clapped in-between each set.
The second act, Matt Lemmler’s New Orleans Jazz Revival Show “Fire & Water”, took the stage around 7:30 and seemed to liven the place up. It was now dark and the only light provided was coming from the stage. I left around 8p.m. just as the Revial Show was starting to “revive” the crowd.
The Sunset at the Landing concert was a nice treat after a long work week. If you are looking for a relaxing evening that the whole family can enjoy then head on out to the Landing.
Things to bring/Tips:
- Lawn chairs and/or blankets
- Cooler with your favorite beverages
- Cash for food vendors and water
- Small flashlight or your phone to see with when leaving
- No restrooms nearby but there were porta-potties setup towards the front of the concert area
- I brought bug spray with me, but surprisingly, I was not bothered by a single gnat or mosquito
Every third Friday from March to October starting at 6p.m. and ending around 9p.m. at the foot of Columbia Street in Covington Louisiana. The Sunset Landing Series is sponsored by the Heritage Bank of St. Tammany, the City of Covington and the Covington Farmers Market.