Hometown Heroes - Neighborhood Musicians

Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 7:26 AM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Heroes come in various forms. One group of Lake Charles musicians are making sure their neighbors enjoy the sounds of the season.Residents of Mallard St. in south Lake Charles are got a treat this week from their neighbors. It’s a live Christmas concert at a time when everything else is being cancelled.

“We were going to do a driveway concert back in August, just before the hurricane hit,” said William Rose, a member of the McNeese State University music faculty. ‘Of course, the concert got cancelled because of that. We’ve had so many people running around taking care of things. It’s now time to start bringing some cheer back into the town.’

Bill & Anne Rose, Rachel Nozny, Ben Cold, Alyssa & Martin Gaines all got together to not only stay in practice, but enjoy a few sounds of the holidays with those living on the street.

‘With Christmas coming up and we’re still under quarantine and with two hurricanes, there’s just not the gigs there usually are,” said Nozny. ‘I wanted to play Christmas carols and Bill wanted to play Christmas carols. So we threw this together. We’re excited to play together.’

And for Thomas Harper, who lives across the street from the Nozny’s, it’s a welcome break for the kids.

‘It changes up the day,” said Harper. ‘It gives us something to do. The kids look forward to it. Rachel sends out the flyers so we know it’s happening. Get them pumped for it.’

Amid a background of construction materials and debris, it seemed a little brighter.

“It’s Christmas and we all need a little cheer right now,” said Nozny.

The mini concert on Mallard St. was a rehearsal for another casual performance happening this Sunday, December 13 at Prien Lake Park. You’re asked to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

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