2019 Uncle Sam Jam set for July 3, music lineup announced

Former members of the Electric Light Orchestra, Louisiana’s sweetheart Amanda Shaw, 10,000 Maniacs and The Topcats will perform at the 2019 Uncle Sam Jam on Wednesday, July 3 at Lafreniere Park. Jefferson Parish officials and organizers for the free, annual patriotic party announced this year’s lineup on Friday, in a release.

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“Uncle Sam Jam attracts between 15,000 and 20,000+ concert goers. It’s a great event to help us showcase the beauty and amenities of Lafreniere Park and bring families and friends together. As councilman, I want to introduce new friends of the park to the concert meadows and its sprawling 155-acre green space. Everyone is invited to celebrate our nation’s independence and explore the possibilities of Lafreniere Park,” Jefferson Parish District 4 Councilman Dominick Impastato said.

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Uncle Sam Jam will open with the music of Amanda Shaw at 4 p.m. Shaw will be followed by 10,000 Maniacs, a rock band that has enjoyed three decades of success.

10,000 Maniacs will rock fans with favorites from their four platinum selling records including their unforgettable 1993 MTV Unplugged live album. A New York band, epic in the 1980s and early 90s, now performs with front artist Mary Ramsey who replaced Natalie Merchant in 1993. Uncle Sam Jam festival goers will enjoy some of the bands top charting hits including “Peace Train”, “These Are Days”, “Because the Night”, “Trouble Me”, and “Wonder”.

10,000 Maniacs will be followed by the former members of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) who have been touring for almost two decades.

The (ELO) Orchestra, is comprised of violinist Mik Kaminski (formerly of ELO & ELO Part II), orchestral keyboardist Louis Clark (formerly of ELO & ELO Part II), Eric Troyer on keyboards and vocals (formerly of ELO Part II), Parthenon Huxley, guitarist and singer (formerly of ELO Part II), drummer Gordon Townsend (formerly of ELO Part II), Glen Burtnik on vocals and bass (formerly of ELO Part II & Styx), and  Louis Clark, Jr. who play cello, acoustic guitar & orchestral keyboards (formerly of ELO Part II).

L-R John Lombardo, Mary Ramsey, Jeff Erickson, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, and Jerome Augustyniak

The (ELO) Orchestra, an English rock band, dominated the charts in the 1970s and 80s. During ELO’s original 14-year period together, the band sold over 50 million records worldwide and had 15 Top 20 songs on the U.S. Billboard chart.  Fans of ELO attending Uncle Sam Jam will enjoy standards including  “Evil Woman”, “Strange Magic”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Telephone Line”,  “Do Ya”, “Turn to Stone”, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”,  and  “Mr. Blue Sky”.

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Flight Plan Jazz Ensemble, a 13-member ensemble from within the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest from Fort Worth, TX, is a summer tour at Uncle Sam Jam.   touring Arkansas and Louisiana this summer. The band will perform a high-energy show with a wide range of jazz standards, vocal hits, big band classics, and patriotic favorites during the 20-minute fireworks display and beyond.

Uncle Sam Jam will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at the Al Copeland Concert & Meadow Stage in Lafreniere Park.  This celebration will again feature unique festival food, including a variety of food trucks, a fireworks display that begins at 9:00 p.m. and music from 4:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.   The event is free and open to the public, parking is $5.00.  The Topcats will follow the fireworks show, closing the event.

For more information, please visit www.unclesamjamjefferson.com.

 2019 Uncle Sam Jam Music Line-Up

3:00 PM Doors Open
4:00 PM Amanda Shaw
5:30 PM 10,000 Maniacs
7:15 PM The Orchestra starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra
9:00 PM Fireworks and Flight Plan Ensemble
9:35 PM The Topcats