Spring Fever celebrates music by showcasing local musicians at Bayou Park

The sound of a finely tuned guitar and a smooth southern voice began to ring through the air, drawing in crowds of eager listeners. 

Students sat around Bayou Park clutching chip bags, snow cones and coke cans as the music echoed throughout the park.

Three sets of unique and musically diverse acts were performed during the outdoor concert, offering the crowd a different taste from the last performance. 

From mellow country to psychedelic rock to rap, these artists all gave students something to dance, relax or sing along to. 

Stephen Paul, country star and ULM alumnus, gave our campus a grand taste of southern finery with his Gibson Les Paul and soothing, southern drawl.  

Paul strummed the strings of his instrument and clouds parted above, allowing the many rays of sunlight to irradiate the brown-hued body of the guitar as he played. 

Ever since his father put him on a set of drums when he was two, he has been a lover of and devotee to music, especially southern sounds. 

Paul has an extensive background in music. He was in several cover bands when he was a student. Today, Paul creates a mix between the traditional and modern pop-country. 

Paul has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has rocked the music industry and world.

“It’s been difficult for artists to record because it’s expensive, and many artists struggle,” Paul said. “Anytime you support a local artist, it’s a big deal. Share their music, buy merch.” 

After Paul’s performance, local band Six O’clock Traffic, an eight-piece psychedelic rock band with math-rock elements, took the stage, emitting bass guitar tunes paired with groovy guitar chords and a powerful female voice. 

The band’s talent is evident through the sounds of a rich synthesizer, guitar, bass, drums, berry saxophone, trombone and strong vocals. 

With a melodious combination of talents, Six O’clock Traffic brings a charismatic and spunky presence to the stage. 

Tyler Schweinefus, Six O’clock Traffic bassist and songwriter, said he believes supporting local music will always be important, but bands need support now more than ever before. 

“It’s extremely important to support other bands,” Schweinefus said. “One of the best ways to support a band is to not stream their music, but actually buy it.”  

Rap artist MainMain grabbed the crowd’s attention with his upbeat, humorous verses and fiery beats. 

MainMain is a dedicated solo artist who consistently wows listeners with his unique verses and confident stage presence. 

Kaylee Sadler, a junior english major, enjoyed MainMain’s performance.

“His energy was great and a strong crowd interaction,” Sadler said. 

All artists who performed at the event have music available on different platforms such as YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.