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Festival entertainers

Parker James and the Ken Marvel Band featuring Tod Stark will perform on the Main Stage at the 2017 Louisiana Railroad Days Festival on Saturday, Apr. 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Parker James is a singer-songwriter who loves blue-eyed soul. He was a singer for The Fabulous Boogie Kings, working with G. G. Shinn, Duane Yates, Jerry LaCroix, and others. His first solo album, "Simply Parker", was made while he was working in Shinn's club in Lake Charles and was a mix of original songs and favorite covers. In 2007, he released "Louisiana Mardi Gras Gumbo." The album was filled with favorite Mardi Gras covers, except for "Bourbon Street Balcony", which was a Parker James original depicting a day at a Mardi Gras parade on Bourbon Street.

The Ken Marvel Band plays swamp pop throughout southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas. Marvel previously played the keyboard in G. G. Shinn's band for several years. Dan Willgingo said "he's one of the reasons why the music formerly known as South Louisiana music continues to thrive."

Tod Stark, a native of DeQuincy, plays both drums and guitar and has a degree in Jazz Studies. He has performed at other Railroad Festivals, first with Key West the Band and then later with GUILTY. Stark also owns Bayou Cafe in Beaumont and Port Arthur.

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