Content tagged “Music”

How to do PARK(ing) Day right

The return of the global event PARK(ing) Day to Baton Rouge this Friday will create temporary mini-parks at 16 sites across the city—and will probably cause countless double takes from confused passersby.

Tipitina's looking to expand BR presence with new facility on Melrose

Tipitina's Foundation, the not-for-profit charity organization that grew out of the iconic New Orleans music venue, is looking to expand its reach in Baton Rouge. The foundation has filed a conditional use permit with the City-Parish Planning Commission, saying it hopes to buy property on Melrose Boulevard to "provide rehearsal space, educational programs and services for our area's current and emerging musicians." The foundation currently provides such services at its location at 2600 Government St., where its Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op has been located since 2006. According to the application, a company called Studio Network LLC is seeking to acquire and renovate buildings at 5049 and 5069 Melrose Blvd. on behalf of the foundation. The properties are located just off Florida Boulevard, across the street from the Baton Rouge Community College campus. "The buildings will be converted into office and classroom space, audio and visual recording studios, digital media editing suites,...

'225 Weekender': Enjoy Movies & Music on the Lawn

Baton Rouge Gallery pairs an iconic silent film with a never-before-heard live soundtrack in its Movies & Music on the Lawn series. 225 Weekender reports the latest installment features local electro-pop duo England in 1819 providing the live soundtrack for Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger on Friday evening. The screening begins around 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes free bottomless popcorn. The film stars Ivor Novello as a quiet, secretive young man whose arrival in a London boarding house coincides with the terrifying actions of Jack the Ripper. England in 1819, which has been called one of Louisiana's top acts by Paste Magazine, released its third album, Fireball Electric Tomorrow, last year. Get details on more local events happening this weekend in the new 225 Weekender e-newsletter.

'225 Weekender': See singer-songwriter Don McLean

Don McLean, the voice behind hits such as "American Pie" and "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)," performs at the River Center Theater on Friday at 8 p.m. As 225 Weekender reports, since his career took off in 1971, McLean has garnered more than 40 gold and platinum records across the globe. In 2004, he was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. In 2009, McLean released his 20th album Addicted to Black. Though McLean is now considered one of folk music's gems, his debut album, Tapestry, was rejected more than 70 times by labels before finally being released in 1970. Find out about more events on tap for this weekend in the new 225 Weekender e-newsletter.

​'225 Weekender': Hear Chris Hillman perform in Red Dragon's Songwriter Series

Singer-songwriter Chris Hillman, a founding member of 1960s bands The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, will perform at Manship Theatre Friday at 7:30 p.m. as part of Red Dragon's Songwriter Series. Tickets start at $59, and Herb Pedersen will join Hillman on stage. Both songwriters have extensive country and bluegrass backgrounds. Hillman's credits include co-writing The Byrds' hit "So You Want to be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" and The Desert Rose Band's "I Still Believe in You." Read Jeff Roedel's interview with Hillman. Local songwriter Ryan Harris, who is preparing to release a new album, will open. Get the scoop on the rest of this weekend's Capital City events in the latest edition of the weekly e-newsletter 225 Weekender.

'Live After Five' announces fall lineup

The fall lineup of Live After Five is once again packed with local and regional talent, promising another season of great family entertainment in a venue that is perfect for kicking back and taking in the best of downtown. Marc Broussard, who opened the Miss USA pageant, kicks things off Sept. 5 with his Louisiana-laced lyrics delivered in old-school Southern soul style. Jason Martin opens. Chris LeBlanc, long a mainstay on the Louisiana music scene, brings his rich, bluesy music to the Galvez Plaza stage on Sept. 12. New Orleans' Flow Tribe shows up on Baton Rouge's doorstep on Sept. 19. Flow Tribe has been described as playing funk-rock with the delicacy of a sledgehammer. Dulac Smack opens. The balance of the fall season is Werewolf and AM/FM on Sept. 26; Foret Tradition (swamp pop, soul, funk, Motown and country) on Oct. 3; After 8 (the LSU Jazz Ensemble Horns) on Oct. 10; Perkins Road featuring Cam Pyle on Oct. 17; and Colin Lake on Oct. 24 with opening act Startisan. All shows...

'225': Meet the local guys who make live music sing

Sound guys are an essential part of the city's music talent, reports 225, which introduces readers to three of them in a feature in the July issue. Michael Pinter, John Tulley and Mike Russo are just three of a small group of local professionals who run sound at venues that include Manship Theatre, Varsity Theatre and Chelsea's Cafe. But the three sound technicians all differed in their journeys to become integral parts of the Capital City's local concert scene. Pinter says he learned backwards. "I learned on crummy systems and learned all about the problems involved with sound engineering," he says. Though he now works full time as sound engineer for Manship Theatre, he began running sound for the now-defunct bar The Bayou in 2000. His past has helped shape his ability to solve problems on the spot. At Manship, he's worked with artists such as Randy Newman and the folk band The Punch Brothers. Tulley works part time at Manship, primarily connecting stage setups, such as...

Live After Five announces lineup

Downtown Baton Rouge will play host to great bands and fun times in the upcoming fall season of Live After Five. The free Friday night concert series kicks off its latest batch of concerts with Marc Broussard Sept. 5. Jason Martin will open.
The entire schedule was announced today as part of a lunchtime reveal party. Live After Five concerts will all take place at North Boulevard Town Square from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. except for the Sept. 26 concert, which features extended hours of 5 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit downtownbr.org. Check out the full schedule below.
Live After Five Fall 2014 Schedule
Sept. 5: Marc Broussard, Jason Martin
Sept. 12: Chris LeBlanc and the Spanish Town Big Band
Sept. 19: Flowtribe, Dulac Shack
Sept. 26: Werewolf, AM/FM
Oct. 3: Foret Tradition
Oct. 10: After 8 with the LSU Jazz Ensemble
Oct. 17: Perkins Road
Oct. 24: Colin Lake, Startisan

Jazzin' it up with George Bell

George Bell has been playing trumpet for 46 years.

Entrepreneur: Tess Brunet & Patrick Hodgkins

As the one-year anniversary of Lagniappe Records approached, co-owners Tess Brunet and Patrick Hodgkins were given a chance to relocate and expand their France Street business. "I was very adamant about staying in Beauregard Town, near downtown," Brunet tells Business Report for its new Entrepreneur feature on her and Hodgkins. "I absolutely love it here." So they moved, but not far. The couple had met in New Orleans in 2011 after years of touring separately as professional musicians. She plays drums; he, bass guitar. On roadtrips with their bands, they'd often drop into independent record stores as customers; each also had work experience in these settings. Together they planned and opened an "exclusively vinyl" record store in Baton Rouge, where they could corner the market. Since day one—July 27, 2013—their business has grown "organically," through word of mouth. Hodgkins says, "We've created the record store that we would want to go to." The homey vibe of...

Tess Brunet & Patrick Hodgkins

"We've created the record store that we would want to go to."

Expanded Bayou Country Superfest generated record-setting weekend for BR hotels

Baton Rouge-area hotels took in a record $3.4 million during the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest, which was held over the three-day Memorial Day weekend at Tiger Stadium, according to figures from Smith Travel Research that were released Wednesday by Visit Baton Rouge. This year saw the festival expanded from two to three days, which boosted attendance to a record high 135,000 fans, festival organizers say. "Guests that I spoke to really enjoyed that extra night. It made all the difference," says Gary Jupiter, president of the Baton Rouge Lodging Association and general manager of the DoubleTree Hotel. "We had guests from all 50 states and at least 10 different countries. We were definitely well-represented." STR figures show Baton Rouge area hotels took in $1.23 million on the Friday of the event weekend, $1.26 million on Saturday and $914,000 on Sunday. "Around five years ago, the hotel industry used to dread the Memorial Day weekend. Now we really look forward to it," says...

BR record shop moving to larger location, starting DIY label

Tess Brunet and Patrick Hodgkins' Lagniappe Records is making a couple big moves this year that will no doubt impact the local music scene. 225 reports that the shop will house a DIY label that will release limited edition 7" vinyl records featuring local musicians. A Lagniappe Records label has been in the works since the shop opened last July. The first release features Alex Abel and The Chambers. Brunet and John Tulley recorded the tracks at Tulley's studio/music and art space, The Legendary Noise Floor on Government Street. Timothy Stollenwerk of Stereophonic Mastering mastered the record. Abel and The Chambers' 7" has no firm release date, but Brunet says it should be out sometime this fall. At first, the couple talked about creating a reissue label to re-release older, regional and hard-to-find classics. "We still have that in mind, but it's on the back burner," Brunet...

Lagniappe Records to start DIY label

Tess Brunet and Patrick Hodgkins' Lagniappe Records is making a couple big moves this year that will no doubt impact the local music scene.

'225': A look inside the Buddy Stewart Memorial Music Foundation & Rhythm Museum

Philliper Stewart is keeping the legacy of her father, Buddy Stewart, alive in Mid City north. As 225 reports in a story from the current issue, Buddy was a musician who owned a popular record store on North Acadian Thruway. His daughter worked with him for 17 years. After he died, she had to figure out what to do with a long-standing business that was now selling an outdated product. She knew it was something she needed to hold onto, but wasn't sure the direction to turn. In the early 2000s, the store became the Buddy Stewart Memorial Music Foundation & Rhythm Museum. The site has photos and memorabilia, occasionally still sells a record or two, and hosts the annual Rocktober Fest community event. Another goal of the foundation and museum is to improve music education in local schools. Already, Stewart's foundation has partnered with Capitol High School to bring back its music program. She welcomes the opportunity to help young people gain an appreciation for music. "You...

'225': Mud and Water looks to relocate by the fall

Mud and Water, a music venue and bar at 174 South Blvd., will take its name elsewhere after June 1. As 225 reports, talent buyer and promoter Jeremy Woolsey says the venue, which was formerly known as L Bar, will carry on with a different name and direction because of a "disbanding of a verbal partnership" with the leaseholder, Robert McClaren. Woolsey says he is no longer booking for the venue, effectively immediately, and has moved shows to other venues in Baton Rouge or to his new venue in New Orleans, The Beatnik, on 1638 Clio St. Woolsey says he hopes to reopen Mud and Water in a new location in Baton Rouge by the fall. In the meantime, he says he and his team will still book shows at various venues in the Capital City as Mud and Water Productions. McClaren says he doesn't have a name or new brand yet, but says that the new location won't focus solely on original live music. He says the bar and nightclub will be "in transition" by June 1, but with no firm reopen date.

Executive Spotlight: Jody Hanet

In the 10 months she has led Kids' Orchestra, Jody Hanet has overseen remarkable growth. As Business Report's new Executive Spotlight feature on Hanet notes, participation has escalated from about 70 students to over 500 during that span. "We nearly had a logistical nightmare on our hands," she says. "We had to hire over 50 teachers, site coordinators and bus helpers. Hundreds of instruments had to be purchased." It all fell into place, though, with "tremendous" community support, and Hanet assembled a team to help her implement her five-year strategic plan. Hanet came to Kids' Orchestra with exceptional experience and training in musical education and leadership. She envisions the Baton Rouge program becoming "the catalyst for offering quality music education to multitudes of children across the state." Her motivation exceeds a belief in the intrinsic value of learning to play an instrument; she knows the personal and social dividends for participants are incalculable. "Music...

'225 Weekender': Stars set to shine at Bayou Country Superfest​

Some of the hottest country singers and groups will draw huge crowds to Tiger Stadium this weekend for the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest, which kicks off Friday and wraps up Sunday. As 225 Weekend reports, this year's expanded three-day festival includes headlining performances from Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire and George Strait—who is appearing in Baton Rouge as part of his farewell tour. Strait just turned 62 and over his career has recorded 44 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, as well as 60 No. 1 songs on the Billboard charts, 13 multiplatinum albums, 33 platinum and 38 gold albums. This is his only festival appearance this year. The festival will also include a performance by Breaux Bridge's Hunter Hayes and a free Fan Fest, with performances all weekend in the Lot A parking lot, next to the stadium near Nicholson Drive. Single-day tickets are still​...

Buddy Guy buys $1 million BR home, planning homecoming move

If you weren't able to catch blues legend Buddy Guy in concert at L'Auberge in March, chances are you'll have another chance to see him in the area in the future, as the guitarist and Lettsworth native is finally making the move back home to the Capital Region. Guy, who moved to Chicago in 1957 and has called the city home ever since, purchased a home in the Nicholson Drive/River Road area last week for a little over $1 million. "We've been home shopping for about a year," says Tigue Bonneval of Beau Box Commercial Real Estate, who brokered the deal. "Basically, I think he just wants to get back home." Bonneval says that Guy will keep his house in Chicago, but the Baton Rouge house will be his permanent home. "He's still going to have Buddy Guy's Legends, which is a big club in Chicago, but he's pretty much transitioning into the home here in Baton Rouge as his primary residence," Bonneval says. "He's playing in New Orleans in three days at the House of Blues. I'm sure he'll do much...

Caroline Samuels

Age: 17
School: Senior, Baton Rouge Magnet High School
Extracurriculars: President of the Jewish Cultural Association, soccer
Dream job: Performing in a major symphony orchestra
Inspiration: Yung-Chiao Wei, LSU associate professor of double bass

Josh Campesi

Age: 13
School: 8th grade, St. Aloysius Catholic School
Extracurriculars: St. Aloysius Spirit of Service organization, writing music
Dream job: Record label CEO
Inspiration: Doug Gay, Baton Rouge Music Studios

Samuel "Kidd LOS" Muyaka

Age: 18
School: Senior, Madison Preparatory Academy
Extracurriculars: Soccer and football
Dream job: Touring full-time and teaching music to children
Inspiration: Pharrell Williams

'225': Cajun rockers Feufollet roll out a new lineup and a new sound

En Couleurs, released in 2010, represents the last time the young Cajun band Feufollet went into the studio. As 225 details in a feature from the current issue, the album was cutting-edge for modern Cajun music at the time—rocking rather than two-stepping, with a concept album form, filled with musical interlude. To young audiences in south Louisiana and the band's musical peers, En Couleurs was a breath of fresh air—and the album eventually landed in the hands of Elvis Costello, who was mightily impressed and said so in an interview in the British music press. Feufollet quickly garnered unexpected bookings in England and continental Europe as well as an unexpected Grammy nomination in the states. Feufollet ended up meeting Costello, as well as one of their musical heroes, Neil Young, at the Grammy ceremony. The band appeared on the fast track to national prominence. That didn't happen, but contributing writer Roger Hahn explains that the band...

Baton Rouge Music Studios to double space with move to Burbank Crossing

Baton Rouge Music Studios—a music performance and entertainment technology academy located off of Hillary Court across from the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library—has filed a plan review application with the city-parish Department of Public Works to remodel its future location in the Burbank Crossing shopping center next to Hibbett Sports. At approximately 4,000 square feet, BRMS' new Burbank location is double the size of its current studio and will provide the academy the space to further develop its Young Band Nation program—a collaboration between BRMS and Southwest Louisiana Music Studios in Lake Charles that promotes music education and community-building among Louisiana youth—as 225 magazine reported earlier this month. "I knew we had to grow gradually, but there was always this nagging desire to have a community center, a haven for misfits—the...

Record Store Day in Baton Rouge

Since 2007, independent record stores across the nation have been celebrating Record Store Day.

'225 Weekender': Local stores celebrate Record Store Day

Conceived in 2007, Record Store Day is a holiday of sorts for the thousands of independently owned record stores in the United States. Customers and musicians come together with record stores' staff and celebrate the culture of the shop with special CD and vinyl releases issued exclusively for the day. As 225 Weekender reports, Record Store Day kicks off Saturday across the country, and in Baton Rouge, Lagniappe Records and Atomic Pop Shop will be celebrating with in-store performances, giveaways and sales. Lagniappe will open at 10 a.m., and musical performances start at noon with Night Janitor and continue throughout the day with Listen, Earth; Della; The Chambers; and Young Fathers. Atomic Pop Shop will host music at noon from Hot Llamas, Painted Hands at 2 p.m. and special acoustic sets from Clay Parker throughout the day. Get more details and learn about more local events on tap for this weekend in

BR tourism officials gearing up for a big summer

Local tourism officials are gearing up for a blockbuster summer, with three major events set to take place back to back between Memorial Day weekend and late June. The three-day Bayou Country Superfest will be May 23-25 in LSU's Tiger Stadium, followed by the Miss USA Pageant June 8 at the Baton Rouge River Center. The pageant will be followed by the U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Tournament June 19-26, a weeklong event expected to bring some 15,000 visitors to Baton Rouge. "It is going to be a fantastic summer," says Christy Chachere, communications coordinator for Visit Baton Rouge. "All three events reach very different target markets and attract visitors in-state, out of state and international." Though the Miss USA Pageant will technically bring the fewest visitors to the area—an estimated 4,000 or so tickets will be sold—it has the potential to bring the most exposure to the Capital Region. Event organizers and contestants arrive several weeks early and, as the pageant...

'225 Weekender': Dr. John headlines free BR Blues Fest Saturday

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival returns to downtown Saturday with a headlining performance by the legendary Dr. John, as well as performances by more than 20 other bands and artists across multiple stages. As 225 Weekender reports, the free event takes place around North Boulevard Town Square and kicks off with a performance from students of Baton Rouge Music Studios at the Swamp Blues Stage at 11:15 a.m. Performances will go throughout the day and include Brother Dege & The Brethren at noon at the Foundation Stage, Tess Brunet at 1 p.m. in the Old State Capitol Lobby, Black Pistol Fire at 3 p.m. at the Foundation Stage, Little Freddie King at 5:45 p.m. at the Swamp Blues Stage and many more. Dr. John & The Nite Trippers will close out the festival on the Foundation Stage, beginning at 8:30 p.m. While the event is free, VIP tickets are available for $50. There will also be events associated with the festival held throughout the weekend, including a Live After Five performance...

Spotlight on Molly Taylor

On a frigid Thursday, Molly Taylor is all smiles at her Mid City house. The self-proclaimed night owl sits on her couch in a loose flannel shirt and dark blue jeans. To her right is an electric guitar she named "Vivian." It's plugged into a few pedals and a dusty Fender amp.

Spring lineup for Live After Five downtown concert series announced

Marcia Ball, David St. Romain and a number of other local and regional bands have been tapped for this spring's annual Live After Five concert series. The Downtown Business Association of Baton Rouge announced the lineup of the free concert series at a reveal party this afternoon at North Boulevard Town Square. This year's Live After Five series kicks off on Friday, April 4, with a performance by The Chee Weez. All of the shows in the series will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at North Boulevard Town Square. Other shows include bluesman Jonathon "Boogie" Long on April 11; Marcia Ball on April 25; and a special Thursday, May 22, performance by David St. Romain. The show was moved to Thursday that week to compliment—and not compete—with the star-studded Bayou Country Superfest lineup in town for the weekend, including George Strait and Reba McEntire on Friday, May 23. Live After Five started 16 years ago and crowds were slim at first, according to DDD Executive Director Davis...

Live After Five announces lineup

The Downtown Business Association of Baton Rouge announced the 2014 lineup of Live After Five at a reveal party Friday at North Boulevard Town Square.
Jonathon Boogie Long, Marcia Ball, David St. Romain and more are scheduled to perform in the annual free concert series.
Mayor Kip Holden announced the lineup and says he was buying music books from Zeagler's Music Store yesterday in hopes to appear and sing at a concert. "We have good people in a great city," he says. "This is an event to bring people here and show them what's going on and showcase our talent."
Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer says the concert series started 16 years ago and crowds were slim then, but now, "Live After Five has grown into the premier concert series in the state."
All spring Live After Five performances will take place 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North Boulevard Town Square.
A full schedule is below.

'225 Weekender': The Hag returns to B.R.

Troubadour Merle Haggard returns to the Capital City on Sunday to deliver a set that's bound to include some of the most classic songs in the country catalog. Considered one of the founding fathers of the Outlaw Country movement, the 76-year-old has had more than 30 chart-topping singles over his storied career. He last released a studio album in 2011, Working in Tennessee, which achieved critical acclaim. He's also said to be working on a new album with fellow country legends Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. The last time The Hag was in Baton Rouge was August 2011, when he also played the River Center Theater and delivered such classics as "Mama Tried," "Workin' Man Blues," "Okie from Muskogee," "Are The Good Times Really Over" and many more. Tickets range from $40 to $60, not including service fees. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Get the scoop on more local events taking place this weekend in

'225': Red Dragon Listening Room expands its offerings

The Red Dragon Listening Room has quietly created an intimate music venue with its bevy of couches and chairs and a BYOB policy. And when you go to a show at the Florida Boulevard spot, a feature in the current 225 notes, you're going to listen. "We want to be respectful to artists," owner Chris Maxwell tells the magazine. At Red Dragon, musicians can play their music for rapt audiences eager to hear them rather than to socialize during the show. Though the venue is most famous for its weekend shows with traveling musicians, Wednesday recently became the go-to night for local music. Now, Red Dragon has teamed up with Rob Chidester of Royal Cyclops Productions to help spotlight regional talent. Each Wednesday night show features three acts. "Each set has to build like a drama in order to keep audiences interested," Chidester says. The shows run 90 minutes, leaving the audience wanting more. Red Dragon also approached Manship Theatre about a concert series this year. The series...

'225 Weekender': Clarinetist DiLutis joins BRSO tonight for evening of Mozart

A new year means a new slate of grand performances from the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. As 225 Weekend reports, the symphony's Masterworks concert series continues this evening with a performance of Mozart selections at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. On the program is the famous composer's "Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio," "Clarinet Concerto," "Suite from Gran Partita" and "Symphony No. 38." Clarinetist Robert DiLutis is guest performer. Tickets are $35. "In this program, we see many facets of Mozart's compositional style," says the symphony of tonight's concert. "While always working within the traditions of the classical style, Mozart was still an innovator and was not afraid to branch out and try new things; be it a relatively new instrument (the clarinet), or exotic percussion instruments, as heard in the overture. Each work on this concert has a distinctly different sound; each unique, but sharing the same trait that is the...

Todd Mitchell

"I always wanted to work in the music/record/event business in one way or another," says Todd Mitchell. The professed lover of live entertainment began his tenure as general manager of the Baton Rouge River Center in 2007 at age 34, when he was already a seasoned professional. Previously, he had risen to the post of manager at Kansas City's former Kemper Arena, where he gravitated to the producing side of the live event business. On arrival at the Centroplex, he was ready to assume the diverse roles his job entails: "I am consistently part concert promoter, meeting planner, performing arts director, convention planner, media planner and operations manager." Mitchell is actually an employee of SMG, a worldwide venue management group, which the city-parish hired to run the River Center. His initial aim, of booking as much business as he can, hasn't changed, he says. And, understandably, he views producing the U.S. Bowling Congress Tournament 2012 as one of his greatest achievements.

'225 Weekender': Hear the smooth sounds of Karrin Allyson

The Arts Council's River City Jazz Masters series returns with two performances tonight from a Grammy-nominated singer and pianist, the new 225 Weekender reports. Karrin Allyson, a four-time Grammy nominee, performs at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Manship Theatre. The show is the first of the year for the River City Jazz Masters series. Allyson is known for drawing from a range of material, including samba, jazz and pop standards, bossa nova and blues. Tickets start at $25. A special dinner package with a three-course meal from Stroubes is also available for $55. Access the complete details and learn about more local events taking place this weekend in the new 225 Weekender e-newsletter.

Mid City record store plans expansion

Atomic Pop Shop owner Kerry Beary says she's planning an expansion to nearly double the size of her 1,500-square-foot store at 2963 Government St., as well as make repairs to the building's roof and add a parking lot to the Mid City store specializing in vinyl records. "We'll have space for more of everything," says Beary. "We'll have more records, electronics, more vintage items. We're also going to have a parking lot with about 10 to 15 spaces." Beary plans to renovate an existing space located behind her current shop for the expansion. The parking lot will also be built in the rear of the business, which is sandwiched among a stretch of retail shops and office spaces slated for renovations and upgrades under an effort called Model Block. Beary says work will begin soon, with completion on the entire project expected by the spring. Thanks to the resurgence of...

Tin Cup Music

Charlie Cole's eyes get teary as he shows a visitor the latest video showcasing street musicians from around the globe singing together. Filmed on the streets of cities as close as New Orleans and as far away as Tokyo, the Playing For Change video features artists—each on his own turf—harmonizing on a gospel tune, using headphones and microphones for sychronization. It is moving.

Kenny Neal

Occupation: Blues Musician
Hometown: Erwinville, La.
Age: 56

Lauren Waguespack

Occupation: Singer, seen on TV show The X-Factor; Photographer
Hometown: Gonzales
Age: 25

NYE now has a theme song

In preparation for downtown Baton Rouge's first-ever New Year's Eve bash, there is now a theme song and music video to go with it. We take a look at all the amazing parts of your new favorite song of the year.

Moon Honey releases album, new video

While the Baton Rouge band Moon Honey is wrapping up its tour of the West coast, its new album Hand-Painted Dream Photographs saw a release on iTunes this week.

Kathleen Howell

It's a Tuesday morning, and Kathleen Howell is ready to roll. Just like nearly every fourth Tuesday for 12 years now, she has her bow tie on and a stack of hats and songbooks in hand. Showtime is almost here.

Hot tech gifts

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Radio station finds success with early switch to Christmas music

For a dozen years, radio station KRVE-96.1 The River has featured Christmas tunes ramping up to the holidays. But this year the station kicked off its annual 24-hour festive format a full 45 days before Dec. 25. While some listeners on The River's Facebook page say "Bah humbug" to the switch so far in advance of Thanksgiving, the station's operators say ratings soar during this yearly format change. "The email requests that we now start receiving as early as the first week of October have shown that listeners rely on us to deliver the Christmas music every year," says Sam North, program director and on-air personality at The River, a Clear Channel station. "As for ratings, in most cases they've ranged from a 50% increase to double our average ratings." This successful strategy is being replicated in other Clear Channel markets, with one of Clear Channel's executives saying in Billboard, "There's no other programming tactic in radio history that consistently delivers ratings increases...

Bayou Country Superfest announces lineup

Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Reba McEntire will join George Strait as headliners of the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge next May.

This is Halloween

With Halloween coming up, Baton Rouge has already started celebrating with pumpkin patches, mazes, parties and more. Here's a rundown of events happening this week and onward as you get in the mood for a good scare, plus a playlist of Halloween party-ready tunes!

Uncommonly good

Culture Candy's Uncommon Thread wearable fashion show returns with a showcase at the LSU Museum of Art this weekend.