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Spring Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series Lineup Announced

Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council will host its free Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series each Wednesday at noon in April at the Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe between St. Francis Medical Center and the courthouse. Performances include:

April 3 – Jordan and Stacy Sheppard
Husband and wife duo Jordan and Stacey Sheppard have been playing all over the southeast since 2008. Inspired by many different artists and genres, their sound is a blend of country, soul, blues, and rock ‘n roll. They have both been nominated multiple times for local music awards, and today you’ll see why! Come on down and catch today’s Series launch.

April 10 – Mason Granade
A long-time Series favorite, Mason has been performing for over thirty years and is a regular at such diverse venues as regional cafes and night spots and as Worship Leader at Bethel Baptist Church in West Monroe. If your playlist includes Eagles, America, and the Beatles, Mason’s your guy! You may also have heard his popular album recorded with Matthews-Granade on the radio or in R-Squared movies, “New Hope” and “Flag of My Father,” where he even had a cameo! Sneak a listen online at, then join us for this rocking spin to the Series!

April 17 – Mike McKenzie
An opener for Tim McGraw, T Graham Brown, and Bryan White will rock out our Series with his own unique style. Mike McKenzie is one of the busiest performers in the region, something he’s been doing since he was a kid, playing everyone’s favorite country, classic rock, and funk. Mike’s appearances are always fun and entertaining, and we’re excited to continue the Series with this local legend!

April 24 – Rod Payne and Lisa Spann
The Series ends strong with two local fan (and Series) favorites — Rod Payne and Lisa Spann. Rod is one of our area’s most visible musicians! He’s kept generations on the dance floor with show tunes, old standards, easy listening, and more. He’s excited to be joined today by frequent partner Lisa Spann, whose talent as a vocalist makes every performance fresh and fun. What a great way to wrap up the Series and help spring forward into the new season!

About the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana seeks to nurture a vibrant regional arts culture through support, promotion and education. The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana strives to be a transformative force for the community by encouraging a passion for the arts, promoting partnerships and collaboration, and ensuring access to the arts for all.

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December Arts in Northeast Louisiana

Happy Holidays from the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana


Merry Christmas the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana! The arts and the holidays go hand in hand, and there is an art event right here in Northeast Louisiana nearly every day in December.

During this holiday season, you will have all kinds of opportunities to listen to your favorite Christmas songs and watch scenes from your favorite ballets and plays. Whether you like to wear “ugly Christmas sweaters” or dress to the nines, whether you like to drink eggnog or hot toddies, whether your favorite movie is Christmas Family Vacation or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, there is a place for you to spread some cheer! For the full calendar and all event details, click here.

December 1

Garden District Block Party

Experience food from award winning local Chef Cory Bahr and heralded Houston Chef, Chef Ryan Lachaine. Music acts include local act The Supernaturals and Houston natives The Tontons. General admission tickets sold at the door.

December 2

Twin City Ballet Christmas Gala

Twin City Ballet Gala performance will be of Rudolph and Act II of The Nutcracker. Everyone’s favorite classic! Yes, Rudolph is back……with all the heart-filled adventure the story brings, brought to life onstage under the direction of the incredible Joe Istre and performed by Twin City Ballet’s amazing array of dancers. Following intermission, Act II of The Nutcracker will be performed to round off a spectacular night of music and dance.

City of West Monroe Bandstand

City of West Monroe presents: Live Music by Lisa Spann & Company. Enjoy live music while you wait for the parade and stay for more music as the parade ends and fireworks begin.

Marine Corps Band: Santa Meets Sousa

The Marine Corps Band will present “Santa Meets Sousa,” their first holiday concert of the year.

December 4-8

ULM Art Sale

What better gift to give than a beautiful work of art? Get yours at ULM from December 4-8.

December 7

Downtown Gallery Crawl

Round out your 2017 with us at the third installment of our ten year celebration of the #DowntownGalleryCrawl! The December Crawl is a delightful way to begin your holiday season – give your eyeballs the gift of new art from our 9 galleries.

Downtown River Jam DoMo Piano Bar

This is an interactive show with Queen Anne’s Revenge Dueling Pianos on the Skent N Dent stage in the historic Coca-Cola building in Downtown Monroe. While you’re there, enjoy food and a cash bar provided by Restaurant Cotton as well as complimentary beer samples by Choice Brands.

December 7, 8, 9

Music for Christmas Evenings at the Biedenharn

Enjoy beautiful live music at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, all of which will be impeccably decorated for the holidays.

December 8, 9, 10, 12, 14

Miracle on 34th Street – The Radio Version

“Watch” and listen to this classic Christmas play at Strauss Theatre. See Kris Kringle and friends on stage as they perform the play in its original radio version.

December 8, 9, 10, 16, 17

SYAA: Home for the Holidays Cabaret

Featuring homey holiday classics like “Up on the Housetop,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and a special “March of the Wooden Soldiers,” this original musical comedy creation at the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts will have you feeling nostalgic and leave you in the perfect Christmas spirit.

December 10

Monroe Symphony Orchestra: Making Spirits Bright

Sing along with local favorite, Josh Madden, and the MSO as we present our holiday concert of music heard from popular holiday films.

December 14

SYAA Winter Gala

Join the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts for the winter edition of its semi-annual gala fundraiser where students from the Improv 102 and Musical Theatre Cabaret classes entertain you in between servings of a three-course meal.

December 15

Louisiana Delta Ballet: A Very Merry Oz Christmas

Finish up the arts holiday season at A Very Merry Oz Christmas. Join the Louisiana Delta Ballet and Dorothy, as she is swept away to the North Pole on Christmas Eve and re-discovers her Dear Friends in the Land of Oz. Dorothy soon realizes there really is no place like home for Christmas.


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Arts in Education Round Table

Calling all school administrators and arts teachers!

You are invited to an Arts in Education Round Table hosted by the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana. We want to hear from you, and learn how we can better serve educators and teachers. We want to hear your ideas regarding professional development, curriculum, and learning through art. This round table discussion will be facilitated by Jennifer Guidry.

Join us at 5 p.m. Monday, December 11 on the 7th floor of the ULM Library (700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71209).

All teachers of visual art, band, choir, drama and other art classes are invited, as well as school superintendents, principals, assistant principals and department chairs. Dinner will be provided. Call 318.397.6717 for more information.

This Arts in Education Round Table is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

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