2305 N. 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone 318.397.6717

Brown Bag Concert Series

Spring Has Sprung & Brown Bag Concert Series Is Back

Celebrate this season of rebirth with friends, food, and fun! Join us every Wednesday in April for the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council’s noontime outdoor Brown Bag Concerts Series. Come on down to the lush green Palace Park at 220 DeSiard Street (beside the old Palace Dept. Store location), our venue for 2022’s first Brown Bag Series (public parking at 4th and DeSiard). In case of rain, we’ll move indoors to the old Palace Dept. store, next door to the park.
Bring your lunch or just grab a $5 box lunch on site from Newk’s Eatery including their famous tea. Mulhearn’s will again provide free cookies to make the events extra sweet! Water and lemonade will also be available. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged! Performances are FREE, thanks to our sponsors Mulhearn’s, Newk’s Eatery, The Palace, Paramount Healthcare Consultants and the City of Monroe.

Here’s who’s on stage:


April 6 - Joel Jordan
We kick off the Series with full-time musician and songwriter Joel Jordan (who also performs under the stage name The Reverend Joel David). Performing with Astro Motel, Jig the Alien, and as a solo act, Joel’s been all over the South and credits rock ‘n’ roll, the blues, and the Holy Ghost for saving his life. Come hear Joel’s musical expression of his soul-deep love of rock n’ blues as we get the Series underway. (Portions of bio courtesy strausstc.com)

April 13 - Hal Mayfield
We hit our stride with this prolific young performer who lives to "play for people, make albums, and write better songs." Hal’s inspirations are Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and Bob Dylan along with the sounds of groups like Old Crow Medicine Show and Nickel Creek. Hal has several albums to his credit already with performing experience near and far. Come join us as we bask in the tunes and sunshine down at the park.

April 20 - Bethany Raybourn
Come get a taste of the folksy-flavored roots Americana style of this local singer-songwriter in this third outing of this spring’s Series. Bethany got her start singing in church, and her musical talent has blossomed forth from there, shaped by folksy/country influences like Lucinda Williams and Neko Case. Come relax in the park and listen to this multi-instrumentalist perform her original tunes and some folksy favorites. as we head into the Series home stretch.

April 27 - Alice Prophit + Rita Spillers
This duo’s talent moves the soul! Alice sings many different styles of music from Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt to inspirationals, standards and oldies. She has written and recorded a CD of Christian music, performed in Branson and onstage at the Dove Awards among many stage, TV, and radio appearances. Today she’s joined by local favorite pianist Rita Spillers. Rita played for Warehouse Restaurant guests for 25 years plus is a regular at many local churches and special events. With several CDs of her work to her credit, she imbues her performance with her love of her instrument and song. Today the duo’s music will lift your heart as we close out the Series and head into the Spring.

For more information or to confirm the show will go on in case of rain, call the Arts Council office at 397.6717 or 397.6754. Visit the Arts Council online at www.nelaarts.com, find us on Facebook or Instagram @region8arts!

Thank you to our sponsors, Mulhearn’s, Newk’s Eatery, The Palace, and the City of Monroe.


Our Partners

Supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support provided by the City of Monroe and the City of West Monroe.

2305 N. 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone 318.397.6717

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