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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 www.masongranade.com, 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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Downtown Gallery Crawl

August Crawl

You’ve heard it said, time flies when you’re having fun. Well, what a blast this past year has been that the Downtown Arts Alliance has wrapped up another season and begins its 11th year of Downtown Gallery Crawls! Join the fun in downtown Monroe and West Monroe on Thursday, August 2, 5-9 pm. The Crawls are always free and always feature fine art, food and drink as well as music and other artistic pursuits. The whole family will enjoy this event!

The Arts Council will be hosting a pop-up exhibit of Leigh Buffington’s artwork in the Baker Building during the Downtown Gallery Crawl. We will be revealing her poster for the 2018 North Delta Food & Wine Festival. See you there!

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Downtown Gallery Crawl this August 2nd

Get excited! The Downtown Gallery Crawl is once again sweeping through the 318 bringing captivating art, marvelous live music, and the most scrumptious of foods. Absolutely free to the public, this dynamic event is located in Downtown Monroe and West Monroe and consists of 9 galleries featuring our most talented local artists and photographers.

Also, be sure to check out our special pop-up exhibit at the Baker Building during the Downtown Gallery Crawl. We as the Arts Council will debut Leigh Buffington’s poster for the 2018 North Delta Food & Wine Festival where signed posters will be for sale.

Come celebrate the arts and our creative community on Thursday, August 2nd from 5-9 p.m. This is an event you will not want to miss! If you can’t attend the Crawl this time, don’t worry. This event occurs on the first Thursday of every other month. For more information about the Downtown Art Gallery click here.

-Joanna Calhoun

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Strauss Presents: Smoke on the Mountain, June 14 -15

Running June 14th and 15th, you will be able to relive Smoke on the Mountain, a Strauss Theatre production that was so popular they revived it as a dinner theatre production.

Set in the 1930s, this musical tale introduces the singing Sanders family, who perform their traditional and bluegrass gospel songs for the members of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, NC. Pastor Oglethorpe welcomes the family to the church, where their individual stories and beliefs are shared during the concert.

The audience serves as the members of the congregation. They will experience live music in an intimate and interactive setting. Lasting approx 2.5 hours, the cast is comprised of Josh Madden (Stanley Sanders), Jacob Branson (Dennis Sanders), Hannah Matherne  (Denise Sanders), Nicole Goode (June Sanders), Kelly Flores (Vera Sanders), Spence Young (Burl Sanders), and Alex Matherne (Pastor Oglethorpe).  The dinner portion of the show will be catered by Chef Pat Nolan.

The show is being held in the Strauss Main Stage lobby June 14th and 15th at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $45 (+tax) and can be purchased by calling the box office at (318) 323-6681 or by following this link. Stay informed about events at Strauss here.

smoke on the mountain cast

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Downtown Gallery Crawl celebrates its 10th Anniversary

That’s a wrap! The 10th Season of the Downtown Gallery Crawl wrapped up Thursday, and it was a success! Free to the public, this dynamic event located in downtown Monroe and West Monroe consisted of 9 stunning galleries, delicious food trucks, handmade market vendors,  and multiple live performances by talented musicians.

The Palace Gallery featured photographer Caleb Bostick’s work. Coinciding with his show was finalists’ photographs of the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau and BayouLife Magazine’s annual Photo the ‘Roe photography contest, which Bostick won last year. Best of Show winner, RJ Ojeda, will have his breath-taking photo featured as the July cover of BayouLife.

The Downtown Arts Alliance, a non-profit organization, organizes every Crawl and ensures there is “new fine art from local, regional, and national artists 6 times a year.” Its goal is to allow the arts and community in the 318 to grow and prosper, and they surely are going above and beyond.

The Downtown Gallery Crawl occurs on the first Thursday of every other month, so be sure to mark your calendars for August 2 – you won’t want to miss out! For more information about the Downtown Gallery Crawl, click here.

-Joanna Calhoun

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Downtown Gallery Crawl happening Thursday, June 7

Local, live, vibrant, social, and free just a few of the words that could be used to describe the community experience that is the Downtown Gallery Crawl of Monroe/West Monroe. Having showcased the works of artists such as Emily Caldwell, Cliff Tresner, Alyssa Guidry, Vitus Shell and numerous others, the crawl is never dull with great art, music, food and people.

This being the end of the Downtown Gallery Crawl’s 10th season, I am sure it will not fail to wow. Support your local art community and attend the crawl on Thursday, June 7 from 5-9 p.m.

If you cannot attend this time around, be sure to like, follow, and subscribe for Crawl information here.

 

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Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series – Mason Granade

Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana ends its FREE Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series with live music from Mason Granade on April 25. Everyone is welcome to come out at noon every Wednesday in April at Anna Gray Noe Park. The park is located in downtown Monroe between St. Francis Medical Center and the courthouse.

A long-time series favorite, Granade has performed for over 30 years and is a regular at regional cafes and night spots, and as Worship Leader at Bethel Baptist Church in West Monroe. Granade finds inspiration from Eagles, America and The Beatles. He has recorded an album with Matthews-Granade, and his songs were featured in R-Squared movies “New Hope” and “Flag of My Father,” where he had a cameo. Sneak a listen online at www.masongranade.com, then join the Arts Council for this rocking series finale at the park.

Limited seating is available, and picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. The Cookout Food Truck will be selling food as well. The Arts Council’s Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series is sponsored by CenturyLink, Origin Bank and the City of Monroe. Complimentary cookies are provided by Mulhearn Corporation. Lemonade and water are provided by First Baptist Church of Monroe, which is also the rain plan venue. For the entire Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series lineup, click here.

Spring Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series Lineup Announced

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Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series – Rod Payne & Lisa Spann

Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana continues off its FREE Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series with live music from Rod Payne and Lisa Spann on April 18. Everyone is welcome to come out at noon every Wednesday in April at Anna Gray Noe Park. The park is located in downtown Monroe between St. Francis Medical Center and the courthouse.

The series mellows out as Rod Payne and Lisa Spann join the Arts Council at the park. The duo will perform show tunes, old standards, easy listening, and more. These two provide the classic example of how the perfect blend of voice, repertoire, and setting can make for an extraordinary experience. This will be a must-see feature of the series that promises a great way to spend lunch on a beautiful spring midday.

Limited seating is available, and picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. The Cookout Food Truck will be selling food as well. The Arts Council’s Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series is sponsored by CenturyLink, Origin Bank and the City of Monroe. Complimentary cookies are provided by Mulhearn Corporation. Lemonade and water are provided by First Baptist Church of Monroe, which is also the rain plan venue. For the entire Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series lineup, click here.

Spring Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series Lineup Announced

 

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