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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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Masur Exhibit Closes

“Richard Buswell: Close to Home” is a stunning black and white photography series by Richard Buswell, examining up-close the abandoned artifacts of Montana’s ghost towns and frontier homesteads. This exhibition was organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

“En plein air: The Artist and The Natural World” will look at the ever-influential relationship between art and nature, illustrated with works from the Permanent Collection of the Masur Museum of Art.

Both exhibitions will be on display Nov. 1, 2018 – Feb 9, 2019 and admission is always free!

Bernece Berkman-Hunter, Birds of the Sheltered Bay, 1970, etching. Courtesy of the Masur Museum of Art.

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Celtic Festival Kick-Off with Emerald Accent concert

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana is proud to sponsor the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce’s Fall 2018 Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series. All concerts will be at the Pavilion at Seventh Square, and are free to the public. In this special lagniappe concert, Emerald Accent will kick-off the Celtic Festival on Friday, October 5 from noon to 1 p.m.

The preceding concerts will be Wednesdays in September from noon to 1 p.m. at the Pavilion at Seventh Square. The lineup includes:

September 5 – Josh Love Trio

September 12 – Josh & Early Ray

September 19 – Roses & Revolvers

September 26 – The Bad Monkey Brass Band

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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 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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West Monroe Spring Brown Bag Concert Series

spring 2018 Brown Bag Concerts

The West Monroe – West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce is holding its Spring Brown Bag Concert Series, sponsored in part by the Arts Council, at The Pavillion at Seventh Square this May. All concerts are free and will be on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch, or purchase a $5 lunch from Newk’s while supplies last.

The lineup includes:

May 2 – The Waterboys

May 9 – Paul Amy

May 16 – Wood ‘n Brass

May 23 – The Homegrown Band

May 30 – The Bad Monkey Brass Band

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New Music on the Bayou features international contemporary composers

As New Music on the Bayou has come to an end, it is safe to say that this 3rd Annual Music Festival was a hit! From May 31st through June 2nd, five free concerts, plus one ticketed finale, took place in all different locations throughout our area. Not to mention, every music rehearsal was open to the public. At these concerts, contemporary composers from around the world were able to work with local musicians to showcase their breathtaking new works.

New Music on the Bayou is a non-profit organization with the mission to inspire northeast Louisiana with “fresh ideas of the performing arts” as well as to inspire visiting composers with the “unique nature of our area.” As a music composition student, I was absolutely delighted to attend the concert located in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall at ULM.  From the whirring electronic media to the rich singing of a cello, this concert definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Seven talented composers were featured at this concert, and they all brought their own eclectic style and flair to the stage. One composition that stood out to me was Simple Scenes by Roger Jones. Conveyed through a piano and cello duet, Jones painted an intimate portrait of the beauty of everyday native northern Louisiana scenes that often go unnoticed. This piece definitely opened my eyes to the realization of how indescribably special our area is and how it is like no other.

The Arts Council is proud to support New Music on the Bayou. New Music on the Bayou was funded in part by a decentralized arts funding (DAF) program grant.

If you missed this year’s New Music on the Bayou, no worries! The festival will be back in the summer of 2019. For more information, visit the New Music on the Bayou website at http://newmusiconthebayou.com/.

-Joanna Calhoun

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New Music on the Bayou

New Music on the Bayou brings composers and performers together from all over the world for a series of concerts featuring newly composed music. Concerts are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Strauss on June 2. New Music on the Bayou is funded in part by the Louisiana Division of the Arts’ decentralized arts funding program grant distributed by the Arts Council.

Concerts and composers include:

June 1, 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Monroe

  • Chin Ting Chan – Five Songs of the Von Seggern’s
  • Douglass Hedwig – A Certain Slant of Light
  • Steven Landis – IMPACT
  • Mel Mobley – I saw a man…
  • Gregory Robin – Gestures III
  • Tinayi Wang – Song of Normality

June 1, 7 p.m. at ULM Biedenharn Recital Hall

  • Brett Dietz – hey batter, batter…swing! (IV)
  • Daniel Fawcett – Radiant Cry II
  • Vera Ivanova – Electrostatic Whale
  • Roger Jones – Simple Scenes (I and III)
  • William Toutant – Sonatina
  • Jack Wilds – Sonata Machina
  • Tinayi Wang – “Enemy” of the Masses

June 2, 10 a.m. at Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge

  • Joseph Adams – Agitations
  • David Bridges – Frivolity No. 3
  • Mara Gibson – Map of Rain Hitting Water
  • Mark Lee – IO/F-4
  • Erik Lund – blessed B
  • Andrew Sigler – Citizens Band

FINALE ($20) – June 2, 7 p.m. at Strauss Theatre

  • Emil Ernstrom – Achilles and the Tortoise
  • Jonathan Graybill – Tsigili’i: Black Capped-Chickadee
  • Kyle Lewis – Strangling All That I Love
  • Bradley Robin – Consumption
  • Jessica Rudman – Laws of Entropy
  • Ash Stemke – like a blossom unfolding
  • Ingrid Stozel – The Gorgeous Nothings

For more information, visit the New Music on the Bayou website at http://newmusiconthebayou.com/ or contact the ULM VAPA office at 318-342-3811.

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New Music on the Bayou

New Music on the Bayou brings composers and performers together from all over the world for a series of concerts featuring newly composed music. Concerts are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Strauss on June 2. New Music on the Bayou is funded in part by the Louisiana Division of the Arts’ decentralized arts funding program grant distributed by the Arts Council.

Concerts and composers include:

June 1, 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Monroe

  • Chin Ting Chan – Five Songs of the Von Seggern’s
  • Douglass Hedwig – A Certain Slant of Light
  • Steven Landis – IMPACT
  • Mel Mobley – I saw a man…
  • Gregory Robin – Gestures III
  • Tinayi Wang – Song of Normality

June 1, 7 p.m. at ULM Biedenharn Recital Hall

  • Brett Dietz – hey batter, batter…swing! (IV)
  • Daniel Fawcett – Radiant Cry II
  • Vera Ivanova – Electrostatic Whale
  • Roger Jones – Simple Scenes (I and III)
  • William Toutant – Sonatina
  • Jack Wilds – Sonata Machina
  • Tinayi Wang – “Enemy” of the Masses

June 2, 10 a.m. at Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge

  • Joseph Adams – Agitations
  • David Bridges – Frivolity No. 3
  • Mara Gibson – Map of Rain Hitting Water
  • Mark Lee – IO/F-4
  • Erik Lund – blessed B
  • Andrew Sigler – Citizens Band

FINALE ($20) – June 2, 7 p.m. at Strauss Theatre

  • Emil Ernstrom – Achilles and the Tortoise
  • Jonathan Graybill – Tsigili’i: Black Capped-Chickadee
  • Kyle Lewis – Strangling All That I Love
  • Bradley Robin – Consumption
  • Jessica Rudman – Laws of Entropy
  • Ash Stemke – like a blossom unfolding
  • Ingrid Stozel – The Gorgeous Nothings

For more information, visit the New Music on the Bayou website at http://newmusiconthebayou.com/ or contact the ULM VAPA office at 318-342-3811.

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