Looking for something to do this fall? Grab your dancing shoes and head downtown for Sunday in the Park, a free outdoor concert held this fall at the Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza. Every Sunday in October and two Sundays in November, celebrate our community and enjoy music from across Louisiana in a fun, family-friendly environment.
WHEN: EVERY SUNDAY IN OCTOBER AND TWO SUNDAYS IN NOVEMBER FROM 2-5 PM
WHERE: SHAW CENTER FOR THE ARTS PLAZA
HOW MUCH: FREE!
Sunday, October 7, 2018
The legacy started with legendary Creole musician Amedee’ Ardoin, the first Louisiana Cajun or Creole accordionist to record; followed by Bois Sec Ardoin, one of the best-known practitioners of the state’s rural Creole sound for six decades, to Sean’s father, Lawrence “Black” Ardoin and the Ardoin Brothers, then to Sean. He co-lead the critically-acclaimed Zydeco outfit Double Clutchin’ for 10 years, then started Sean Ardoin + Zydekool’s in 1999.
Sean represents both the rural roots and progressive future of Louisiana’s Creole-Zydeco sound like no other artist. He’s truly one of Zydeco’s “triple threats.” He’s a rare combination of tradition, talent, and creativity. He also works hard to keep the tradition alive with his supergroup Creole United and founded the Creole Hall of Fame in order to recognize the Creole contribution.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
At just 32 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton’s cutting-edge sound—equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions—is all his own.
He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent. Born into a family of church musicians and vocalists on July 11, 1984 in Clinton, Mississippi, Jarekus Singleton was immersed in gospel music as a child. Taught by his uncle, Jarekus began playing bass guitar at age nine in his grandfather’s church band. He later switched to lead guitar and began to sharpen his instrumental and vocal skills, falling in love with the music of all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie) as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan, rappers Twista and Jay-Z, and even country artist Brad Paisley.
Kenny Fife & The Bac Trac Band
Sunday, October 21, 2018
The Bac Trac Band has been in existence for 38 years and is based out of Gonzales, Louisiana. Although there have been several member changes, The Bac Trac Band has been entertaining dancing crowds for that many years and categorizes its music as Swamp Pop or South Louisiana Music, basically Rhythm and Blues, 50’s and Old Rock and Roll.
The members of the band received Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and were named Swamp Pop Band of the Year in 2001 at the South Louisiana Music Association Award Shows. The band also received a special tribute from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fun Fest for donating their time every year since it’s inception.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Hai Karate is a 10-piece horn band specializing in 70s groove oriented horn-driven music. Their dynamic set includes music by Tower of Power, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, Ohio Players, Average White Band, Kool & The Gang, The Isley Brothers, HAI KARATE ORIGINALS and much more. Hai Karate frequently plays club and festival engagements and is known throughout the area as a high energy 70s horn band.
Minos The Saint
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Based out of Baton Rouge, and music school nerds at heart, the band is equally inspired by the sounds of Louisiana as it is by the symphony. The band mixes violin, trombone, and French horn with accordion, singer-songwriter vibes, and the occasional second-line. Since the band began playing in 2013, it has shared bills with Phosphorescent, Wild Child, Brass Bed, Cardinal Sons, The Brad Walker Quintet, Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, Mississippi Rail Co., Belle Adair, The Mercy Brothers, Rareluth, and others. With versatility in size and instrumentation, the band conforms to intimate listening rooms as well as large venues and festivals.
Support the arts, grab a seat or cut a rug with family and friends in the park this fall. Enjoy children's activities such as face painting and balloon art. Get to know your neighbors, celebrate community all while listening to music from around the state. Most importantly, enjoy YOUR Louisiana Weekend.
Photos courtesy the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.