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2014 FestForAll

A First Look at What's in Store at FestForAll April 5 - 6, 2014!

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will present FestForAll - Baton Rouge's premier art & music festival, April 5 - April 6, 2014!   Join us for a full weekend of art and entertainment along North Boulevard in downtown's Town Square and on the grounds of the Old State Capitol and the Shaw Center for the Arts.  The hours on Saturday, April 5 are 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM and on Sunday, April 6 are 12 noon - 6:00 PM.  FestForAll is free and open to everyone.

FestForAll 2014 will include:

Great music!      
FestForAll 2014 Music Schedule lineup includes:

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Galvez Plaza Stage

12:15 - 1:15 PM  - The Blues Project
1:30 - 2:30 PM    - Big Band Hits by the LSU Jazz Ensemble 
2:45 - 4:00 PM    - River City Rovers
4:15 - 5:30 PM    - Carol Fran & Friends
5:45 - 7:00 PM    - Dash Rip Rock

4th Street Stage

12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Minos The Saint
1:30 - 2:30 PM    - Washboard Rodeo
2:45 - 4:00 PM    - Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe
4:15 - 5:30 PM    - T Bird & The Breaks 
5:45 - 7:00 PM    - David Oakleaf  and the Open Road

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Galvez Plaza Stage

12:00 - 1:00 PM   - The Rakers 
1:15 - 2:15 PM     - Ceasar Brothers’ Funk Box
2:30 - 4:30 PM     - Rusty Yates – Special Sunday in the Park Performance
4:45 - 6:00 PM     - John Gray's Soul JukeBoxx 

4th Street Stage

12:30 - 1:30 PM  - Rue De Funk 
1:45 - 3:00 PM    - Denton Hatcher 
3:15  - 4:30 PM   - N’Fungola Sibo Dance & Drum Co.
4:45 - 6:00 PM    - Souled Out   


The Blues Project (Blues)
The Blues Project is a band comprised of 14 students of Baton Rouge Music Studios, a local contemporary music school and favorite at FestForAll. The project's mission started out as a plan by director, Doug Gay to bring young musicians closer to the blues roots of rock n’ roll. The mission has since expanded to help young musicians become aware of the great music Louisiana artists present to the world. The musicians are learning songs from many Louisiana artists including Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, The Funky Meters, Chubby Carrier, Waylon Thibodeaux, Johnny Sansone and many more. Don't miss the Blues Project as they kick off FestForAll, Saturday, April 5 at 12:15 PM on the Galvez Plaza Stage!
Big Band Hits by the LSU Jazz Ensemble  (Big Band/Jazz)
The LSU Jazz Ensemble was formed in 1980 to promote the mainstream and contemporary big-band jazz idiom and is the premier jazz student group on campus. Over the years, the band has performed with such jazz luminaries as Wayne Bergeron, Wycliffe Gordon, Rufus Reid, and Bobby Shew.  The LSU Jazz Ensemble is currently under the direction of Dr. Brian Shaw.  The Arts Council is proud to present this talented group of musicians at FestForAll!

River City Rovers (Folk Rock)
The River City Rovers are a local super group of singer/songwriters. Ryan Harris, Denton Hatcher, Clay Parker, Eric Schmitt, Ryan Farris, and Ben Bell. Each of these singer/songwriters is locally and regionally renowned in their own right and display expert musicianship. They formed to play original music together and create a full, folksy sound celebrating each other’s tunes as well as timeless classics. Join the River City Rovers on Saturday, April 5 at 2:45 on the Galvez Plaza Stage at FestForAll.
Carol Fran & Friends (Swamp Blues Singer & Pianist)
The Arts Council is proud to present Carol Fran and Friends. Carol's distinct voice and piano-playing style mark her celebrated blues career that spans more than six decades. A native of Lafayette, LA, Carol Fran performs in English and her native Creole French language.  She began performing in the late 1940s in New Orleans and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe with artists including Jimmy Reed, Lee Dorsey, Joe Tex, and Ray Charles.  She has been the recipient of a number of awards including the 2012 Slim Harpo Blues Award for Blues Legend of the Year and the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship. 

Dash Rip Rock (High-Octane New Orleans Roots Rock)
Dash Rip Rock is a New Orleans roots rock trio, long celebrated for tight musicianship and high-energy live shows. Their cross-genre fan base includes aficionados of rock, roots-rock and Americana as well as rockabilly, country, and punk fans. The New York Times says Dash Rip Rock combines “fluency in American roots music with a robust dose of punk-rock spirit.”  SPIN Magazine praises Dash Rip Rock as “undeniably the South’s greatest rock band” and we are excited to have them play at FestForAll. Creative Loafing writes that their sound is “…supercharged with energy and an overdose of irreverence, delivered with crunchy swagger.” In 2012 Dash Rip Rock was honored by being inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Minos The Saint (Folk)
Minos the Saint brings something new to the table and continually refreshes the musical conversation. Their eclectic, chamber folk sound stretches the boundary of any genre and invites emotional connection through authentic, intentionally developed song writing. Dig Magazine calls their World Folk sound, “a swirl of Eastern European Folk, Cajun, Latin, a tinge of classical…all focusing over a soulful singer-songwriter, Peter Simon. A quartet of well-established Louisiana musicians: violinist Joel Willson, percussionist Micah Blouin, guitarist Peter Simon and Ben Herrington on accordion, trombone and piano - Minos the Saint comes out much more grand than its individual parts.”  But those individual parts shine like the polished, yet improvisational Louisiana Jazz musicians that influenced all of them. Herrington moves brilliantly and seamlessly from trombone, accordion and piano while Willson blends his violin effortlessly with Simon’s lyrics. Blouin holds the rhythm of the conversation as they all build together an accessible sound that builds and thoroughly entertains the listener.  Join us at the 4th Street Stage on Saturday, April 5 at 12:00 Noon to hear Minos The Saint perform at FestForAll.

Washboard Rodeo (Western Swing)
Washboard Rodeo is a project of New Orleans blues icon, Washboard Chaz Leary, featuring an all-star cast of New Orleans’ best musicians playing Western Swing!  Washboard Rodeo covers a repertoire of Swing greats like Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Spade Cooley and Cliff Bruner.  Washboard, fiddle, mandolin, snare drum, guitar and acoustic bass combine in this style of “cowboy jazz” that originated in the 1930s & ‘40s. Come swing with Washboard Rodeo at FestForAll.
Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe (Cajun/Zydeco)
The Arts Council is excited to present Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krew at FestForAll on Saturday, April 5. Dikki Du (Troy Carrier), from Church Point, Louisiana, discovered his love for zydeco music at an early age. He played with his father, Roy, before he joined C.J. Chenier.  Two years later, he joined his brother, Chubby Carrier in a family band before forming his own Zydeco Krewe.  Dikki Du has incorporated his musical heritage with his own unique experience to create one of the most innovative zydeco groups around. He takes songs from classic zydeco and turns them inside out with fresh and funky renditions, taking them to the next level.  Dikki Du’s intense accordion action coupled with melodic vocals leads the band to create hard driving, relentless, and funky polyrhythmic grooves.

T Bird & The Breaks (Funk/Soul)
T Bird and the Breaks is a big, funky band with horns, singers, a fire-in-the-hole rhythm section, and a gravel-voiced front man … all-hailing from Austin, TX.  They play a style of dance music that has its most basic and obvious roots in the Funk and Soul music of the late 1960's and early 1970's. It'll get you dancing in front of the 4th Street Stage on Saturday, April 5 at FestForAll. It'll make you sweat. It'll make you smile.  Not just throwback retro but a melting pot of funk that people of all ages, and across musical genres, can dig.  

David Oakleaf and the Open Road (Country)
David Oakleaf started singing and playing guitar at the age of 11 in the local Opry House of Howard, Kansas. David, a former ranch hand and cowboy, first became famous with country fans in 2007 when he was shone on CMT’s “Can You Duet” TV program, earning a Top 5 finish. David Oakleaf and his band, The Open Road, are now regularly featured at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon in the heart of Music City.  In addition to live performances at venues throughout Nashville, the South and the Midwest, Oakleaf and his band have recently appeared on television’s A&E network.  And they’ve shared the stage with acts such as Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Pat Green and John Michael Montgomery. You don’t want to miss this adrenaline-stoked cowboy perform at FestForAll – his high-energy performances are crowd-pleasing fun!

The Rakers  (Folk Rock)
The Rakers started out as classmates in David Hinson’s Adult Music Club, with the individual members doing the most rock ‘n’ roll thing ever: taking a class on how to become a band. It was a fortysomething approach to living the dream of twentysomethings.  The members of the group include: Jamye St. Romain, drums, vocals; Lance Porter, lead guitar, vocals, drums; Alex V. Cook, rhythm guitar, vocals, mandolin; Lewis Roussel, bass, guitar, drums; and Leon LeJeune, guitar, bass. When the five members solidified into the Rakers, it opened a torrent of creativity. St. Romain, Cook and Porter all immediately began and continue to write songs drawn from a lifetime of listening to great music. One day in class, Hinson challenged them to come up with an idea for their band, and within minutes they had “the thinking man’s drinking band.”  The Rakers’ sound is raucous mix of grown folks’ music – rock, country, soul and even some jazz – like the tapes your cool aunt and uncle had in their van – largely because they are those cool aunts and uncles. The Rakers’ subjects range from car wrecks to heartbreak to, well, heartbreaking car wrecks. There are a lot of car wrecks in their songs, actually, but everyone eventually walks away, if not wiser, with a sense of humor. All grown folks know there is no point in telling a story if it doesn’t rock. They rock. Don't miss their debut performance at FestForAll on Sunday, April 6 at 12:00 Noon on the Galvez Plaza Stage.  

The Caesar Brothers’ Funk Box (Funk)
Join us at FestForAll to party Nawlin's style with the Caesar Brothers' Funk Box. New Orleans sons, Norman and Rickey Caesar, are products of a long musical legacy, the undisputed keepers of the uptown funk. The Caesar Brothers have toured and recorded with an extensive group of world class musicians, including: The Neville Brothers, George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic, Maze, Franky Beverly, The Meters, Tina Marie, and more. The Caesar Brother’s Funk Box is a last all night, get out your seat and shake you rump, funky, rhythmic, buckjumping, Mardi Gras Indian respecting, hip hop referencing, make you want to hallelujah shouting, tight musical mélange of impeccably performed party music.

Rusty Yates – Presented by the Arts Council and 225 Magazine (Soulful Blues)
Special Sunday in the Park Season Kick-Off at FestForAll!
Baton Rouge pianist, Rusty Yates fronts a 7-piece band of seasoned performers playing the style of music that influenced him while growing up in Louisiana.  Rusty has his own sound, but his performances bring to mind the best of Delbert McClinton, the vocals of BB King, and a touch of old school Ray Charles.  Rusty and his band have played music venues throughout North America and are considered by many to be one of the premier acts in the country, continuing a sound that links both past and present.

John Gray's SOUL JUKEBOXX  (Funk/Soul/ R&B)
SOUL JUKEBOXX brings fresh creativity to the Old School R&B, Neo-Soul, and Fusion Jazz genres. The group consists of Esco McCollum on keys and vocals, Greg Darville on bass, TaRon Lockett on drums, and John Gray on trumpet. These cats hail from Baton Rouge, St. Louis, and Dallas.... aaaand they come from the hottest bands to ever come out of Baton Rouge. I’m talkin’ bout The Michael Foster Project, The Juke Joint Band, Phat Hat, One Night Stand & Jive Train. These cats cut through Classic cover songs like a hot knife on butter, putting a new twist on all songs that they serve up. These cats are FestForAll favorites and you don't want to miss their performance on the Galvez Plaza Stage at FestForAll on Sunday, April 6 at 4:45 PM!  

Rue De Funk (Funk)
Rue de Funk, headed up by Bobby Campo on trumpet and flugelhorn, puts together some of the very best players from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, including Mike Esneault at the piano, Jonathan Grimes on drums, Dave Hinson, bass, Clarence Johnson, tenor sax, Khari Lee on alto sax, Jim Odom, guitar, and vocals by special guest, Big Luther Kent. Come funk out with Rue De Funk at FestForAll!

Denton Hatcher (Americana)
The Arts Council is proud to present Americana musician, Denton Hatcher at FestForAll.  Living in between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Hatcher is one of the South’s budding singer-songwriters. Hatcher's music is familiar but diverse, much like the musicians who hail from his hometown of Vicksburg, MS., including Tommy Bishop, Willie Dixon, and George McConnell. If a man’s musical taste reads something like a journal, then Hatcher’s influences have helped cultivate an eclectic yet deeply personal sound. From Otis Redding to Hank Williams to Warren Smith (Hatcher’s cousin who played on Sun Records), Hatcher draws inspiration from many styles, but his music stands together like a strong foundation, one that quickly reaches the audience, opens their eyes a little wider, and gets their toes tapping. His music is simple but clever, wounded yet strong, which he holds together with the honest joy of a powerful guitar riff and strong rhythm.

N’Fungola Sibo Dance & Drum Co. (African Dance)
N'Fungola Sibo celebrates African culture through traditional West African dance & drum performances. These talented performing artists promote positive energy, character and ethnicity, using African song, drum, dance, and folklore. Don't miss N'Fungola Sibo Dance & Drum Co. perform on the 4th Street Stage, Sunday, April 6.      

Souled Out (Pop/Dance/Funk)
Souled Out is a twelve piece party band based in south Louisiana specializing in dance, fun, and funk music. Souled Out’s repertoire offers the best of Motown, Top 40/Pop, Classic Rock, Oldies and Variety songs. Souled Out and their members have opened for, or performed with: Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, The Temptations, The Supremes, Frankie Avalon, Leslie Gore, The Grass Roots, Leon Russell, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall, The Drifters, Wayne Newton, and many others. These high-energy musicians will have you on your feet dancing at FestForAll and partying until the last note.

Great shopping with 100 visual artists from over a dozen states! 
Shop for pottery, woodwork, stained glass, jewelry, and much more from award winning artists! The Arts Council will award prizes for Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Achievement and Awards of Merit to visual artists at FestForAll.  Shop with the FestForAll visual artists and enter to win some fabulous FestForAll shopping prizes!

FestForAll Children's Village
FestForAll's Children's Village is coordinated by the Junior League of Baton Rouge and will feature hands-on art activities. We encourage young people and families to get creative while enjoying musicians, puppeteers, storytellers, jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, and watch fun and entertaining stage performances on the Children's Village Stage.  FestForAll's Children's Village will take place on the grounds of Louisiana's Old State Capitol. All of these fun activities are free!

FestForAll 2014 Children's Village Activities include:

  • Face Painting
  • Junior League - Hands on Art Activities
  • Cartoon Caricatures - Keith Douglas
  • Baton Rouge Music Studios - Music Lessons
  • Mini Art Lessons 
PLUS: Enjoy Balloon Twister, Carnival Games, & more!

Also this year!

Get a Kick Out of Art
Visit Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the Baton Rouge Soccer Association, US Youth Soccer, and the Louisiana Soccer Association in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge present “Get a Kick Out of Art.” Area artists will paint Louisiana and soccer inspired themes on 25 soccer balls that will be debuted at FestForAll before being displayed at area restaurants. This project is in support of the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships at BREC’s Burbank Soccer Complex from June 19-26, 2014. The artful soccer balls will be installed in local restaurants throughout the Baton Rouge area. Following the display period the soccer balls will be raffled off. Patrons dining in the restaurants have the opportunity to register for the raffle and 20 lucky participants will take home a unique souvenir from the 2014 US Region III Championships. Join us for a media kick-off on Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 PM on the upper grounds of the Old State Capitol to see the finished soccer balls unveiled.


Bike Baton Rouge
Take a tour of public art in downtown Baton Rouge and surrounding neighborhoods Sunday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. The Velo des Artes Bicycle ride is coordinated by Bike Baton Rouge. It's a short and easy ride. The ride starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Louisiana State Museum, 4th St. at Spanish Town Rd.  Also learn about bike safety and etiquette from the Capital Region Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Campaign. Conveniently park your bicycle at the Bike Baton Rouge bicycle corral throughout FestForAll weekend. www.bikebr.org
Free First Sunday on April 6
While you are downtown for FestForAll don’t forget Free First Sunday! Free admission to the LSU Museum of Art, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, and the USS Kidd make downtown Baton Rouge the place to be every first Sunday of the month. First Sundays are a great opportunity to discover a wide variety of unique treasure – including rotating fine art exhibitions, hands-on children’s galleries, and more! Plus, on every first Sunday of the month the Louisiana Art & Science Museum also offers reduced admission to planetarium shows.  While visiting FestForAll on Sunday, April 6 head on over to the LASM Soupçon Gallery to see the “Red Stick Piece.”

The Red Stick Piece: An Installation by Jonathan Brilliant at LASM
Jonathan Brilliant stacks, arranges, and carefully weaves nearly 50,000 individual coffee stir sticks into monumental site-specific installations that are held together by sheer tension. Through a creative partnership between the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, LASM and the LSU School of Art, Brilliant’s newest installation The Red Stick Piece, LASM visitors can watch live from March 24 to April 2 as he stacks, arranges, and carefully weaves nearly 50,000 individual coffee stir sticks that are held together by sheer tension. From April 3 to June 29, this original, twisting, and intricately woven installation can be viewed in its completed form. 
Jonathan Brilliant's artist residency was developed by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, with support from the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and Baton Rouge Community College.  The exhibition is made possible thanks to generous support from Matt and Catherine Saurage and Ritter Maher Architects.

Films at the Manship Theatre
On Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 PM the Films at Manship Theatre will feature Paintings “Le Tableau”  is a newly released French animated children's film with English subtitles. This film is about three characters from an unfinished painting who go looking for the artist who painted them, finding clues and secrets about the mysterious artist along the way. Paintings "Le Tableau"  is presented by the Alliance Française de la Nouvelle Orléans. 

On Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 PM the Films at Manship Theatre will also feature A.K.A. Doc Pomus. This film tells the story of Jerome Felder, aka Doc Pomus, who was paralyzed with polio as a child, but became one of the biggest early rock and roll icons. This documentary brings to life Doc's joyous, heartbreaking, romantic, and extraordinarily eventful journey.  This screening will be a partnership with LSU Museum of Art.  Movie ticket-holders will get free admission to the museum for their Visual Blues exhibit taking place March 8, 2014 - July 13, 2014. The Visual Blues highlights the melodic influences of blues and jazz music, dance, travel, and social clubs upon the brushstrokes of Harlem Renaissance artists. This exhibition presents the innovative contributions of some of the most celebrated artists of the early twentieth century, and expresses the lasting effects of their artistic achievements.

Art Demonstrations!
Visitors to the festival will see art in action with demos in wheel throwing and hand-building techniques.  Watch how all pottery begins as raw malleable earthen clay and with the right touch and technique is transformed into functional or sculptural objects for use or display.  

Community School for the Arts Instructor, Anita LeJeune - Live Painting
Pick up a paintbrush and be inspired to join in the fun. Community School instructor Anita LeJune will guide festivalgoers in creating a one-of-a-kind work of art at FestForAll. Be sure to stop by and make your mark!  The finished paintings will be included as one of FestForAll shopping prizes.

Elise Duran - Hula Hoop Circus Performances
Don't miss these performances by aerialist, circus performer and hula hoop spinner Elise Duran. She has worked as a flying trapeze trainer and performer at Wyndham Resorts in the Bahamas and performed aerial acts with Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers Circus and Loomis Brothers Circus. Performances will take place Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Burt Fleming - Chainsaw Wood Sculpture
Festival attendees will enjoy Burt's quick wit and personable style as he takes a blank log and turns it into a work of art. Owls, eagles, bears, alligators - Burt can find all these and more inside logs and pieces of wood and all in an hour or less while you watch.  Much like Michelangelo freed his subjects from marble, Burt frees woodland creatures from tree logs.   

Great Food and Beverages
Mockler Beverage and Baton Rouge Coca-Cola beverages will be for sale as well as a variety of delicious food from our participating food vendors including: Snow-T-Go, Jambalaya by Shake, Gabriel's Cajun Concessions, Texas Custom Catering, Crazy Cajun, Chicken Shack Express, Pretzles on Wheels, Snow Day, and more!  

The Arts Council is proud to present FestForAll, a showcase of all the great things that are going on in Baton Rouge. It is a chance for families to come downtown and eat, play, dance and shop. Children and adults can experience visual arts, music, and dance in a wonderful festival atmosphere. FestForAll celebrates the creative energy of our great community.
FestForAll is a program of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and has been a Baton Rouge tradition since 1974 and is free & open to everyone. FestForAll has a distinguished 30+year history garnering a reputation as one of Louisiana's finest art and music festivals.