Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park is a series of free outdoor concerts held each Fall and Spring in Downtown Baton Rouge at the Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza. This series provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate community and enjoy music from across Louisiana in a fun, family-friendly environment.
Support for the Sunday in the Park Free Concert Series comes from the Office of the Mayor-President, the Baton Rouge Metro Council, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Cox Communications, 225 Magazine, and WRKF 89.3.
Spring 2018 Lineup
When: every Sunday in April and two Sundays in May from 2-5 PM
Where: Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza
How Much: Free!
April 8, 2018
Sonic Bloom is a New Orleans-based R&B/Funk band led by trumpeter and vocalist, Eric Bloom. Since May 2014, Sonic Bloom quickly gained popularity among local New Orleans music fans and musicians alike.
One might attribute their fast rise on the scene due to the all-star cast of musicians Bloom has assembled but more importantly, it is the hi-octane energetic show which they put on every time they get together which makes this band a “must see”.
Sonic Bloom is comprised of Eric “Humph” Vogel on bass (Fred Wesley & Big Sam’s Funky Nation), Andrew “Florida’s Finest” Block on guitar (Gramatik), Alvin “Le Boi” Ford Jr. on drums (Dumpstphunk & Dirty Dozen), Nigel “Brother Numpsay” Hall on keyboards/vocals (John Scofield, Lettuce & Warren Haynes), & Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet/vocals (Pretty Lights, Shady Horns & Lettuce).
April 15, 2018
JST DAVID (“just David”) is a soulful singer-songwriter & musician from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His smooth vocal delivery, thoughtful lyrics and lo-fi elements of soul, blues, jazz, r&b, classical & hip hop combine into a unique, genre-bending sonic experience reminiscent of a time where music was genuine, uplifting and ambitious.
A brief stint in L.A. with multi-platinum songwriter Preston Glass (Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Kenny G, Earth Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole) led to co-signs from music royalty & critics alike, who are just beginning to realize what folks back home knew all along - this young man is a special talent. After selling out debut solo performances in Hollywood in the Fall of 2017, JST DAVID’s growing fanbase in the U.S. and around the world have been anticipating the release of his debut album “SNACKS”, (produced by long-time friend & producer, Jay Kale) and the opportunity to experience his electric live show for themselves. JST DAVID is slated to headline his own 17-city tour throughout the United States and Europe during the Summer of 2018.
Band of Bros
April 22, 2018
Closing out the Singer Songwriter festival weekend, Band of Bros will feature David Borne and other Nashville Singer-Songwriters. Come hear all of your favorite Nashville tunes performed by the very people that wrote them. The Third Street Songwriter’s Festival is an annual event in downtown Baton Rouge featuring local, regional, and national songwriters. The day begins with an industry panel of Nashville professionals representing publishing companies, PROs, and songwriter organizations such as NSAI and is followed by a listening panel. The participating songwriters will be able to perform and have their songs critiqued by the professional panel.
This portion of the event is a great asset for our local aspiring songwriters. The rest of the evening and night is filled with music for the music lover in all of us! It will consist of songwriter rounds in traditional Nashville-style at participating venues along 3rd Street and a hit-writer showcase at the Manship Theatre. All events will feature live, original music and celebrate the songwriters. For a complete list of performers and venues please visit www.thirdstreetsongwritersfestival.com.
Ty Taylor and Kinfolk
April 29, 2018
Ty Taylor and Kinfolk are the fourth group to take the lineup. Hailing from Moss Point, Mississippi, having a father who was a well-known local musician, and two brothers who are excellent musicians in their own right, Ty began to learn from them all at a very early age.
Ty has done several sessions of studio work in Nashville, and is a regular “go to” guy at the well known Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana. The Kinfolk feature musicians from Mississippi and Louisiana that travel regularly around the country.
Ty’s talent as a song writer began to take shape over ten years ago, and his skills are evident in the fact that he co-wrote all the songs on his current album “Living The Wildlife”.
Funkin' with Friends
May 6, 2018
On May 6th, come and enjoy a variety of Pop, R&B, Soul, and Funk as Funkin’ W/ Friends takes the stage. A collaboration with some of the best musicians Baton Rouge has to offer, Funkin’ W/ Friends takes you on a journey through the ages and adds their own twist on all of your favorite tunes. Funkin’ W/ Friends features a three piece horn section, a funky rhythm section, and a DJ, adding some southern flavor to the Funkin’ W/ Friends experience.
May 13, 2018
Bonerama has always been hailed as “unlike anything you’ve ever heard before”. It’s the best way to describe this 20 year old powerhouse touring band from New Orleans, LA. In addition to changing the way people think about the trombone, the sound of Bonerama has become an influence and contribution to the sound of New Orleans music today.
With newer acts such as Trombone Shorty and Big Sam’s Funky Nation on the national music scene, it’s New Orleans that has benefited with a newfound reputation as being a bonafide “Trombone Town”. These bands all carry the trombone like the trophy it truly is in New Orleans. Bonerama helped cement this in present day New Orleans music culture.