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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.

Fall 2019 details are here!


Time: 2-5pm

Where: Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza

How Much: Free!

October 6 - After8

  • Are you ready for an experience like no other? Look no further than After 8 - the only band guaranteed to provide the perfect blend of music to keep your wedding party movin’ and groovin’! After 8 has spent the last 10 years creating memories with newlyweds and their closest family and friends. They’ve got the hits for everyone, from Motown standards to classic rock anthems to the energetic dance numbers of Bruno Mars and today’s biggest stars. They will guarantee that you and your “Brown Eyed Girl” will get “Footloose” on the dance floor “All Night Long!” With their dynamic singers, a grooving rhythm section, and a blazing horn trio, After 8 is the only band certain to make your night one to remember!

October 13 - Denton Hatcher/ Ben Bell

  • Denton Hatcher/ singer-songwriter & producer. Hatcher's music is familiar but diverse, from the many influences that have helped him cultivate an eclectic yet deeply personal sound. He 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. Hatcher has also taken up the helm of recording/engineering for himself and other artist's. Hatcher is also playing in a duo with Molly Taylor and is a regular player in psych-rock band Killer Whale from San Francisco.

    Ben Bell - A man of much experience, some learning, and a deep devotion to the craft of folk singing, guitar playing, and songwriting. Bell aspires to be both a musician's musician and “diggable” to men and women of all ages. After years of exploring roots music, literature, philosophy, and the broken road of life, he is finally becoming the type of songwriter, performer, and person he has always aspired to be. A lot of vintage music, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, much classic country and button-down folk, part trad jazz and skiffle, part indie-rock and 70's light rock, Beatles, Bob Dylan, and acoustic Neil Young, and largely inspired by the performance of that American Master, Willie Nelson, Bell can pick and croon to you while you either sip your lemonade on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or sip whisky with your loved one by firelight and, honestly, keep you entertained.

October 20 - Chubby Carrier

  • Chubby Carrier has recorded ten CDs over the past 22 years of Chubby's professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. Chubby and the band travel 150-175 days a year, taking his act to big festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Chicago Blues Fest. Summerfest (Milwaukee), Memphis in May, and several festivals in Europe. Chubby has also done guest appearances on recordings for Tab Benoit, 6Was9, and Jimmy Thackery. Ann Wilson of the group Heart encourages Chubby to "continue the great sound that you have. This sound will take you places."

October 27 - Herman Jackson

  • Baton Rouge Drummer and 2019 Alvin Batiste Hall of Distinction Award Winner, Jackson has performed and/or recorded with Clark Terry (formerly of the Tonight Show Band and the Count Basie Big Band), Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderly, Red Norvo, Al Green, Ronnie Foster, Henry Butler, Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Joe Tex, Johnnie Adams, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, B. B. King, Joe Sample, Kent Jordan, Weldon Felder, David T. Walker, Stanley Clark, Willie Nelson, Branford Marsalis, Professor Longhair, Rufus Reid, Chuck Berry, Marlena Shaw, Kate Webster, Eartha Kitt, Mark Whitfield, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News, Dave Holand, Nancy Wilson, Percy Sledge, Wynton Marsalis, and many others. This concert will feature some very special guests.

November 3 - Dysfunktional Bone

  • In August 2012, a new sound emerged from New Orleans, La, known as Dysfunktional Bone. Since then, Dysfunktional Bone has been playing frequently on Frenchmen St. and across southern Louisiana, wowing audiences with their high energy set. Blending a powerful horn-heavy frontline with a rocking rhythm section, Dysfunktional Bone combines Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, the J.B. Horns, original Nola funk, and much more into one action packed set.

November 10 - Mike Zito

  • There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’ comes out May 11 on Ruf Records. The rocking yet poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition; he is a three-time Blues Music Award Winner, taking home the 2018 Rock Blues Artist of the Year. “Second chance at a first class life,” he sings, recalling the hard times. The Texas-based musician smiles and continues, “I grew up poor in St. Louis, and now I'm travelling the world to sing my songs.”