By Ty Simmons
Blues Fest is nearly a month in the past, and Baton Rouge is thirsty for another big event. Luckily, popular music blog Jive Flamingo is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend, and it’s throwing a birthday party to remember.
The inaugural Jive Fest will be held on Sunday at Baton Rouge’s Mud and Water from 2 p.m. to midnight. The lineup is focal on local bands, and local bands only.
There are twelve: Cafe Au Lait, Captain Green, Denton Hatcher, Dolo Jazz Suite, England in 1819, The Hitchhiker, Liam Catchings and the Jolly Racket, The Millburns, Minos the Saint, Speakeasy, Tess Brunet and The Black Orchids, and Towne & Country Portable w/ Adult Music Club.
These bands will play back to back across two stages. Ben Herrington, blogger on the site and member of Minos the Saint, said “the sets are about 40 minutes long … so as one (band) stops, another starts… even if you can’t make the entire day, you can still catch a lot of great music.”
The festival will have the Mobile Muncher food truck, local and live art, record sales, and a raffle. It is free to enter.
Put on with help from Baton Rouge Music Studios, Jive Fest will be a celebration of the city’s local music scene.
“Jive Fest will be a day to showcase and celebrate a few of the many facets of this fantastic community and Baton Rouge’s unique musical identity,” Jessica Orgeron, founder of the website, said.
“We wanted to bring [the bands] all together so that not only could they get to experience each other’s performances and hang out, but that each band’s fans could see a showcase of other local bands,” Herrington said.
Jive Flamingo is no stranger to event organization; they’ve been putting on Jazz Nights at Mud and Water since February. Their efforts this weekend should be efficient and will showcase a wide variety of genres.
From the pop rockability of Liam Catchings and the Jolly Racket to the space jazz breakdown of Captain Green, the chamber folk of Minos the Saint to the synth-washed soundscapes of England in 1819, there will be something for everybody.
For anyone with a groovy mother, this will be a great celebration of this oh-so-important Sunday. For any students, it will be a great way to let off steam after finals.
If it’s successful, Jive Fest may become a mainstay in the Baton Rouge music scene.