By Matt Starlight
Starting next month, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is bringing back their run of free outdoor concerts, the Sunday in the Park Concerts, just in time for the fall season at North Boulevard’s Town Square at the New Galvez Stage. Last year, the shows were met with plenty of successes as attendance was higher than expected. To capitalize on their previous success, they’ve once again tapped local musicians whose tunes embody that Louisiana spirit to bring the crowds.
October 4th – Delta Drifters
Harking back to that backwater blues rock that inspired so many of the area’s rock outfits, the Delta Drifters music is a loud, rambunctious take on what the likes of Creedence and B.B. King started. Harmonica solos are a regular fixture for the band as they set out on their holy mission to get the crowd away from themselves and into the music. Fans of the likes of Seasick Steve, R.L. Burnside, or The Allman Brothers will feel right at home with this local, backwater band.
October 11 – Brass-a-holics
New Orleans party jammers the Brass-a-holics have a sound as distinguishable as any Nola-based crew around. Their funky blend of high stakes trumpet, saxophone, and trombone mixed with shredding guitar and pounding drums are better than red beans and rice. They’re fresh off a massively successful Jazz Fest set and primed to make a big name for themselves in the coming months. This is an up-and-coming Nola group carrying the torch of the likes of Dumpstaphunk and the Soul Rebels, so this free outdoor show is a can’t miss opportunity.
October 18 – Sean Ardoin + Zydekool
As a member of one of the most revered family in the zydeco sphere, Sean Ardoin is at the forefront of this historic brand of Cajun music. His ancestor, Amedeé Ardoin, is the first known Cajun accordionist on record, so Sean’s got shoes to fill when he takes the stage. It doesn’t seem to be a problem, though. Sean rocks the accordion hard, taking what is a classical niche genre and making it accessible to the masses, and he’s been doing it since the late 90s. It’s smooth R&B with that unmistakable Cajun flair that makes you hop out of your chair. This duo’s got the experience and style that only seasoned veterans with music in their blood can bring to the stage.
October 25 – Lindsey Cardinale Band
Her stock photo may make her look like a flower child of a long forgotten hippie era, but rest assured the Lindsey Cardinale Band brings plenty of energy to their live performances. The former American Idol contestant has been known to cover the likes of Carrie Underwood, Aerosmith and Patty Loveless, but is sure to bring more than just a few of her original tracks to her Sunday in the Park show. They play music from all over the spectrum, so fans of rock, country, R&B, and pop are sure to enjoy what this Louisiana band brings to the table.
November 1 – Rusty Yates Band
Baton Rouge native Rusty Yates and his band have been performing their own “Ray Charles meets Delbert McClinton” brand of tunes for years and are now backing their 2014 record Passion. The Rusty Yates Band is in line for a tour that will take them throughout the Bayou State, bringing that smooth, soul-filled Louisiana music to their loyal fans. Yates jams on the keyboard and leads the vocals while his impressive bandmates man the brass section that the Cajun community just can’t seem to get enough of. His music is fast and slow, up-tempo and somber, but always fun and sure to be a good time in the cool autumn weather.
November 8 – After 8
One of Louisiana’s premiere wedding and event bands, After 8 is renowned for their ability to get the crowd on their feet with hits and deep tracks alike. Their Cajun spin on classic tracks makes for an entertaining, fun show that everyone can enjoy. A live show in a public square from After 8 is a rare treat, so don’t miss out on the action here to wrap up the series.
Tickets are not available because the events are free and open to the public, so be sure to check out some of the state’s finest musical acts in your own backyard this fall.