By Tara Bennett
The third annual Ogden Park Prowl is on the horizon this weekend, bringing “the best eight blocks in Baton Rouge.” Over 20 volunteers will turn their quiet Mid City neighborhood into a bumping art crawl featuring numerous artists as well as live entertainment.
The Prowl was originally conceived by the Ogden Park Civic Association, who partnered with local art collective, Elevator Projects, with the goal of creating a community arts festival around the Ogden Park area located in the Mid-City Arts District. The Prowl spans from Government Street to North Boulevard, and from the Acadian Thruway into Ogden Drive.
“It was neighbors showing neighbors what they are and what they do, and has morphed into what it is now,” said Lauren Lambert-Tompkins, President of the Ogden Park Civic Association. “[The organizers] were just kind of hanging out one night and came up with an idea of a way to show off their local talent.”
The event was met with great success and has now become an annual tradition where people in the neighborhood set up shop in their homes and on their front lawns with droves of people walking up and down the streets, enjoying the art crawl.
“I think it’s a really great opportunity to show off all of the talent we have in the area and to really show that our neighborhood and Mid City in general are really committed to the artists and all of the great cool things we have going on in the area,” said Lambert-Tompkins.
The event is sponsored by several local businesses including Radio Bar, Atomic Pop Shop, Bricks and Bombs, Time Warp, Brew Ha-Ha, Mid City Bikes, Mod Salon, The Walls Project, Tricky Seal, Gaudot Bros., Salon Eden, Capitol City Crawfish, Slow Food Baton Rouge, Model Block, My BR Lawyer.com, Mestizo, and Mid City Redevelopment.
“It has been absolutely incredible the amount of support we have gotten from all of these local businesses, especially from the Mid City businesses who are so excited to participate in this festival,” said Lambert-Tompkins. “I think it really shows how well we band together to put on a fun event just because.”
Six stages will be filling the streets with sweet, sweet tunes as well as spoken word performances this year. Official performances include Minos the Saint, Ship of Fools, The Rakers, The Brandon Adams Blues Jam, Dolo Jazz Suite: AF THE NAYSAYER, Froyo Ma, David D’Angelo, Denton Hatcher, Ryan Harris, Benjamin Moore, Less Talking, Mrs. Dorothy & Her Traveling Shaky Egg Band, Soul Eclectic, BRMHS Jazz Ensemble, Hannah Bourgeois and Manny Bailey.
Food trucks will also be participating in the Prowl for the first time. To whet patrons’ appetites, the Prowl will have Pullin’ Pork, CC’s Streetside Café, Mestizo, Louisiana Lemonade, City Gelato, Supper Solutions, City Pork, Chicken Shack, POPculture POPS, Pit N Peel, Fleur delicious and Modern Meals.
More than 150 artists will be involved in this year’s Prowl, spanning the immediate area as well as other locations in Baton Rouge. New to this year will be a car show, which will highlight antique and electric vehicles. Some of the things people can take home with them range from traditional art such as paintings and ceramics and also crafts such as fabric, jewelry and woodworks.
“The artists are very appreciative of such a cool space to show off their work,” said Lambert-Tompkins.
The Prowl kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1-6 p.m. and is open to the general public.
“I’m really excited to have outsiders come into our neighborhood and meet our crazy, fun elceltic neighbors and get an idea of what Ogden Park is, we’re a really close knit group of neighbors who just like to have fun and support our local artists, local businesses and Mid City,” said Lambert-Tompkins.
Parking will be available at Baton Rouge High, Westmoreland shopping center and neighborhood parking lots off Government Street.
Visit ogdenparkprowl.org for more information.