Dig Baton Rouge

The Stage Awaits

By Tara Bennett


If last week’s Art Guide wasn’t enough to satisfy your tastes for the arts and culture scene in Baton Rouge, fear not, DIG is keeping it coming with even more announcements from art organizations in the area. This week focuses on the Manship Theatre, a staple in all things artistic in the capital city, and as expected their season is jam packed.

“Manship Theatre’s 2015-16 Season is very exciting—an eclectic array of world-class artists, and quality community events,” said Executive Director Renee Chatelain. “There is something exciting for everyone, almost every night of the week.”


September 24

The Mavericks

From their earliest shows as a garage band playing the punk clubs on Miami Beach, The Mavericks have had a skill for getting people to groove. This band plays everything from neo-traditional country to Latin rock stirred into their songs. After a 10-year hiatus, they’ve re-introduced music lovers to their genre-defying melting pot of pop music.


October 11

Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne

One’s a little bit gospel; the other’s a little bit rock ‘n roll. Grammy Award-winning legend Mavis Staples teams up with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne on the highly anticipated national tour, “Solid Soul.” Backed by Staples’ band, the two singers will take the deliver a master class in song both individually and together


October 16

Swinging Cowboys: Tribute to Great Songs of the West with Jason Petty

Jason Petty’s newest creation “The Swinging Cowboys” pays tribute to the music of the Great American West, with songs from Stephen Foster to the Singing Cowboys to Western Swing. This authentic set delves into the history of early pioneers who brought popular songs of the day westward with them.


October 28

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Two veteran singer/songwriters join forces for a unique and intimate acoustic performance and deliver one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road.


October 31

ODC Dance

Adventure, a certain irreverence and the joy of moving are key ingredients to the core philosophy of this groundbreaking contemporary arts institution, which is one of the most active centers for dance on the West Coast.


November 1

Thodos Dance Chicago

Renowned choreographers Melissa Thodos and Sybil Shearer bring A Light in the Dark, the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. This one-act story ballet focuses on Helen Keller, the extraordinary woman who was deaf and blind, yet went on to become a world-famous writer, political activist, and inspiration to all.


November 10

Paquito D’Rivera

Winner of 13 Grammy Awards, Paquito D’Rivera is a groundbreaking crossover artist who merges jazz and Latin music. He is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.


December 7


Four distinct voices gather around a single microphone with this indie band from Massachusetts. Darlingside has no frontman. Instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.


December 12

BeauSoleil Holiday

Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. With their distinctive sound, they will present a holiday concert jam-packed with unique arrangements of traditional holiday songs.


December 14

George Bell & Friends Holiday Jazz

Join George Bell and friends as they return to the Manship and play a collection of holiday favorites.


December 16 & 17

Hot Jazz Cool Nights with Brian Shaw

Back by popular demand, trumpeter Brian Shaw, pianist Willis Delony and bassist Bill Grimes return for two concerts of holiday favorites with an 18-piece big band.


February 21

Aquila Theatre: Romeo & Juliet

Recognized world-wide as one of theater’s most iconic couples, Romeo and Juliet are the very archetype of tragic young lovers, and The Aquila Theatre will bring its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to this Shakespearean classic.


February 26

Ana Gasteyer Variety Show

SNL vet Ana Gasteyer will sing full-tilt and evoke the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub.


March 3

Red Carpet Gala 2016

Though the headliner has yet to be announced, this night at the Manship is one of the best around, usually billing quality entertainment as well as choice hors d’oeurves and a silent auction.


March 6

Rhonda Vincent

Famously crowned as “The New Queen of Bluegrass,” Vincent’s music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads.


March 9

Savion Glover and Jazz Drummer Jack DeJohnette

The world’s most celebrated tap dancer Savion Glover joins forces with legendary jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette for a one of a kind performance of dance and music.


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