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Weekend Events!
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Check out our Weekend Events list to keep tab on what's hot downtown each week! For more info,
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Chris Thomas King @ Manship Theatre
Initially known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop, Chris Thomas King reached a whole new audience starring in and scoring music for the Cohen Brothers film "O Brother,Where Art Thou?" King will be performing at the Manship Theatre on Saturday, August 15, 8PM. Tickets are $20.00.

Also, catch The Road Warrior Friday @ 10PM for $8.00...


Summer Fundraiser - Green Paradise
Baton Rouge Green announces their 60's themed fundraising event "Green Paradise" being held on Friday, August 14, 2009. The event will be held at Avoyelles on the River (333 Third Street) from 6PM - 9PM. "The Bench Bar Boogie Band" will provide entertainment as guests dance the night away to benefit the non-profit environmental tree-planting organization. Prizes will be given for the 60's dance and costume contests. Appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar. Bidding for the silent auction will begin August 1st on Tickets are now available for $25 per person online or from the office at 225-381-0037.

Music by Van Broussard @ Hollywood Casino
Studio 7 (in the Hollywood Casino) presents Van Broussard on Saturday at 9pm. Van Broussard is almost legendary in the Cajun bayou areas of Southern Louisiana for helping forge the way for swamp pop music. At various times, he has performed as a solo act, as half of the team Van & Titus, and more recently with the Bayou Boogie Band. Broussard's long career includes releases for a number of different labels, among them CSP, Red Stick, Rex, and Bayou Boogie. Tickets go for $10 - $12.

22nd Annual United Way Jambalaya Cookoff and Community Games at River Center!
Capital Area United Way will host its 22nd Annual Jambalaya Cook off, sponsored by Dow Chemical Company, on Friday, August 14th, 9:30AM - 1PM. The competition has grown to be one of the largest jambalaya cook offs in the State. This year, over 40 companies will compete for the 2009 top cooking title. Buy your plate lunch today - Pre-purchased plate lunches are available for $5.

The Perseid Meteor Shower: A Live Presentation
Every August, the Perseid Meteor Shower displays some 100 or more meteors, or shooting stars, per hour! Jon Elvert, director of the Pennington Planetarium, explores why the Perseid Meteor Shower is the year's major meteor shower. Wednesday, August 12 @ 7PM

John Lisi & Delta Funk @ Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's !
Stephen Stills once said that the "one thing blues ain't is funny." Obviously Mr. Stills has never sat in on an evening with John Lisi who, along with his band DeltaFUNK, has made a career of turning the pitfalls of everyday life into funky-bluesy-body-shakin' music that just makes a person feel better. Hailed as one of the best guitarists in Louisiana by Offbeat magazine-quite a compliment in a state known for its musicians-John marries his sometimes humorous, sometimes serious lyrics with a guitar that can cry the blues one minute and break out the funk the next. The event takes place Friday at 9PM.

Thursday, August 13th James Napper
Friday, August 14th Ruby Rendrag & Suki Kuehn @ 6 & John Lisi & Delta Funk @ 9
Saturday, August 15th Six String Rodeo


Allison Collins @ Roux House!
The reputation precedes itself. Few groups have dominated the delta region like the Allison Collins Band in past years. Record-breaking crowds, major concert venue sellouts, literally thousands of CD's sold, taken in by artist development programs of three major music industry corporations including MCA and Atlantic Records.... Catch Allison Collins Un-plugged at the Roux House Wednesday at 8PM and the entire band Saturday at 10PM.

Ms. J.J. Johnson at Poor Boy Lloyds
Time for family night out? ...well here's a chance for good food and great music for the entire family. Come out to enjoy the sounds of Ms. J.J Johnson's Native American soul music!

Friday, August 14
7PM - 10PM
205 Florida Street


Wine Walk Wednesday!
Hello Everyone!!! First check out a video of the wine walk. If this doesn't make you want to come out and have fun, what possibly could? We are growing in number every week and will slightly change our walk this week again... read more

Join the Wine Walk Wednesday email list! Send "add me" to the address below.


The 2009 Louisiana Book Festival Call for Volunteers
The Louisiana Book Festival is back for its seventh installment! Louisiana's world-class celebration of readers, writers and their books will return to Baton Rouge from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 17, 2009. They want you to be part of it. Volunteers are essential to the festival's success. If you or your organization is interested in volunteering and would like more information about the festival as well as volunteer opportunities, visit their website at Or, if you've already made up your mind to volunteer, go directly to and select the "I Want To Volunteer" link.


Red Stick Farmer's Market
Team members from Whole Foods in Baton Rouge will ring the opening bell at Red Stick Farmers Market this Saturday and present Red Stick farmers with the 5% Day Recipient check donated to support the outreach programs of the Farmers Market. Host Chef Celeste Gill will welcome chefs from the Louisiana Culinary Institute to the Fresh from the Market cooking show which begins at 10 AM in the North Street seating area inside Main Street Market. The young chefs will feature late summer fruits and vegetables in their recipe selections for the program. Doyle Hanson will be on hand to sharpen garden tools and kitchen cutlery. The Louisiana Dulcimer Society will play in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market and include a variety of folk and acoustical music.


Ready for your close-up, BR?
Tune in to the hot new show Hollywood Presents Downtown, a 30-minute program, which is shot in Hollywood's Studio 7 on the banks of the Mississippi River, where you'll find out the latest from Downtown Baton Rouge. With special guest interviews and details on blockbuster events happening on the riverfront, you'll be ready for all the action.

The show airs each Wednesday at 8:30PM and Saturday at 10:00PM on Cox Channel 4.

For a full listing of upcoming events, visit our website.

227 Florida St.  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70801  |  (225) 389-5520 Office (225) 389-5523 Fax  |  8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F

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