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The Sounds of Summer Concert Series & Discover BR Days
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of EBR Parish

The Sounds of Summer concert series is part of a parish-wide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of East Baton Rouge Parish. Residents have expressed their appreciation for events such as Sunday in The Park and Live After Five, and now have the opportunity to extend the live music experience into the summer.

The Mayor and the Metro Council have joined with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and area media sponsors to create the Sounds of Summer music series as a highlight of a host of quality arts culture and entertainment opportunities that will take place in East Baton Rouge Parish from June to August. The celebration will culminate with the Louisiana Balloon Festival in August.

In addition to the Sounds of Summer concerts, the celebration will include two Discover Baton Rouge Days (Sunday, June 6th and Saturday, July 10th) with free admission to a variety of downtown museums and attractions, free music concerts in Lafayette Park and a free screening of the adorable family film, Babe, at 3:00 p.m. in the Manship Theatre.

More Discover Baton Rouge Day activities are being scheduled at this time, and they will be excellent opportunities for families to enjoy our great community.

The Mayor and Metro Council and The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will also provide special music presentations at the Louisiana Balloon Festival on Friday and Saturday evenings.

In addition, the Mayor, the Metro Council and The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will also host a special cake-cutting to celebrate East Baton Rouge's 200th birthday at the Pennington Balloon Festival on Friday, Aug. 6. The bicentennial sponsors will provide music at the Balloon festival both Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7.
The bicentennial events will observe the 200th birthday of East Baton Rouge Parish, which was created in 1810 after Fulwar Skipwith and Philemon Thomas led 70 men from St. Francisville to Baton Rouge, captured a Spanish fort there, and declared the city's independence from Spain.

Sounds of Summer and Discover Baton Rouge Days

Friday concerts are from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Galvez Plaza
Sunday and Saturday concerts are from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. at Lafayette Park

Friday, June 4th, Lil' Malcolm and the House Rockers (Rollicking Zydeco Accordion)
Sunday, June 6th, 1st Discover BR Day, Ben Bell and the Stardust Boys (Western Rockabilly)
Friday, June 11th, Bonerama (Great New Orleans Brass Funk)
Friday, June 18th, Mia Borders (R&B and Pop, featured in USA Today)
Friday, June 25th, Big Sam's Funky Nation (Best Funk Group at Big Easy Music Awards)
Friday, July 2nd, Herman Jackson's Big Band (Jazz and R&B)
Friday, July 9th, Eric Lindell (Poetic soul with New Orleans Funk)
Sat., July 10th , 2nd Discover Baton Rouge Day 484 South (Southern Rock)
Friday, July 16th, After 8 (R&B and Funk with Great Brass Section)
Friday, July 23rd, Marcia Ball (The queen of the bayou herself concludes the series)

August 6th - Pennington Balloon Festival -
Cake-cutting, Music to be announced.
August 7th - Pennington Balloon Festival - Music to be announced.

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

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