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Live after Five is in it's old but new spot, North Boulevard Town Square
Live after Five in Downtown Baton Rouge is the capital city's premier FREE live music event, hosted by the Downtown Business Association at Galvez Plaza in the new North Boulevard Town Square. The spring season of Live after Five kicks off this Friday with Lil' Band o' Gold. They feature some of the most influential musicians to ever have emerged from America's most important musical state. The outfit was assembled by vocalist and guitarist CC Adcock, who searched the swamps and flatlands of South Louisiana to form a band of his childhood heroes. This process was captured for the documentary The Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey which was a feature at the Tribeca, SxSW and Melbourne International Film Festivals.

Galvez Plaza in North Boulevard Town Square
Friday, April 13, 5PM

Baton Rouge Blues Fest
The Baton Rouge Blues Festival kicks off this Saturday at Noon and the music goes till 10PM in the new Town Square. James Johnson, Lightnin' Malcolm with Cameron Kimbrough, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, and Johnny Winter will perform on the Galvez Stage with The Young Nation Band Blues Project, Jonathan "Boogie" Long, Watermelon Slim, Henry Gray and Lil' Buck Sinegal playing on the Town Lawn Stage.

North Boulevard Town Square
Saturday, April 14, Noon

Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park resumes it's FREE series with the fabulous blues pianist Eden Brent performing Sunday in the Town Square from Noon till 3 PM. Brent, a blues-influenced Boogie-woogie piano & vocalist, is the 2010 Pinetop Perkins Award winner and is known for her boogie style singing. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge & 225 Magazine, in collaboration with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation.

Town Lawn in North Boulevard Town Square
Sunday, April 15, Noon

Natalie Cole
The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce nine-time GRAMMY award winner Natalie Cole as the 2012 Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation Great Performers in Concert guest artist. Natalie Cole has proven to be one of the most beloved performers of all time. This historic evening will feature Natalie Cole in concert with the BRSO, performing jazz, ballads, and big band arrangements with her 17-piece band. The one-night only gala performance is a benefit concert for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and a part of the Symphony's on-going Irene W. & C. B. Pennington Great Performers in Concert series.

Baton Rouge River Center
Sunday, April 15, 7PM

Weekend Events!
What's happening Downtown this weekend?
Check out our Weekend Events list to keep tabs on what's hot downtown each week! For more info, visit our site at the link below!

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Hot Club of San Francisco
Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930's. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening's fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing.

Manship Theatre
Saturday, April 14, 8PM

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles", multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate.

Manship Theatre
Thursday, April 12, 7:30PM

Opera Louisiane and BRSO collaborate for CHORUS!
Opéra Louisiane and the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus combine forces to present the grandest moments from the greatest operas with CHORUS! Under the masterful direction of Opéra Louisiane Music Director, Michael Borowitz, the 120 person chorus, full orchestra, and four powerhouse soloists will delight audiences with famous songs and soaring melodies such as the "Anvil Chorus" from Verdi's Il Trovatore, "Toreador" from Bizet's Carmen, and the "Humming Chorus" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Tickets are $27 and seating is general admission.

First Baptist Church
Thursday, April 12, 7:30PM

Viking Cooking School
The Hilton's pool deck overlooking the Mississippi River is the perfect location for the new Viking outdoor grilling experience. In an outdoor pavilion, through engaging demonstrations and intimate hands-on classes ranging from 16-36 people, the Viking Cooking School Outdoors provides a first class atmosphere for those who love to cook, entertain, or just appreciate the pleasure of great food. Private events can also be held on the pool deck with the Viking Chef Experience. Convention and meeting groups have the opportunity to upgrade their food and beverage into a Viking Outdoor experience. Classes are themed such as Girl's Night Out, Romantic Date Night, and Tailgate Cooking competitions. View their calendar to sign up before it's too late!

Piano Bar Sing Along featuring The Ben Harrington Duo Residency
Enjoy an evening of friends, dinner, vino and request your favorite songs to sing along to. Come in early from 4PM - 6PM to enjoy their daily happy hour specials, including $2 off wines by the glass, $5 wines by the bottle, and $5 select cocktails. You can view their complete wine dinner menu here.

Zolia Bistro I Enoteca
April 12 & 19

Zumba - YMCA Spring Outdoor Fitness Series
Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements. This class is "exercise in disguise" as you experience various dances and improve your cardiovascular endurance. If you have been looking to shake up your workout routine then this is the perfect class for you!

North Boulevard Town Square, Town Lawn
Monday & Wednesdays at 5:15PM

Spring at the Market
Enjoy beautiful spring weather and veggies this Saturday at Red Stick Farmers Market. New spring crops will include artichokes, asparagus, leeks, onions, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and new potatoes. You can also find bouquets of fresh cut spring flowers along with herbs, vegetable seedlings and gardening plants. Main Street Market's Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature Chef Matthew Brewton of the Viking Cooking School at the Capitol Hilton Hotel. Head inside the North Street entrance to the Market at 10AM to watch the demo and sample the chef's local creation. The Red Stick Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8AM-12PM on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets.

Yoga in the Square
Karmady Yoga, a new downtown business, would like to introduce themselves to the downtown community by offering free yoga classes in the new North Boulevard Town Square! Whether you are interested in flexibility, strength, stress reduction or balance, this class will help you learn in a non-threatening way. You will experience a gentle, slow approach to postures, allowing you to experience each pose. The session will close with an emphasis placed on relaxation and allowing a restoration of the body and mind. The classes are held on Tuesdays before the Happy's Running Club gets going, so come drop in any time from 4:45PM - 6PM and join in. Props are provided if you don't have your own.

Town Lawn in North Boulevard Town Square
Tuesday, April 17, 4:45PM

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

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