Jive Picks: George Porter, Jr., Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Widowers’ Mint Grizz release party, and more!

movies and musicAutumn is officially here. How do I know? Is it the change in the weather? Of course not! No, the way you know summer is over in Baton Rouge is the arrival of the bittersweet finale of Movies and Music on the Lawn, tonight (Friday) at Baton Rouge Gallery. Don’t miss it. (Unless you’re going to the sure-to-be terrific Ray Wylie Hubbard concert at the Manship– then you get a pass!)

In other news, this week’s picks contain a couple of new releases in the local rock scene. First, check out “Giant” in the clips below, a music video for a track off The Widowers’ soon-to-drop album, Mint Grizz. The band will celebrate the album release on Saturday at Spanish Moon. Also, today Molly Taylor released a new single “Goodbye” which you can hear below as well! She’ll be rocking on Saturday as well, across town at Chelsea’s. So don’t get mad about LSU– just focus on the surefire way you always win: going out to hear live music! And remember, we can’t pick ‘em all– so don’t forget to check thcalendar for more quality selections. And #listenlocalBR!

FRIDAY:

  • Early: Movies and Music on the Lawn at Baton Rouge Gallery feat. Fugitive Poets doing “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” at Baton Rouge Gallery  (folk/blues/bluegrass at 8pm or sundown, whichever is later– more info here)
  • Early: Ray Wylie Hubbard + Cupcake Strippers at the Manship (7:30pm country/singersongwriter)
  • George Porter, Jr., Mike Dillon, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey at Chelea’s (funk/ jazz)
  • Com Truise and Ronen at Spanish Moon (electronic/ synth funk)

SATURDAY:

  • The Widowers’ Mint Grizz release show with Elsah and Southern States at Spanish Moon (Rock)
  • Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor at The Blues Room (blues, reggae)
  • Molly Taylor + Circa Amore at Chelsea’s (rock)

SUNDAY:

  • Early, FREE: Sunday in the Park- Mulligan Brothers at North Blvd. Town Square (2pm, Country)
  • Busdriver, Clipping, Milo at Spanish Moon (hip hop/ electronic)

And now for the clips!

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Jive Picks: THE EASY Release Party!, Phosphorescent, Denton Hatcher and MORE! #ListenLocalBR

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With all the buzz about Highland Coffees’ potential closure, this week brings a great opportunity to reflect on the importance of cultural community. While we all need to do what we must to pay the bills, having a vibrant artistic community adds value to our lives that can’t be reflected on the balance sheet. Highland Coffees’ landlord might make more money (temporarily anyways) by choosing another tenant, just like our local artists might make more money if they picked up a more financially lucrative second job rather than creating and performing. But if a fatter bottom line means an impoverished cultural community, is it worth it? Jive Flamingo wholeheartedly believes the answer is “no,” and we support Highland Coffees– a business which provides an important space for connection, creative and otherwise, in Baton Rouge, and which was also an enthusiastic supporter of the first ever JiveFest. If you agree with us, please consider signing this petition.

We each get to choose what it means to live a “rich” life. Hopefully you’ll choose a show or two below, support our artistic community, and bring some richness to your life! Check the calendar for more selections, and #listenlocalBR!

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FRIDAY:

SATURDAY:

  • Denton Hatcher + The Wilder Janes + The Memphis Dawls at Chelsea’s (country/folk/americana)

SUNDAY:

  • Early, Free:  Sunday in the Park w/ Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble at North Blvd. Town Square (2pm)

And now for the clips!

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Jive Picks: Galactic, Dolo Jazz Suite, Sweet Crude, BR Hip Hop Project and MORE!

One of my local favs, Polly Pry, opens up for Jack Williams at the Red Dragon Sunday.

One of my local favs, Polly Pry, opens up for Jack Williams at the Red Dragon Sunday.

Well, well, well… LSU lost, but somehow the world keeps spinning. Thanks so much to everyone who made our Back to School Series such a tremendous success, and special thanks to our new friends who are looking forward  to future endeavors with us! We appreciate you!

Now back to business as usual: aka AMAZING live music happening EVERYWHERE! Check the calendar for more selections, and #listenlocalBR!

THURSDAY:

  • Kenney Garrett Quintet at the Manship is sold out. 
  • Early: Drop the Needle: Ziggy Stardust at Chelsea’s (local artists cover the famous Bowie album)
  • Dolo Jazz Suite at Spanish Moon (hip hop/fusion)

FRIDAY:

  • Galactic with Naughty Professor at The Varsity Theater (funk)
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers + Sweet Crude at Spanish Moon (Cajun rock’n’roll / Cajun indie-folk)

SATURDAY:

  • Early: Prom Date/ Flavor Raid (ATX) at ATOMIC POP SHOP POST PROWL PARTY (electro pop/ indie- details in calendar)
  • BR Hip-Hop Project Presents: Country Rap Tunes (LA vs AL vs MS) at The Library at Northgate (get details of all the artists on the calendar)
  • Quiana Lynell and Lush Life at Lock & Key (jazz/soul/blues/funk)

SUNDAY:

  • Early: Jack Williams with Polly Pry at Red Dragon Listening Room (7pm. BYOB: Singer songwriter/ guitar work/ americana/folk)

And now for the clips!

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Jive Picks: BACK TO SCHOOL FINALE! Flow Tribe, Slow Magic, Rebirth Brass Band and More!

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Are you ready to party!?! Our Big Back to School Finale is tomorrow night at Spanish Moon!! You can RSVP and get more details here: Marcel P. Black, Luke St. John, DJ Automatik, Cafe Au Lait and Detroit Mutant Radio!! 

Back to School Part 3 was magic, and Nick Martino got some lovely shots of the event. Special thanks to Red Dragon Listening Room, Rob Chidester at the folks at the Legendary Noise Floor for making the night possible!

Now on to the picks. PHEW! #LISTENLOCALBR!! 

FRIDAY:

  • Early, Free: Live after Five: Flow Tribe with Dulac Smack at North Blvd. Town Square (funk/ rock, 5pm)
  • Early: Mandolin Orange at Chelsea’s Cafe (folk, 8:00 pm)
  • Rebirth Brass Band at Chelsea’s Cafe (need we say more?)
  • Slow Magic Kodak to Graph at Spanish Moon (indie/synth)

SATURDAY:

  • Jive Flamingo Back to School FINALE at Spanish Moon feat. Marcel P. Black + DJ Automatik + Luke St John + Cafe Au Lait + Detroit Mutant Radio (hip hop/soul/ funk/ rock)
  • Mississippi Rail Company at Chelsea’s Cafe (Nola old-style rhythm and blues, extremely good!!)

And now for the clips!

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Jive Picks: BACK TO SCHOOL #3, Lagniappe Records Reopening!, MC Frontalot and MORE!

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Guys and gals, I’m so sorry these picks are late. Working on this event series is intense! Big news for Back to School Part 3 this Sunday: we’re moving it to Red Dragon Listening Room! We are so thankful for all of the support we are getting for these Back to School Shows, and we hope the new venue will be perfect for the expected increased capacity. Also, we are proud to announce that acclaimed local emcee Luke St John will be joining us for the series finale with Marcel P. Black, Cafe Au Lait and Detroit Mutant Radio next Saturday (9/20) at Spanish Moon so mark your calendars for that! As an aside, check the calendar for details on the Art Has a Home pop-up art show Luke and others are putting on TODAY (Friday)!

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Mobley last Fri! (c) Nicholas Martino Photography

Now I want to give a great big shoutout to everyone who came out to Spanish Moon  for Back to School Part 2 with England in 1819, Mobley and Nice Dog! We rocked the house! Make sure you’ve liked those artists on FB already so you can follow them for future shows! And thanks again to Nicholas Martino Photography for beautifully capturing the event!

Finally, we also want to express gratitude to Nelson Williams and Chelsey Gonzales, who have been working hard volunteering with us and the artists as part of the street team and at the events! And we look forward to working with those of you who’ve offered your time and talents these past weeks!

Now on to the picks. PHEW! #LISTENLOCALBR!! 

FRIDAY:

  • Early, Free: Live after Five: Chris LeBlanc and the Spanish Town Big Band at North Blvd. Town Square
  • Early: Patrick Sylvest- Lonesome Troubadour: A Songwriter’s Odyssey at Chelsea’s Cafe (7:30pm)
  • Wes Warmdaddy Anderson Benefit Concert at Lock & Key (jazz)
  • MC Frontalot at Hartley Vey Theatre (really awesome “nerdcore” hip hop)

SATURDAY:

  • Early: Lagniappe Records Grand Reopening Party with Tess Brunet, the Widowers and More at Lagniappe Record’s new location, 705 Joseph St.!! (Noon- rock and other things)
  • John Smart Trio at Lock & Key Whiskey
  • Molly Taylor with Erin Miley at Chelsea’s Cafe (singer songwriters)

SUNDAY:

  • Early: Jive Flamingo Back to School Part 3 at Red Dragon Listening Room feat. Clay Parker, Ryan Harris, Caroline Schaff and Gardens (5pm-10pm, BYOB, folk/ indie $5 with student ID/ $10 without)

And now for the clips!

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Jive Picks: BACK TO SCHOOL #2, Tank and the Bangas, David Allan Coe, Islands and MORE!

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Holy smokes!! Back to School Part 1 was a show for the books!! Thanks for coming, packing the house, bringing th funk and getting down with us! If you haven’t already, go like The Easy (Speakeasy rebranded!), Brass Mimosa, Onion Loaf and Moonsugar on Facbook! Special thanks to Nicholas Martino Photography and Dig Magazine for coming out and taking shots! Now on to part 2 tomorrow (Friday) night at Spanish Moon… with dancers, brass, and special guest hip hop artist Tiny Archabald, you really don’t want to stay home. Oh yeah, now for the other awesome picks. #LISTENLOCALBR!! 

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Last Friday! Credit: Nicholas Martino

THURSDAY:

  • Early: Susan Cowsill w/ Vicki Peterson & The Bedlamville Triflers at Red Dragon Listening Room (BYOB, singer songwriter, folk, rockabillly)
  • Juke Joint Jubilee at Red Star (fun mix of Ryan Harris, Clay Parker, Ben Bell, and or others- singer songwriter/ alt country/ folk)

FRIDAY:

  • David Allan Coe at Texas Club (outlaw country)
  • Jive Flamingo Back to School Part 2 with England in 1819, Mobley, Nice Dog at Spanish Moon (grandwave, indie rock)

SATURDAY:

  • The Honorable South, Tank and the Bangas, The Big Easy Brawlers at Chelsea’s Cafe (killer soul/ hip hop/ rock, in my opinion some of NOLA’s best bands)

SUNDAY:

  • Islands and Teen at Spanish Moon (indie rock)

And now for the clips!

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