The Blues & Blues Music History
Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. , Main Library at Goodwood
Come to the library to talk about The Blues by Chris Thomas King or other books about the blues that you enjoy!
Dive into Baton Rouge blues history with Blues from the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge by Julian C. Piper... Learn more about the New Orleans legend through Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues by John Wirt... Delve into Delta Blues through In Search of the Blues by Marybeh Hamilton... Explore American music with Music is History by Questlove... or bring your own book to share with the group!
The Blues Brothers
Sunday, April 16 at 2:30 p.m. , Jones Creek Branch
Thursday, April 6 , Jones Creek Branch
Make Your Own Harmonica
Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. , Jones Creek Branch
Kid’s Orchestra Presents: Trombone Shorty and Louisiana Music
Learn about Trombone Shorty, a musician who grew up in Louisiana, and the instrument he played (a trombone, of course!). Hear the trombone and find out how it works. Learn some “second line” dance moves. Play an instrument naming and imitation game. Sing “When the Saints go Marching in” as we celebrate music in Louisiana. (Ages 5-11)
Registration is required.
Saturday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. , Jones Creek Branch
Have a chill afternoon listening to music while you upcycle a CD by painting with aesthetic designs.
Monday, April 3 at 4 p.m. , Fairwood Branch
Wednesday, April 12 at 4 p.m. , Greenwell Springs Branch
Guitar Pick Keychain
Wednesday, April 19 at 4 p.m. , Greenwell Springs Branch
Sheet Music Bracelet
Join us at the Kickoff Party!
Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m.
Main Library at Goodwood
We're kicking off our 17th Annual One Book One Community series celebrating The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture by Chris Thomas King!
Bring the whole family to enjoy delicious food & refreshments, live music by The Michael Foster Project, crafts, & community organizations celebrating Louisiana's rich music, culture, history, & more!
No registration required.
Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood
Author Chris Thomas King will be at the Kickoff Party!
More information here.
Author Talk with Chris Thomas King
Saturday, April 29 at 4 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood
Author Chris Thomas King will discuss his book, The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Tuesday, April 4 at 12:00 p.m. , Scotlandville Branch
Lloyd “Teddy” Johnson, owner of the world famous Teddy’s Juke Joint will speak on his decades of life experiences operating a blues music venue and other stories about the blues.
Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues with author John Wirt
Sunday, April 16 at 3 p.m. , Main Library at Goodwood
Author John Wirt will speak about his book, Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues.
Enter here for a chance to win a Library Prize Pack courtesy of Country Roads!
• $50 gift card to Jubans Restaurant
• $25 gift card to Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux
• "I Geek the Blues" t-shirt
• The Blues by Chris Thomas King
• Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues by John Wirt
• Blues from the Bayou by Julian C. Piper
• Blue Library tote bag
• Other OBOC goodies
Hidden History of Louisiana's Jazz Age
Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood
Local musician and author Sam Irwin has written a book about the less well-known stories of jazz musicians from the early Jazz era of Louisiana in the 1920's. Join us as Sam takes us on a fascinating musical journey of this time in Louisiana history.
Sunday, April 2 @ 3 p.m. , Main Library at Goodwood
Enjoy a FREE musical performance at the library!
Join us as we celebrate the blues with an hour of live music by Jonathon "Boogie" Long, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee and 2011 Guitar Center “King of the Blues” winner for best unsigned blues guitarist in America.
Join host and creator Jay Dardenne and LPB Executive Producer Linda Midgett.
Watch scenes from the hit LPB documentary and hear the stories behind the stories!
Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi… or Any Place Else!
A Behind-The-Scenes Conversation
Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
Main Library at Goodwood
The 10th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival
Saturday Feb. 18th from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. , North Boulevard Town Square
There will be live music, dance, a vendor's village and food court. So, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the big lineup that includes blues, soul, funk, R&B, reggae, gospel, jazz, pop/rock, dance, comedy and Mardi Gras Indians.
A pre-party is being held at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room on Thursday, Feb. 16th.
Ed Perkins Jazz Band FREE Concert
Thursday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. , Main Library at Goodwood
In honor of Black History month ,funded by a grant from The Jazz Foundation of America, the Ed Perkins Jazz Band will perform in the plaza from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The West Baton Rouge Museum has received grant funding and is seeking to create a mural celebrating the community’s Blues music heritage on the exterior of the Juke Joint!
The deadline for Request for Qualification is February 15th. Three finalists will be announced on March 1, 2023 and will receive a $500 stipend to develop an initial concept that will be presented in person to the Selection committee on April 3, 2023. The installation will be completed by Sept 25th, 2023.
Artists may apply as individuals or teams. To be considered, contact the West Baton Rouge Museum Director of Programs, Jeannie Luckett at 225-300-4677 or Luckett@wbrmuseum.org.