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Local Baton Rouge Music Scene


Baton Rouge is a movie industry city on the Mississippi River. The Baton Roughe Film Commission attracts movie producers to the area, which brings millions of dollars to the local economy. In 2010 twenty-six films were made in Baton Rouge. In the 2010 Census the city had a population of over a quarter million people, with slightly over half being African-American. Campuses include Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Our Lady of the Lake College. The history of the Baton Rouge music scene includes American Idol judge Randy Jackson, Master P and Webbie. The local music scene is covered by The Advocate and DigBatonRouge.com.

April Reign * Black Magnolia * Cameron Alex * Captain Green * Chase Ezell * Chase Tyler Band * Chasing Scarlett * Chris LeBlanc Band * Clayton Rayborn * Corner's Edge * Evercrest * Godspeed The Jackal * Henry Gray * Jeffery Allen * Jodi James * Justin Garner * Kendra Raychelle * Mechanical People * Michael Liuzza * Mr. E * Norcio * Pushing Pandas * Red Stick Ramblers * Rob Johnson * Russ Bryant * Sara Scott * Shattered Display * Startisan * Stone Rabbits * Sweet Roof * Taylor Frey * The Gyft * The Side Effects Band * Toni Otts * Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson * Winbourne * Shattered Display *

Local Highlights

Baton Rouge Music Studios, an educational music facility, moved in early 2015 from Bluebonnet Boulevard to Burbank Drive to occupy twice as much space. The business includes a recording studio, live music venue and classrooms. BRMS hosted an open house on Saturday morning, August 22, 2015, presenting free food and tours, along with live music. A young duo to emerge from the school's Young Band Nation educational program has been The Chambers.

WHYR 96.9 FM's Radiopalooza featured several local acts, held on May 31, 2014. The fourth annual event took place at Galvez Plaza at North Boulevard Town Square. Radiopalooza is the community station's largest fundraising event to pay for operations. WHYR DJ Clay Achee helped choose the event's line-up. He plays local music on his weekday show from noon to 4pm. The line-up included Ryan Harris, Denton Hatcher, Jodi James, Clay Parker, Eric Schmitt, Mike Foster Projects, Speakeasy and Pacifico.

Two Baton Rouge artists have teamed up to split the costs of CD manufacturing. Joshua Polk and Matt Sigur, billed as Childrens Church, have released the compilation album. The two artists both believe their music is compatible for the same CD, which is what made the project work, highlighted by a CD release party at Chelsea's Cafe on Aug. 23, 2013. The style of music of both artists is indie rock. They both operate as solo artists who record multiple instruments and strive to have an organic sound. They were written about in this Chelsea Brasted article 8/19/2013 on NOLA.com.

Blues legend Muddy Waters was honored at the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Gala on August 22, 2013 at the Capitol Park Museum. The tribute celebrated his 100th birthday. Performers included Henry Gray, Kenny Neal and Big Bill Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters. The blues hero was born in Mississippi but became an important figure in the Baton Rouge region. The event will help fund the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival, along with educational programs such as summer camp music workshops for kids. The Waters celebration was written about in this Chelsea Brasted article 8/15/2013 on NOLA.com.

Louisiana State University announced on August 20, 2013 that it is looking for national anthem singers. Campus organizations LSU Athletics and LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts scheduled the auditions for September 8, 2013 in the School of Music Recital Hall. They need singers for campus athletic events except for football. They opened up auditions for the general public, staff and students. This story was written about in this Michelle McCalope article 8/20/2013 at WAFB.com.









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