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11th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival 

Feb. 8 - Pre-Party 7pm to midnight

Henry Turner Jr.'s Listening Room

Feb. 10 - Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival 10am to 7pm

North Boulevard Town Square

Screenings of "We're Going Down to the Mardi Gras" documentary at 2:30, 3:30 and 5pm -River Center Library

More info at

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4th Quarter

Saturday, January 27 – Film Shorts and Music Videos by Fresh Wave Media Solutions. Screenings of “The Poet” and “Voice on the Phone,” with supernatural horror undertones. Music videos include a song by local songstress Krystal Parker.

Saturday, February 24 – “Erie Planet Live” a short film whose tag line is… “It’s tough running a nightclub. Ain’t it!” Starring John “The Bossman” Hall who will be performing at the Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival earlier in the month.               
Saturday, March 30 – “The Chamber Room.” A feature film by Natalie Spenser in which a grandson is taught about the importance of voting by interacting with historical African American leaders.  


Blues Camp III- Curriculum/Syllabus
Week 1: (February 24)  
Blues Song Structure: “Swinging in the Room” written by Henry Turner, Jr.
Breakdown of rhythm section with Henry Turner, Jr.-guitar, Jim Masters-drums, King Solomon-bass, Ervin “Maestro” Foster-keyboards. Structure is one, four, five shuffle, with a walking bass line. Concentration is on guitar chords..
History of the Blues: What is blues and how was it created? Examples of various types of Louisiana blues – Swamp, New Orleans style, Contemporary Jazz/blues, slow, fast etc.   
Music Business: Music Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Promotion with Director Eric Cager, of the CE     Conferences and Events

Week 2: (March 2)
Blues Song Structure: Breakdown of rhythm section with a concentration on bass lines. 
History of the Blues: The Early Years 1950 to 1970, blues artists who pioneered the Baton Rouge sound such as Slim Harpo band mates Rudy Richards and Jesse Kinchen, Tabby Thomas, the Neal Family, Lazy Lester, etc. 
Music Business: Creative Writing and Tips for the Musician with journalist Hedi Butler 

Week 3 (March 9) 
Blues Song Structure: Breakdown of rhythm section with a concentration on drums. 
History of the Blues: Current blues musicians Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal, Joe Monk, etc. (1980-present)
Music Business: What Does a Publicist Do?, with Marcia Groff 

Week 4 (March 16) 
Blues Song Structure: Breakdown of rhythm section with a concentration on keyboards.
History of the Blues: Influence of Baton Rouge artists worldwide. 
Music Business: How to Create and Use Language with Spoken Word artist Kelton 

Week 5 (March 23) 
Blues Song Structure: Participation in learned song with the band, both virtual and in audience.
History of the Blues Recap: Henry Turner Jr.
Music Business: What it’s like to be a touring musician with Kevin White 

Festivals endorsed and co-produced by the Foundation

The Listening Room Museum Foundation is proud to bring these events to our community in Baton Rouge.

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