Calendar

Aug
17
Sat
Juke Joint Men: And Exhibition at the West Baton Rouge Museum @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – Dec 29 @ 5:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition and publication
entitled Juke Joint Men. The exhibit, which will open on August 17 and run through December 29, 2019,
features the collages of local bluesmen by J K Lawson and the musically inspired metal sculptures of Port
Allen native Ronald Trahan.

John K Lawson is a native of Birmingham, England who now resides in south Louisiana. Known for his
colorful collages and other mixed media art, Lawson has been featured in Country Roads Magazine and
his work commissioned by numerous festivals across the state. After attending an event at the
museum’s juke joint, John agreed to do a book highlighting local Blues legends with the West Baton
Rouge Museum. The result is a series of collages and biographies of Blues musicians from the Westside
of the river.

Ronald Trahan is a nationally known sculptor who is on the Artist Roster of the Arts Council of Greater
Baton Rouge. He sculpts in bronze using a welding process to create figures inspired by childhood visits
to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. His jazz musician and second line dance sculptures have been highly
sought after at the New Orleans Jazz Fest for decades.

The 12’ x12’ hard cover publication, Juke Joint Men, will be available at the West Baton Rouge Museum
gift shop and select retailers beginning in August. The authors will be on hand for a book signing at the
museum in conjunction with a Cultural District Announcement Party on August 29th from 5PM – 8PM.
For more information call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The West
Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Aug
31
Sat
A Cast of Blues @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm

On August 31, 2019, the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition, A
Cast of Blues. The exhibition which is on loan from ExhibitsUSA and the Mid-America Arts
Alliance runs through October 20, 2019.

A Cast of Blues features 15 resin cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon
McConnell-Dickerson as well as 15 color photographs of performers and juke joints by
acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy. The exhibition is fully accessible to all visitors, featuring
braille labels, video elements and educational materials including interactive musical
instruments. A music playlist and two films are part of the blues experience and visitors are
encouraged to touch the resin cast masks.

“A life cast is like a 3D photograph to someone who is blind,” says McConnell-Dickerson, who is
visually impaired herself. McConnell created the masks of famous blues musicians over a period
of eight years. A Cast of Blues is curated by Chuck Haddix, music historian, author, radio
personality, and Director of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
This exhibit is an extension of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s celebration of juke joints and
the music that evolved on the west side of the Mississippi River.

For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call
(225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday
through Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is
located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Sep
21
Sat
Woodworking Basics Workshop Series @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Sep 21 @ 3:59 pm – 4:59 pm

West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with skilled artisan, Terry Landry to present a series of new wood working workshops this fall inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits.

The first in the series will be Basic Woodwork 1: Build a Foot Stool which will be held Saturday, September 14 and 21 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Each participant in the class will build their own four legged foot stool using only hand tools. Students will use saws, chisels, square, compass, brace, hammer and smooth plane. The cost of the Basic Woodwork 1workshop series is $150.

The second in the series will be Basic Woodwork 2: Build a Tool Tote which will be held Saturday, October 12 and 19 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Participants in this class will each build their own tool tote while learning to use basic hand tools. Tools students will be using include saws, chisels, brace, various squares, marking gauge and hand planes. The tote is joined together with dovetails and dados which participants will mark and cut themselves. The cost of the Basic Woodwork 1workshop series is $150.

The cost of materials is included in the fee for each of these workshops but students are required to bring their own tape ruler and #2 pencil. Although they are provided, those who have their own chisels and dovetail saw may wish to bring those as well if participating in Basic Woodwork 2. Each workshop series is limited to a maximum of four participants. It is not required to attend Woodwork 1 in order to attend Woodwork 2.

For more information, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200 or visit facebook.com/TheWBRM.

Sep
22
Sun
“Music Dreams… An American Story” Featuring Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In conjunction with its current traveling exhibit, Cast of Blues and an in-house curated exhibit, Juke Joint Men, West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a film screening of “Music Dreams…An American Story,” a half hour documentary profiling the career of Louisiana musician and entrepreneur Henry Turner, Jr. on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 3:00 – 5 00 p.m. Following, there will be a discussion with the film’s cast, crew and producer, and brief musical performance by Henry Turner, Jr. and Flavor.

The film includes musical performances by Henry Turner, Jr. & Flavor, interviews with family members, past and present band members, club owners, local musicians and filmmakers, as well as national and regional entertainment executives. Over the past forty years, the Baton Rouge native has developed a syncopated style of music that is referred to as Louisiana blues, soul, funk and reggae. He is also known for mentoring new talent and for his work with various philanthropic organizations and foundations.

The film explores the beginnings of his musical journey with his upbringing in Eden Park, his first success with the Top 40 band, Crystal, Touring with the Bob Marley Festivals, the devastation of the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 and advice on the music business. His motto… “Do what you do.”

“Music Dreams…An American Story,” is produced by Mustang Films and executive producer, Charles Bush and by Hit City Digital TV’s Henry Turner Jr. Hit City Digital TV is an adjunct of Hit City Digital Records that produces and releases musical and audio/visual recordings of Henry Turner, Jr. and other roots artists signed to the label. Award- winning Mustang Films is a Baton Rouge-based media production company specializing in documentaries, political campaigns, web series, TV and much more.

For more information, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200 or visit facebook.com/TheWBRM or contact Marcia Groff, Entertainment Enterprises, 310-721-1592.

Oct
6
Sun
SugarFest 2019 @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come have a sweet ole time at the West Baton Rouge Museum’s SugarFest on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This annual sweet celebration of the sugar cane harvest has been growing strong since 1995.

SugarFest provides visitors with a free opportunity to learn about local culture, music and history with a variety of folk art and occupational craft demonstrations, tours of the museum’s exhibits and historic buildings, cane cutting and grinding demonstrations, cane syrup boiling, and of course, live music. Genres featured include Blues, Dixieland Jazz, Folk, Cajun, Zydeco, Bluegrass, and Spirituals. Some of the demonstrations include praline candy making, blacksmithing, bousillage making, wood working with antique hand tools, spinning and weaving, and much more. Other festivities include wagon and train rides, a petting zoo, old fashioned cake walks, sugary treats, and a sweets contest with celebrity judges.

SugarFest is FREE and open to the public. Hope to see you there, SUGAR!

For more information or to request a sweets contest entry form, please call 225-336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

Oct
12
Sat
Woodworking Basics Workshop Series @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Oct 12 @ 3:59 pm – 4:59 pm

West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with skilled artisan, Terry Landry to present a series of new wood working workshops this fall inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits.

The first in the series will be Basic Woodwork 1: Build a Foot Stool which will be held Saturday, September 14 and 21 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Each participant in the class will build their own four legged foot stool using only hand tools. Students will use saws, chisels, square, compass, brace, hammer and smooth plane. The cost of the Basic Woodwork 1workshop series is $150.

The second in the series will be Basic Woodwork 2: Build a Tool Tote which will be held Saturday, October 12 and 19 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Participants in this class will each build their own tool tote while learning to use basic hand tools. Tools students will be using include saws, chisels, brace, various squares, marking gauge and hand planes. The tote is joined together with dovetails and dados which participants will mark and cut themselves. The cost of the Basic Woodwork 1workshop series is $150.

The cost of materials is included in the fee for each of these workshops but students are required to bring their own tape ruler and #2 pencil. Although they are provided, those who have their own chisels and dovetail saw may wish to bring those as well if participating in Basic Woodwork 2. Each workshop series is limited to a maximum of four participants. It is not required to attend Woodwork 1 in order to attend Woodwork 2.

For more information, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200 or visit facebook.com/TheWBRM.

Oct
13
Sun
Old Time Country Open Jam @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join the West Baton Rouge Museum as we celebrate country music with our Old Time Country Open Jam. Anyone with an acoustic instrument is welcome to join, and music lovers are welcome to sit back, relax, and enjoy! Every 2nd Sunday of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm we will be playing and listening to old time country, bluegrass, Cajun, and folk tunes. The event is free and open to the public.

Oct
19
Sat
Woodworking Basics Workshop Series @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Oct 19 @ 3:59 pm – 4:59 pm

West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with skilled artisan, Terry Landry to present a series of new wood working workshops this fall inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits.

The first in the series will be Basic Woodwork 1: Build a Foot Stool which will be held Saturday, September 14 and 21 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Each participant in the class will build their own four legged foot stool using only hand tools. Students will use saws, chisels, square, compass, brace, hammer and smooth plane. The cost of the Basic Woodwork 1workshop series is $150.

The second in the series will be Basic Woodwork 2: Build a Tool Tote which will be held Saturday, October 12 and 19 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Participants in this class will each build their own tool tote while learning to use basic hand tools. Tools students will be using include saws, chisels, brace, various squares, marking gauge and hand planes. The tote is joined together with dovetails and dados which participants will mark and cut themselves. The cost of the Basic Woodwork 1workshop series is $150.

The cost of materials is included in the fee for each of these workshops but students are required to bring their own tape ruler and #2 pencil. Although they are provided, those who have their own chisels and dovetail saw may wish to bring those as well if participating in Basic Woodwork 2. Each workshop series is limited to a maximum of four participants. It is not required to attend Woodwork 1 in order to attend Woodwork 2.

For more information, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200 or visit facebook.com/TheWBRM.

Oct
20
Sun
Cajun French Music Association- Jam Session @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If you are interested in traditional Cajun and French music, put the 3rd Sundays of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm on your calendar! The West Baton Rouge Museum will be hosting Cajun Jam Sessions sponsored by the Baton Rouge CFMA Chapter. Each month, a different artist will lead a group of interested musicians from throughout the area. So- get out your instrument and join in!

The West Baton Rouge Museum is the new, permanent host for this musical event. A space will be set up in the Brick Gallery for musicians, spectators, and even dancers! The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. It is a free event and we encourage anyone who is interested to check it out!

****Please note that because of Father’s Day, the June Jam Session will be moved to the next week, June 23.

 

 

 

Nov
10
Sun
Old Time Country Open Jam @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join the West Baton Rouge Museum as we celebrate country music with our Old Time Country Open Jam. Anyone with an acoustic instrument is welcome to join, and music lovers are welcome to sit back, relax, and enjoy! Every 2nd Sunday of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm we will be playing and listening to old time country, bluegrass, Cajun, and folk tunes. The event is free and open to the public.