The West Baton Rouge Museum is reclaiming its blues history with the grand opening of the WBRM Juke Joint. A Friday Night Fish Fry is planned for the grand opening with a special musical tribute to our very own blues legend, Slim Harpo who is from Mulatto Bend.
The West Baton Rouge Museum will open registration for the 2018 Teachers’ Institute on Monday, March 26, 2018. The two-day summer professional development series is designed for in-service K-12 teachers across all subject areas. This summer will be the twelfth year the museum is offering this professional development program. Participants will produce a theme-based lesson with the help of museum staff and special guests for use in their classrooms. They will also receive classroom resource materials, a certificate of participation, and a $100 stipend upon completion of all
institute activities and assignments. Daily lunches are provided. The Teachers’ Institute is limited to 25 participants. Availability is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration forms may be downloaded from by clicking this link or picked up at the museum. Completed forms may be faxed to (225) 336-2448 or emailed to Museum Educator, Gwenn LaViolette, at
[email protected]. For more information, please call Museum Educator, Gwenn LaViolette at (225) 336-2422 x16.
Join us Sunday, September 30th for a Baton Rouge Blues on the Gold Coast Supper Club at the West Baton Rouge Museum.
We’re playing your song with a blues-themed event taking place at a juke joint on the beautiful grounds of Port Allen’s West Baton Rouge Museum. Chef David Crews – creator of Cleveland, Mississippi’s nationally recognized Delta Supper Club will be at the stove, while local blues duo Smokehouse Porter and Ms. Mamie play classic Baton Rouge blues at the historic juke joint located on the grounds during cocktail hour.
On the grounds of the museum stands a Juke Joint that illustrates the major role West Baton Rouge Parish played in the evolution of the “Baton Rouge Blues. In the first half of the 20th century, Port Allen and surrounding communities were home to many juke joints. Popular hotspots on the westbank attracted a steady flow of patrons from both sides of the Mississippi River-people looking for a good time in establishments that stayed open all night. In the 1950s and ‘60s, less-restrictive liquor laws and the many juke joints that flourished on the westbank, created fertile ground for live music by the likes of Slim Harpo, Buddy Guy, Lazy Lester and Ernie K-Doe; and earned the stretch of Highway 190 from the river to LA 415 the nickname “The Gold Coast.”
EAT WELL. RAISE A GLASS. MAKE NEW FRIENDS.
For any questions, please contact Country Roads event coordinator, Sadler Ward, [email protected].
** No refunds will be issued within seven days of event date.
* Country Roads Supper Club events are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we make every effort to ensure that guests are comfortably accommodated. In the event that a Supper Club event coincides with weather severe enough to trigger a National Weather Service watch or warning within a twenty-five-mile radius of the supper site, the event will be rescheduled or canceled.
* If weather forces an event postponement, every effort will be made to reschedule within a reasonable time frame. Existing tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date. If circumstances require a cancellation, a full refund will be issued.
Trick or treat at historic houses, play vintage games, enjoy hauntingly good live music, and more. Come see for yourself what the West Baton Rouge Parish Library and the Museum have in store. FREE
Space is limited. Advanced registration is required by calling 225-336-2422 Ext. 200. FREE.
Gather with West Baton Rouge Museum Staffers and other members of the Francophone community around the coffee pot for conversations in French, Cajun French, or Creole. First Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m.
Space is limited. To reserve your spot, call 225-336-2422 x200. FREE.