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Free Brown Bag concerts return to downtown Monroe

Brown Bag Concert at Palace Park
Northeast Louisiana Arts Council
Brown Bag Concert at Palace Park

The NELA Arts Council started the Brown Bag Concert Series in 1983 as a free lunchtime concert series. The concerts return to Monroe this April for concerts at noon on Wednesdays at Palace Park in downtown Monroe.

April 3 – Smackwater
We’ll kick off the Series with an area favorite! Smackwater (featuring Steve Cagle, Mike Weathersby, Phil Welch, and Richard McClain) provides the soundtrack for numerous area events and festivals – anywhere fun and music are found. Today they’ll bring their truly versatile playlist of classic rock, R&B, Louisiana Soul, Swamp Pop, Funk, Soul, and Country to give us a lively start to the Series.

April 10: Jeff Hicks and Matt Morgan
We’ll swing into the next outing of the Series with a jazzy, bluegrass jam. You may have heard this duo at popular local venues such as Flying Tiger Brewery with their unique brand of progressive bluegrass performances. Today they’ll treat us to their incredible talent and relaxed, easy stage presence as the second outing of the Series.

April 17 - Denene Stringfellow
For our third outing of the Series, we’ll lift your spirits with an all-gospel show! Yes, it’s Ruston’s own, Denene Stringfellow! Come see why Ruston observes Denene Stringfellow Day each year! He’s back by popular demand -- a great way to head into the final performance for the Series.

April 24 – Ian Smith (Ian Keys)
New to the Series is exciting solo artist Ian Smith, also known as Ian Keys. Ian is known for his smooth, sultry style and gifted keyboard performances. Come join us for the mellow, soulful finale for the Spring Series!

Georgia Street from the Arts Council joins Cory Crowe on KEDM's Lagniappe.

Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.