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2023 Memphis International Blues Challenge winner, Mathias Lattin, to play in downtown West Monroe Friday, May 31st

The Ouachita Live Concert Series returns with Friday, May 31 with blues guitarist Mathias Lattin. Lattin was the winner of the prestigious International Blues Challenge and best Blues guitarist for 2023.

At only 12 years old Lattin began stepping into the Houston Blues scene after being invited by John Del Toro Richardson to attend a weekly blues jam at The Big Easy. He gained national attention as he joined Keeshea Pratt Band (IBC 2018) in 2020. after touring with the Keeshea Pratt Band and along with joinning Braziliam Bluesman Chris Crochemore for the 2022 International Blues Challenge, Mathias decided to take a shot at the IBC on his own in 2023.

Mathias went on to win first place at the IBC at only 20 years old. He also was awarded Best Guitarist the same year, an accomplishment no one has been able to do. As a formally trained jazz guitarist, he now infuses the style into his playing and song writing.

Jill Carr, Ouachita Live representative first saw Mathias playing in Houston when he was only 17 years old. Jill says, " I heard him before I saw him and then I had to turn around because he's good. He is not one to miss."

Along with Lattin's performance brought to you by Ouachita Live, downtown West Monroe will be bustling with activity as local restaurants, food trucks, and shops on the alley will be open. And just in case our Louisiana weather decides to rain down some blues of its own a backup location will be provided.

Ouachita Live is a free event to the public, but donations are graciously accepted. Bring your own chair and get ready to hear some spectacular live music from 7-9pm this Friday night.

A native of West Monroe, Lexi is a junior at the University of Louisiana Monroe where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in communications.